September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Vampires and blood drives seem like a no brainer – but unfortunately for an online event like this – a virtual “blood drive” will have to do instead. September also happens to be Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell disease is a red blood cell disorder is common among those whose ancestors came from sub-Saharan Africa; Spanish-speaking regions in the Western Hemisphere (South America, the Caribbean & Central America); Saudi Arabia; India & Mediterranean countries such as Turkey, Greece, and Italy.

So we’re raising money during #BIPOCVampDay for Sickle Cell Disease research and treatment.

WHAT IS SICKLE CELL DISEASE?

SCD is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. Healthy red blood cells are round, and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. In someone who has SCD, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle”. The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow. This can cause pain and other serious problems such infection, acute chest syndrome and stroke.(www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/facts.html)

FUNDRAISER (Donate here)

The Raffle Prizes:

Scarecrow Fangs Package – A care package donated by Scarecrow Vampire Fangs containing a variety of fangs (Classic Deluxe Fangs, Werewolf Deluxe Fangs, Small Sexy Deluxe Fangs, Small Chrome Glam Metallic Fangs, and Spiral Deluxe Fangs), our Bucky Tooth Cap, and SVF stickers galore. Value: $125

www.scarecrowvampires.com

Custom Ink Illustration Commission (2) Donated by Vampy McVamperson of your OC or portrait of choice to two winners. Spicy commission requests are also welcome. Original artwork can be mailed if requested or a high quality digital scan will be provided by email. Value: $100

Vampy McVamperson is a vampire artist focused on illustrating butch for butch lesbian vampires.

www.instagram.com/vampymcvamperson

Brilliant Diamond Highlighter Set (Vampire Genshin AU) & Spinal Lip Gloss – Donated by Nocturna Alchemy, a highlighter set (5) of highly pigmented, shimmery highlighters that are buttery to touch. Can also double as eyeshadow. The case art is inspired by a dark/vampire AU of the Genshin Universe. Quartz Spinal Lipgloss is a medium-sheer gloss that is buildable. It’s also a good topper for another gloss or lip product. Value: $94

Animus Resin Heart Set – Donated by Nocturna Designs, two resin casted hearts with various dried flowers and greenery. Some have small swords inside! Each heart is different and one of a kind. This set will come with one pink heart and one yellow heart. Keep both for yourself or share with a friend. Value: $62

@cannibalxashi is a Fijian/Canadian mixed media artist, residing in Vancouver, BC. They own Nocturna, a shop with handmade resin art, dark academia/victorian decor and lots of witchy apothecaries. They also started a small cosmetics line, Nocturna Alchemy, that caters to people who enjoy alt makeup and video game themed products. 

www.nocturnaalchemy.com

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Nocturnadesigns

“Vampiric Touch” Red and Black Dice Set and Soul Gem – Donated by Pieces of Parhelia. Beautiful red and black dice set and soul gem – perfect for your next TTRPG adventure. The set includes a  1d20, 1d12, 1d10, 1d100, 1d8, 1d6, 1d6 crystal, 1d4 crystal and a  Soul Gem custom inked for the winner. Value: $70

Piece of Parhelia – Dice and other Tabletop Wares made by a proud Filipina-American. Their website, https://www.piecesofparhelia.com/ is launching soon, but you can find them on Instagram.

https://instagram.com/piecesofparhelia

Handmade Coffin Earrings – Cross/Bats – donated by SAMazon Creations, these earrings sparkle with an iridescent shimmer and are mostly transparent. Feature the image of a bats or crosses. Lightweight earrings with stainless steel hooks. (Value: $20)

SAMazon Creations is an Oregon artist who makes a variety of creations, from art prints and stickers, to one of a kind resin jewelry.

You can purchase raffle tickets by donating $5 or more on Tiltify with a variety of rewards including stickers, buttons, a postcard set, and custom illustrations. Visit our Tiltify page for more details. You can also purchase raffle tickets by pre-ordering our charity zine.

DIGITAL SWAG (Donate here)

Here’s a quick look at some of the physical rewards we have for our donors. Every dollar counts!

VAMP SNACK ($10) – A repeat donor! Receive 3 raffle tickets for entry, a digital thank you card as our undying thanks.

