My Wicked Chair Helps Raise Some Wicked Money For A Good Cause!


Last night Nicki and I attended the Orpheum Theatre’s 35th Annual Auction just off Beale Street in downtown Memphis, TN.


Nicki and I love going to shows and events at the Orpheum, and the annual auction is one of our favorites. We look forward to this date night each year.


This was the fourth annual auction I’ve done a painted canvas chair for, and the third time I’ve had one in the live auction. I’ve done a Phantom of the Opera, a Memphis (the musical) and a Memphis Tigers chair. You can see them all in my gallery here.




My chair was up first in the live auction and after a bit of a bidding war it ended up with a winning bid of $2,300.00! It outdid last year’s Memphis Tiger chair which went for $1,700.00.


The money from the auction is going to help fund the new Orpheum  Centre For Performing Arts which will break ground next to the Orpheum this January.


There were trips, jewelry, game tickets, fur, a new car and more in the live auction, and lots of art, furniture, autographed collectibles, 3 other painted chairs, and many other items in the silent auction in the lobby and backstage areas. Plus there was a drawing for a black convertible Ferrari!


There are a lot of cool signed murals from previous productions throughout the backstage area. There were also several open bars and a huge assortment of food backstage, including some amazing cupcakes by Frost Bake Shop. It’s always a big kick to be backstage, or to have my art on stage- but as cool as they both are to experience, I think I liked those cupcakes even more!


Really looking forward to seeing the new Orpheum  Centre For Performing Arts being completed, and also looking forward to the return of “Wicked” to the Orpheum in January. 



Lin has been an artist and screen printer in the t-shirt industry for over 25 years and was a graphic artist designing monuments for 5 years. Lin is the creator of the web-comic Scared Silly and was co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales (with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty). He currently runs a geek travel blog and cartoon site- Lin has also done his fair share of freelance art for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Topps, Kevin Paige (CD cover art), 96X, and Rock103.. Lin has done mural work for Pancho’s, McDonald’s and Fitzgerald’s Casino, and his artwork has also appeared in The Memphis Flyer, Commercial Appeal, Airbrush Action Magazine, Amazing Figure Modeler, Stargodz (comic book with Conquest Studios), on Rock103 (Wake Up Crew web comic) and The Outdoor Channel’s websites, the MSCA (Mid-South Cartoonists Association) comics It Came From Beneath The Drawing Board and Overdrawn and Underwritten, in author Christa Michael’s first book – Ramblings With Redde: Why Does My Life Seem Like A Bad “B” Flick?, and Comic Geek Speak’s CGS:The End comic. Lin was a volunteer for the Memphis Ronald McDonald House, and an artist and scare-crew member for the Haunted Web Of Horrors charity haunted house (which benefited Youth Villages). He was named the Memphis Ronald McDonald House’s Special Events Volunteer of the Year in 2001, and again with RMH ‘A-Team’ and Nightmarez/ co-horts Patrick French and Todd Patton in 2002. He was awarded the “Superman Of Metropolis” award as a guest artist at the 2005 Metropolis Superman Celebration, and was the Artist Guest Of Honor at ShadowconXIII in 2009 and in 2012. He has also won two M.A.R.S. (Memphis Area Radio Stations) awards for writing and voicing radio commercials, and was awarded a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award by Volunteer Northwest Mississippi, a volunteer center of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, in conjunction with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Lin served as the President and Vice-President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) for 4 years and 9 years, respectively. He is currently a member of the MSCA and DeSoto Arts Council in North Mississippi. He is married to Nicki Workman, and has 3 cats- Jarael, Harley Quinn, and Lex.

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  1. 21 November, 2013

    […] been out of town when Rock Sugar played Memphis, and since Nicki and I had plans to go to the Orpheum Theatre’s Annual Auction  we missed out on Jess’ live concert at the con on Saturday night with the Memphis School of […]

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