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Art for Hope: Nepal Anthology Offers Art for Disaster Relief

Art for Hope: NepalAfter the terrible 2011 earthquake in Japan, VIZ Media and Autodesk released the digital art anthology Art for Hope with all of VIZ’s proceeds going to disaster relief. Now, several months after the approximately 8 magnitude April earthquake in Nepal, VIZ and Autodesk have teamed up again for the sequel, Art for Hope: Nepal. This time the money goes to Build Change for their help in the disaster relief. 

Art for Hope is digital-only, with 113 pages showcasing the work of different artists from different parts of the globe. Russ Badgett, Gretchen Bartz, Alan Bay, Victor Beuren, Heidi Black, Alice Brereton, Alan Brown, Heather Burns, Juan Calle, Taylor Carlisle, Carolina Casal, Veronica Casson, Belinda Chen, Lee Teng Chew, Laura Dooley, Isabelle Dorr, Rashad Doucet, Matthew Fletcher, Gale Galligan, Morgan Harrigan, Ray-Anthony Height, Becca Hillburn, Brett Hobson, Laura Horton, David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, Martin Hsu, Karibu/Danica Brine, Kayden Klok, Natali Koromoto, Sonia Leong, Comfort Love & Adam Withers, Emily-Fay Lunn, Lisa Manuzak, Ian McGinty, Chan Wook Min, Ket Monnyreak, Susan Murtaugh, Lydia “Applelii” Obregon, Rey Paez, Dan Parent, Alessandro Pastori, Angi Pauly, Andrew Pawley, Lark Pien, Eric Proctor, Francesca Resta, Franco Rivolli, Angela Rizza, Sarah Stern, Kat Uno, Filippo onez Vanzo, Walden Wong, Ilya Yakovlev and Leanne Yu all give their art. As opposed to being a comic book, each page has a brief artist bio, a quote from the artist about the inspiration behind their work and helping Nepal, and then an image from the artist.

The artwork really runs the gamut, showing everything from manga-inspired art to American comic book style to very realistic representations to the totally psychedelic. There’s basically something for everyone here. You can see a thread of how all of this connects to Nepal, though sometimes there’s only a vague thread (for instance, a flower blossoming out of darkness as a symbol of hope) and other times the art is quite specific (like images involving Kathmandu). But, because it is not a comic book or manga, it does not have a linear, sequential story going on with its artwork. Each piece of art can stand on its own. 

This is different from what VIZ normally publishes, and at $4.99 it’s a great purchase for art fans who want to give back. (Coincidentally, the comic book Art Aid Nepal Anthology, out of the UK, has a similar setup of using comics-inspired art to raise funds for Nepal.) Because several months have passed, the situation in Nepal has slipped from the headlines, but it’s important to remember that disaster relief is still needed and there is more we can do. 

Publisher: VIZ Media

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