Game artbook seeks submissions to raise money for ill Blizzard staffer

Game artbook seeks submissions to raise money for ill Blizzard staffer
Aaron Lee

By Aaron Lee

September 10th 2013 at 3:29PM

Proceeds from volume of fan art to go to Blizzard artist and his fight against rare cancer

An artbook of video game fan art is being compiled to help raise money for a game artist suffering from a rare form of cancer.

Kevin Kanai Griffith currently works as an artist on Diablo III at Blizzard Entertainment, and has been fighting an unusual and particularly cruel form of cancer known as Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS) for more than 12 months now.

At present, there appears to be no cure or clear treatment for the cancer. Numerous trips to doctors and hospitals have yet been unfruitful for the 29-year-old.

Keen to help Griffith’s in his struggle, the non-profit organisation Gamers for Good has started a campaign to create an artbook of his favourite video games, as submitted by professional artists and game fans.

Once complete, proceeds from this book will go to Griffith.

There are currently over 100 artists from the games industry creating art for the book, based on games including Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV, Super Metroid, World of Warcraft and Minecraft.

Liz Cooper, one of the founders of Gamers for Good, told Develop: “Peet Cooper, my husband, worked with Kevin for five years at Blizzard. As friends of Kevin, we have personally watched his battle. We have watched a guy who was quick to give back to the game community, game artists and those all around him slide from that position to one where he needed. Being a giver it is hard to become someone who needs. Kevin spent so many hours promoting the art community at Blizzard.”

She added: “Gamers for Good came to fruition to make this project possible, we had been kicking the idea around for a bit, but this gave it purpose.

“The artbook was chosen as our outlet because of how much of a huge gamer Kevin is and how connected to the game art community he is. For so many that know and love Kevin, this was a natural way to both present something anyone would be willing to pay for and something that Kevin would enjoy having made in his honour.”

Gamers for Good hope to raise as much money for Griffith and “shed some positive light on the industry as a whole,” Cooper said.

The campaign is live now and is accepting art submissions until November 10th, 2013.

To find out more about the project or to donate art yourself, visit the campaign website.