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Cartoonists Draw Blood event

College girl donating blood at the Red Cross

Red-blooded cartoonists who live near America’s capital and have marker fluid in their veins will be helping the Red Cross collect much needed supplies at the fourth annual “Cartoonists Draw Blood” event in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 29, 2016. As the American Red Cross gets blood from volunteer donors, eleven leading cartoonists from the DC area will be there to draw a complimentary sketch for all who give blood. The event is at Seekers Church (276 Carroll Street, NW in Washington, DC 20012 — one block from Takoma Metro).


It’s one of many ways the vibrant DC-area comics scene has collaborated with the community and helped make comics relevant for everybody and welcomed by new followers.


Organizer Carolyn Belefski, chair of the Washington, DC chapter of the National Cartoonists Society, developed the idea because “it is a great opportunity for cartoonists to use their skills in a positive way and connect with the local community. Additionally, when we did the blood drive last fall, we saved the lives of up to 90 strangers and the American Red Cross asked us to do another drive!”  


The day is sponsored by Cartoonists Draw Blood, the American Red Cross, the National Cartoonists Society and Seekers Church; the featured cartoonists are Steve Artley, Carolyn Belefski, Eric Gordon, Mal Jones, Bill Brown, Liz Reed, Kerry Johnson, Joe Sutliff, Kyra Taub, and Art Hondros.  


Blood donors can sign up for appointments every 15 minutes between 10am and 3:30pm. To donate blood, please email drive coordinators Belefski and Troy-Jeffrey Allen at with your preferred appointment time. Walk-in blood donations are also accepted.  


On the day, the organizers remind you to be sure to drink plenty of fluids, include iron-rich foods in your diet, bring a list of medications you are taking, and bring a photo ID.  


Make a strong showing to keep Cartoonists Draw Blood happening and show that your commitment to comics and heroism for your fellow humans is more than skin deep!