Perhaps one of the most unsung set of athletes in America, superheroes with their MMA moves are on display to raise money for the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. After unofficially declaring famine in 2011 for the first time since 1990, the comic book world decided that 2012 was the time to take a stand on ending starvation in that part of the world. Making the idea found in comic books of a "Justice League" an ongoing reality, residents of Portland, San Diego, Chicago, and Atlanta will be able to see Darkness and Light: Art Inspired by Heroes and Villains, Hope and Heroism.
Meant to raise money for the We Can Be Heroes campaign, contained in the art display are the odd combination of, "comic-inspired artwork and real-world photography that shows moments of heroism in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya." According to their press release, this tour is made possible by DC Entertainment.
When asked about what makes this tour unique, an email about the event points to the, "large-scale piece of original artwork by Jim Lee that is the centerpiece of art displayed." The email advertisement goes on to say, "The legendary artist and DC Entertainment co-publisher created a profile of Batman in a color palette inspired by the hues of Africa.
Would you like to buy one of these pieces of art? At the end of the tour (around September 26), there will be an auction with proceeds donated to the We Can Be Heroes cause. Due to the ongoing 60 year hunger crisis in Africa, more focus will be drawn to this charity in the future through events like these.
As the first of many initiatives by DC Entertainment, upcoming events can be found at their website. Contributions can be made at any time to WeCanBeHeroes.org. DC Comics also gives a 100% match donation to Mercy Corps, the International Rescue Committee, and Save the Children when you give through their homepage.
The current tour dates and locations are as follows:
Portland : June 25-30, Mercy Corps Global Headquarters
San Diego and San Diego Comic-Con: July 9-15, Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts
Atlanta : August 4-13, Phipps Plaza
Chicago: September 20-26, location to be announced
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