Friday, April 27, 2012

Parker-Mannion collaboration

2012.04.21 Barnabas Health Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ
Hospice Care FDC 1999

When I purchased several first day covers, I found a Hospice Care cover from 1999. At first I was not sure how I would use this particular cover. When I found out the both Rick Parker and Steve Mannion would be returning to meet fans at the April show I came up with the idea of a collaboration between the two. I approached Parker first, with the idea of them each drawing a nurse, with full knowledge that the style of nurse they would draw would not be the type of nurse that would provide the typical hospice care. Nevertheless, this is a comic sketch, so all ideas are welcomed. With the space provided on the cover, Parker came up with the idea of drawing half a nurse and Mannion drawing the other half. Two distinctly different styles coming up with a nurse that is unique. Reminds me of the B-movie beauty queen who runs afoul of an evil doctor and seeks out her revenge on her patients (I don't think I want to know what she is doing with that IV)!

The comic show featured for the first time a lecture series that featured Arlen Schumer speaking on "My Comic Book Life" a lively lecture with Schumer wearing a white suit and a Superman cape. Visually stunning! next Rick Parker gave a demonstration on "How to Create a Comic Book Character" followed by Hannah Means-Shannon speaking on "Why Superheroes Matter: Modern Mythology from Comics to Films". 

Good versus Evil the Comics Podcast was on-site, along with Shane Moore (Omen Comics) Dave Ryan (War of the Independents) Erica Schultz (M3), Chris Notarile (The Protector) Paul Castiglia (Archie Comics)... Picked up Steve Mannion's Fearless Dawn in Outer Space, another classic...

Hospice care focuses on palliative care of terminally ill patients. The concept has been around for centuries, but modern hospice services emerged in the 1950s in the US and the United Kingdom. Cicely Saunders, a British nurse, pioneered modern care of the terminally ill. Obtaining her doctorate she opened the St. Christopher's Hospice in 1967. At the same time Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote On Death and Dying, 1969, showing how the medical profession responded to the terminally ill. Modern hospice care includes palliative care for the ill, along with providing care for patients who wish to die in their own homes as well as hospitals or nursing homes. Barnabas Hospice has offered physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families for over 30 years. their services are dedicated to improve the quality of life while providing comfort, preserving dignity and honoring the unique wishes of each patient and family.

Superheroes for Hospice is a funding raising event  in support of the Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Livingston, NJ. Other volunteer programs include Paws for patients - Canine therapy Program and Bear Hugs, where volunteers sew memory bears for grieving families...

Example of a Memory Bear, Superman style, as sewn by my wife, Nancy who is a volunteer...

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