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December 23, 2013

Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

imageBy Tom Spurgeon

* please consider including the CBLDF in your year-end giving. There are a lot of people clamoring for cash over the last six weeks, and I hope no one forgets a charity with the CBLDF's pedigree. You could also do a membership. Or both.

* I'm not sure I was aware that the Sparkplug Comic Books recent posting about pre-orders and support included an on-line, art-auction component: here are those art auctions.

* Ted Rall would like your support through a service called Beacon.

* various publishing projects continue to look for your support right through the holidays, like this one from Montreal whose artist was nice enough to contact me asking me to ask you to take a look.

* Mark Evanier details the happy outcome for Bob Kahan in keeping his apartment via asking for help, and I join with him in hoping that the one-time editor at DC is able to secure long-term employment. I'm not sure I'm exactly where Mark is on the broader point of people criticizing those that turn to crowd-funding as a way to make it over a rough spot in their lives. I agree with Mark that the spiteful certainty of some of those sentiments as expressed are demeaning, and I'll never question anyone that says they're in need, but I think at some point having a conversation about those issues of need and charity more generally can be useful in deciding how best to spend the limited resources we have to help each other out.

* efforts to help Stan Sakai as he attempts to make up a home healthcare insurance gap remain ongoing. Please note the CAPS paypal button is working again. Sakai is one of the best people in comics and I hope you'll considering lending him a hand or seeing your way to one of the things being offered on his behalf for well-meaning peers.

* the Sequential Artists Workshop is seeking a few thousand dollars in support of its 2014 programs. Tom Hart and his fellow SAW folks are good people and that money will be well-spent.

* finally, don't forget that Dan Nadel continues his 50 percent off sale at PictureBox as that company winds down the front-list part of its admirable life. If you can't think of anything for yourself, get me something.
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