August 01, 2012

Chucks for Fiver!

Ok, after a great response to my off-the-cuff request for custom Chuck Taylors for Mel, I have decided to make this my main avenue for gathering items for the ALS Charity Auction at DragonCon this year! 

Chucks for Fiver 

Here's the deal - You find an artist that's willing to decorate some Converse Sneakers for charity, and I will provide the shoes. The finished products will be up for sale at the DragonCon Charity Auction on Sunday, September 2nd. All proceeds will go to the ALS Association of Georgia, Melissa's charity.
If you've ever met Melissa, she was probably wearing her Converse: Xmas Ornament-Mel's Shoes ALS Walk 2010 - Fiver's Flamingos Choir Christmas Party Fivers Team 2009 Bad Boy Harry & Fiver Mel and Gabby Mel's POV - Bok Tower Rocky Cast & Friends CabinCon 2009 - Deb and Mel T-Rex Halloween Costumes 2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Group Indy Pics sjapan409

(You get the point. It's pretty much all she wears.)

Just to be clear: The shoes are for the Charity Auction, not for Mel herself. She has about 15 pairs already. But if you want to make a 2nd pair to give to Melissa, that's up to you. The main push of this is to raise money for the ALS Association. I told her that one of the only advantages of her having ALS is because she doesn't actually WALK on them in the wheelchair, her shoes will never wear out!

Details: If you can provide the shoes, great, but if not, let me know what color you need and I'll send them to you. Art guidelines: Subject matter is fairly open, but cartoons are probably easiest. Some of Melissa's favorite things are : Lord of the Rings, Disney Movies, Studio Ghibli movies (Totoro, Castle in the Sky, Porco Rosso, etc.), Firefly, Star Wars, Sandman Comics, Calvin + Hobbes, Anime Characters (Emma, Deathnote, Fruits Basket, Robotech, Kyo Kara Maoh), the Minions from "Despicable Me" and Toothless from "How to Train Your Dragon".

**UPDATE** : Instructables has a great tutorial on how to paint on Converse-type shoes.
Be sure to sign your work, and put "For Fiver" on the back stripe (or anywhere else)

You can contact me at with any questions, or to request some "Canvas" on which to make your art! Even if you don't think you can help, I would appreciate a share on your wall and perhaps someone else will be able to help. Did I mention all donations are tax deductible? Thanks so much guys.

Send the finished Chucks to: 
Dragon*Con Charity Events 
445 Atlanta South Pkwy #105 
Atlanta, GA 30349 

Please include your contact information (name and mailing address or email) for donation tracking purposes. We will be using a new computer system this year that allows us to track all donations and after the completion of the convention we will be sending out receipts to everyone that made a donation. 

 If you'd rather bring the item to us at the convention, we have a Charity Events Booth open all day Friday and Saturday at the convention, in the Marriot Hotel, 1 floor below the hotel registration desk.All Donations must be received by August 31st.

Be sure to stop by the DragonCon Charity Auction on Sunday, September 2nd and see all the finished products!

All right, all you artists and knowers-of-artists! Go to it and let's awesome up some Chucks!

"For Fiver!"