It was important to both Rob & I that the heart of the project be dedicated to raising funds for a local organization.
About 7 weeks ago I was approached by Rob Howard of Kawartha Local with the inspired idea of creating Action Trading Cards with a super hero spin. These cards would highlight 6 local individuals who embody community spirit & are viewed as ambassadors for change and the betterment of Ptbo as a whole. It was important to both Rob & I that the heart of the project be dedicated to raising funds for a local organization. After tossing around ideas Rob suggested the downtown Warming Room - honestly, a place I had no idea existed, dedicated to providing a safe, warm space for the homeless. I was immediately sold.
The folks we chose are all unique in their own way - often contributing to community causes behind the scenes, separate from their super alter-egos. Being a public figure is great, but being an awesome mild mannered Peterborian...Peterborite?... was even more important in our selection process. In fact, there are SO many amazing people contributing in amazing ways to our city, this sparked some social media conversation on a possible online selection process for a 2nd series of cards. Stay tuned!
A reception and project launch is planned for Saturday Feb 6th from 4 to 6 pm at Black Honey Coffeehouse, 221 Hunter. Cards will be available for sale with several “superheros” on hand at the event. We hope to raise some serious cash for the warming room!
The Community Superheroes edition of Peterborough Trading Cards is limited to 100 sets, 600 cards signed and numbered by yours truly. Cards are sold in packages of 3 for $17.70, online at kawarthalocal.ca, and at Naked Chocolate and Black Honey Coffeehouse, both on Hunter Street. Collectors can complete their set by trading any “doubles” at Facebook.com/KawarthaLocal or by making contact with other collectors on Twitter with the #PTBOTradingCards hashtag. There will be an online silent auction for set #1 of the cards and for signed larger scale versions of my portraits. Howard estimates that combined sales for the project will raise $2500 for The Warming Room.
(full press release here)
Once again, real proof that Peterborough & the people in it, are the best. Special thanks to Rob for bringing me in on this project, and can't forget Jeff Macklin and The Commercial Press for their crazy good design and printing skills!
Check out all our super humans below!