KEPYR (Kids Entertainment Professionals for Young Refugees) announced a submission for their ‘Draw Superman And Help Kids’ auction this past week. This is the first of many of KEPYR’s annual original art auctions with the deadline on April 3rd and the auction set to take place that month, so it’s safe to say we can expect some new Superman art pieces in the future and all for a good cause.
The entertainers and creators who volunteer for KEPYR projects have worked for or have experience with some of the biggest names in entertainment. In addition to DC Comics, there’s Mattel, Marvel, Disney, DreamWorks, Hasbro, HIT Entertainment, and so much more. Creative individuals from every part of film, tv, video game, and comic book production make a difference to entertain, educate, and inspire the 35 million children displaced from their homes around the world. This involves creating works that both represent them and bring attention to their issues, while also giving the gift of financial charity to them and their families.
Here are the details of the auction:
KEPYR chose the Man of Steel as their first character-driven theme because Kal-El isn’t just an alien from another world, but a refugee from a major disaster. Depending on the story you read, Krypton’s destruction and his displacement could’ve been due to a natural disaster or armed conflict – both of which affect real people today. KEPYR was right to think that the most famous refugee of all would be the first character theme fundraiser.
KEPYR has been working closely with UNICEF since 2016 when they began as an annual online fundraiser with a grant from the bank. Their donations, from the beginning, have always been to help displaced children and their families by providing funds for food, medicine, and housing. According to KEPYR, the global child refugee crisis has only increased over the last 80 years and a child’s education and entertainment shouldn’t be a luxury or taken from them. After all, those are what help everyone grow.
For more information on KEPYR and more of their year-round events and donations, visit their site at KEPYR.org. You don’t have to be a professional entertainer or artist to donate. However, those that are will be producing new and original 2D art of Superman these next two months to be auctioned in the spring. Perhaps we will see some comic book pros submit some pieces, I sure hope so.