We’ll be there for you

Com­mu­nity spirit How fan­tasy artists have come to­gether to raise money for one of their own, via the Gate of Fire ini­tia­tive

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Muddy Colors is a fan­tasy art blog that show­cases orig­i­nal art­work and ar­ti­cles to the com­mu­nity. Artist and blog con­trib­u­tor Arnie Fen­ner re­cently fea­tured a very im­por­tant cause on the site: friend and artist Allen Wil­liams is suf­fer­ing from HPVre­lated squa­mous cell car­ci­noma.

An­other artist, Iain McCaig – along with Karla Or­tiz, and Chris­tian and An­drea Alz­mann – has set up the Gate of Fire fund to raise money for treat­ment. “As an artist and hu­man be­ing, Allen is beloved. He’s given so much of his art, in­spi­ra­tion, friend­ship and time to us all. Let’s re­turn the favour and help him now he and his fam­ily need it most,” says Iain.

“I’ve just re­turned from Spec­trum Fan­tas­tic Art Live, but one of us was no­tably miss­ing this year. At the end of the first day, artists filled the floor to send a photo mes­sage to Allen and his wife, Vicki. It’s a mes­sage for ev­ery­one in our phan­tas­magor­i­cal com­mu­nity, that no mat­ter what demons you’re fight­ing, we are there too. You are not alone.”

With $40,000 raised, more is needed. You can do­nate at

Au­gust 2015

Allen’s’ strik­ing drawing (left) fea­tured in is­sue 109 of Imag­ineFX. Allen Wil­liams worked on Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film Pa­cific Rim.

The com­mu­nity gath­ered to­gether at Spec­trum Fan­tas­tic Art Live to send Allen

and his wife an inspiring mes­sage.

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