Cran the Man

March 10, 2011

Recently I was contacted to participate in a fundraising event for John “The Cran” Randall, who owned a comic shop called Land of Cran Comics in Canton, Ohio before the store closed in October, 2010, after 20 years of business. Mr. Randall was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, so family, friends, and patrons are putting together a benefit auction to help with his medical expenses.

There will also be a 3-day eBay auctions beginning on Friday, March 25th. This auction will include artwork by…

  • Robert Atkins (GI Joe)
  • Darryl Banks (Green Lantern)
  • Jeremy Dale (GI Joe, Skyward, Absolute Zeros)
  • Todd Dezago (Tellos, Perhapanauts, Super Hero Squad)
  • Tom Feister (GI Joe Origins, Ex Machina)
  • Gene Gonzales (Pin-Up Artist)
  • Scott James (Mutants and Masterminds)
  • Comfort Love and Adam Withers (Mutants and Masterminds, the Uniques)
  • Todd Nauck (Young Justice, Wild Guard and Amazing Spider-Man)
  • Joe Pekar (Pin-Up artist)
  • Craig Rousseau (Perhapanauts, X-Men First Class)
  • Neil Gaiman (Stardust, American Gods, Anansi, Sandman, Black Orchid)

Plus items donated by Dark Horse, IDW, DC Comics, and even some movie props.

To read more about what’s going on, and being done for John, check out the Cran Man blog.

To wet a few appetites, below is the evolution of the image I’ll be donating to the cause. What is more appealing than the wicked, yet alluring, Baroness.



and finally…

Luscious color

Remember, this is for a good cause. A guy who has given his best to his community for almost a quarter century, and the devotion shown by those around him is only testament to that. If you have the interest and can help out, please check out their website, and make a bid. You get art, John gets a helping hand.

Thanks for reading.