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Anders Nilsen has been thinking about our screwed up health care system for a long time. In 2005 the artist watched his fiancee, Cheryl Weaver, also an artist, fight a losing a battle with Hodgkins disease without the benefit of health insurance, and nothing since then, including life with his new wife, has changed his mind about what a disaster the system is. Now he's organizing an eBay art auction (including this untitled painting of his) to help fund the campaign for a public option in health care.
Proceeds will go to national advocacy groups like Howard Dean's Democracy for America and Health Care for America. The auction, with opening bids starting at about $100, will offer the work of many artists familiar to Reader readers, including Lynda Barry and Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Ivan Brunetti, Jeffrey Brown, Todd Baxter, Lilli Carré, Steven Eichhorn, Genevieve Elverum, Phil Elverum, David Heatley, Paul Hornschemeier, Kevin Huizenga, Kyle Obriot, John Porcellino, Sonnenzimmer Print Studio, and Jay Ryan.
The auction went live today on eBay.
The story of Weaver's death and the graphic novel Nilsen wrote about it, Don't Go Where I Can't Follow, were the subject of a 2007 Reader cover story by Jessica Hopper.