One of the Bunker’s favorite young(ish) cartoonists, Anders Nilsen, has started an art auction to support the current efforts by the US Government to reform the country’s health care system in favor of the universal scheme the country should have had a long time ago. The prospect of these vitally important measures crashing a burning due to shortsighted partisanship and special interests is simply too depressing to contemplate. Nilsen evidently shares this view and has asked a number of his peers to contribute art to the cause.

In his own words:

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned to my wife, Heather that I was thinking about putting a couple of drawings or paintings up for auction on ebay to raise a little money to influence the health care debate. The fact that some democrats were beginning to distance themselves from a Public Option (a compromise from the beginning, since Single Payer is, to me and most on the left, really the only sane system) was frustrating, infuriating, depressing, etc. The screaming morons and outrageous lies turning up at town hall meetings all over the country were just as bad. Heather said “Sure, good idea, but why don’t you get some other people involved and raise some real money.” So I did. Click here to see the auction (or go to ebay and search for “46 Million”). I also managed to get both the Chicago Reader and Time Out to cover it. And most importantly, the response from the artists I asked to contribute has been humbling and incredibly generous. Here’s a list of the contributing artists and a few of the 51 pieces (so far) on auction:

John Porcellino, Genevieve Castree, Chris Ware, Ivan Brunetti, Dan Clowes, Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie), Jeffrey Brown, Paul Hornschemeier, Todd Baxter, Sonnenzimmer Print Studio, Kevin Huizenga, Jay Ryan/The Bird Machine, Lynda Barry, Lilli Carré, Cheryl Weaver, David Heatley, Kyle Obriot, Stephen Eichhorn, Buenaventura Press, Sammy Harkham, James Sturm, Souther Salazar, And, obviously, me.

As for the money, it will go to grass roots efforts and TV ads in the districts and states of fence sitting Democrats (the focus presently is to get the number of supportive Senators from 45 to a majority of 51) to support a strong public option in the final health overhaul legislation that goes to the President. For more on the kinds of efforts we support, and for more information about the issue, check out Democracy for America and Health Care for America Now.

So hop over to his site, sign the petition and consider buying some art. There’s some great stuff on offer.

Art by Nilsen.