The Giant Robot Magazine Needs You drive came and left months ago, and the response was really amazing and has been helping us get through a tough time. In fact, we're looking into other creative ways to get help from supporters but I don't want to get ahead of myself. After GR67 went to press, we finally had our final artist sign some goodies, and we're actually sending out care packages including prints, sets of art books, and back issue. Who signed what? Above: Phil Lumbang, David Choe, James Jean, Megan Whitmarsh. Below: Rob Sato, Stella Lai, kozyndan, Jeana Sohn.
It was a fun task to drive around to the various artists' studios and homes. Yes, they were the subjects of cover stories, and are often editoral contributors and art show participants as well, but many of them have become friends. It's cool to see the range of creative folks from indie cartoonists to big-time gallery artists who appreciate what we do. They were glad to help, and it was nice to catch up with them. Below: kozyndan, Martin Cendreda, Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath, Souther Salazar. (Yes, kozyndan signed a magazine cover as well as the Urban Myths book that we published for them, while David Choe, James Jean, Stella Lai, and Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath signed both magazine covers and prints for us.)
There's more to GR than art–a few filmmakers and musician immediately come to mind as people I should have asked to sign mags–but I think our friends will appreciate these prints, books, and mags. I was amazed by the contents as I put them together. I still need addresses from some donors, and if you're one of them, get back to me! Also, if you don't get your print by the end of the week, let me know as well. I can probably send a replacement…
If you still want to help, the Giant Robot Needs You site is still functional and we have a lot of cool stuff to offer. You can also help out by subscribing, getting your friends to subscribe, shopping at the GR stores, or even advertising. One more round of thanks to the donors for the support, the artists for signing, and you for reading this all the way to the end.