Christmas came early to Aldrin Stoja (above) when he won the auction of a lifetime, getting to star alongside his favourite superhero, Batman, in the Dark Knight’s new comic, Batman Incorporated.
Aldrin won this incredible experience in the Comic Book Alliance’s first fundraising auction, bidding an impressive £1,127 for the honour. Aldrin said, “I totally support the work that the Comic Book Alliance does, and I am hopeful that my contribution will help make a difference in 2011.”
The story will be written by "the man who killed Batman" award-winning scribe and comics legend, Grant Morrison, and will drawn by Chris Burnham.
“When I heard about the auction, I knew I had to win!” enthused Aldrin. “The chance to be written as a character by Grant Morrison, to be rescued by Batman, and to be able to donate to a very worthy cause—the Comic Book Alliance—made it an absolute in my book. I have been in love with the heroes at DC Comics as far back as I can remember, and to be written and drawn into an issue of Batman Incorporated. is the next best thing to writing and/or drawing the book myself.”
BATMAN INCORPORATED is the new best-selling comic book from Grant Morrison (above) highlighting the new status quo in the BATMAN series, as Bruce Wayne takes the Bat-franchise global. Batman will dramatically rescue Aldrin in a story that takes Batman in a desperate race across two continents and two decades in a spectacular battle to save the world from a terrifying new threat. Aldrin Stoja will feature in BATMAN INC. #4 (below) on sale 16th February 2011.
The Comic Book Alliance (CBA) “The Voice of the British Comics Industry” also had other items in their very first fundraising auction including a personalised portrait by Frank Quitely—winner of four 2010 Eagle Awards and one of the hottest artists in comics (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin), and co-designer of Robbie William’s album, Intensive Care—which went for £370.96. The money raised in the auction was an impressive total of over £3,000!
The CBA supports and promotes comic creators, publishers, retailers and distributors, both in the UK and abroad, At the heart of the Alliance, fellow founders Shane Chebsey, GM Jordan, and I, have assembled an Advisory Board made up of leading academics and professionals from a wide spectrum including chat show host, turned comic book writer, Jonathan Ross and V for Vendetta artist David Lloyd. In the last year we've helped organise and promote major exhibitions and sent thousands of free comic books to the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. We also run a website that helps the general public find their local comic book retailer (www.comicshops.co.uk) and with over 1.5m visitors.
It’s been wonderfully overwhelming to see so many British comic creators and publishers generously donating their time and items to this very worthy cause—and the fans bidding so much for them. A huge thank you to everyone for coming together to support the medium they love. This money will allow us to do some very important work to secure the future of British comics. We have plans for a second auction in the New Year with some exciting donations from Mark Millar. We've only just begun.
Watch this space!