FLEDGELING VAMP ($20) – Welcome to the world, new fledgling. 6 Raffle Tickets, a set of digital/mobile wallpaper artwork(4) featuring BIPOC vampires, and all previous rewards.

VAMPIRE SOCIALITE ($40) – Rise the ranks of vampire society. 8 raffle tickets, Digital download of “Beats That Bite” digital album by VLNS Beats, and all previous rewards.

VAMPIRE COUNCIL ($60) – Join the council! 10 Raffle Tickets, a digital copy of Vampire of Color: Vol 1, an early release copy of Young Blood by Sylvester Barzey, and all previous rewards. *Additional copies unlock every $200 donations*

VAMPIRE ROYALTY ($100) – Thanks for such a generous donation! 15 raffle tickets, a custom illustration from either Vampire PyramidScheme and Bleached Kitten Ink OR custom emotes from Matcha_Cryptid (slots will be first come, first serve, 2 slots per artist)

REWARD SPONSORS:

VLNS Beats (pronounced Villainous) is an Ohio based producer specializing in beats for every niche (Boom Bap, Trap, Drill, Jersey Club, Phonk, etc). After bursting into music via his albums WAIFU (1 and 2) and his flip of the city pop classic “Stay With Me,” he has made beats for various up and coming artists as well as given music to podcasts, YouTubers, streamers, and animators. 

vlnsbeats.Bandcamp.com

VampirePyramidScheme is a queer nonbinary Afro-Caribbean illustrator and graphic designer based in the Pacific Northwest. They find inspiration in historical fashion, vintage advertising art, fantasy, and folklore – with a focus on telling character-driven BIPOC narratives. Portfolio. [Offering 2 slots for custom bust portrait]

MIdniteDoodles is a multi-talented black creative loves making people smile and laugh! She’s been drawing since childhood and has a degree in Art & 3D Animation. Portfolio. [Offering 2 slots for custom bust portrait.]

Matcha_Cryptid is a photographer, illustrator, and streamer from the Pacific Northwest who is neurodivergent & loves to advocate for mental health awareness. Ko-fi/Samples [Offering 2 slots for custom emotes]

Sylvester Barzey is a best-selling horror and fantasy author who grew up in Bronx, NY, and was later transplanted to Lawrence, GA. A military veteran with an addiction to all things horror, Sylvester’s goal is to shine a spotlight on BIPOC characters within the horror/fantasy genre.

You can find Sylvester at: www.sylvesterbarzey.com

Young Blood synopsis: 

In the plague-ridden streets of quarantined New York City, a young girl named Raven battles to survive in the midst of a terrifying nightmare. The deadly virus has transformed the city into a desolate wasteland, overrun by hordes of bloodthirsty vampires created by a mutated vaccine. Cut off from the outside world, the city is a breeding ground for chaos and horror.

Raven has carved out a precarious existence as a trader, navigating the treacherous underworld to secure supplies for herself and her four-year-old autistic sister, Star. Their only sanctuary is a room in the local gun shop, provided by Emily, the kind-hearted owner who will risk everything to protect them from the city’s sinister forces.

But when a vengeful man brings a swarm of vampires to their doorstep, tragedy strikes. In a desperate bid for survival, Raven assumes Emily’s identity, joining the newly formed Slayer Army, a covert military unit dedicated to eradicating the vampire menace. It’s a dangerous masquerade, driven by the need to keep herself and Star off the streets or from being swallowed by the unforgiving foster care system.

Now, at the tender age of sixteen, Raven must adapt to the brutal realities of military life. Early morning workouts, grueling weapons training, and leadership drills become her daily routine. And looming over her is the ultimate challenge—a deadly showdown with a Queen Reaper, the bloodthirsty vampire overlord who rules the city’s shadows.

As if joining the military and living a lie weren’t daunting enough, Raven discovers a traitor lurking among them. With her secret hanging by a thread, every step she takes could lead to her own demise and the downfall of everyone she holds dear. In this heart-pounding fusion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mulan, Raven must embrace her inner warrior, unravel the web of betrayal, and fight for survival on the dark and unforgiving streets of New York. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and the battle for her life is only just beginning.

DONATE

Here are some charities you can also donate to during the event:

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America 

Sickle Cell Ontario 

Sickle Cell Society (London)

Global Alliance of Sickle Cell Disease Organizations (Intl)