A crowd-funding campaign to provide money and assistance to the veteran mainstream comic book artist Don Perlin is in its second day. Since launching it has changed its goals from $10K to $12K to $15K, and has moved past that initial $10K request. The line-up of contributors has been any number of people in the $10 to $20 range, another group of people in the $100 to $250 range (this includes a few established, current pros) and then at least two that donated $1000.
I'm sure every dollar will be put to good use. Organizer Clifford Meth has a solid reputation when it comes to assisting older artists.
A Don Perlin Appreciation Society has popped up on Facebook to collect well-wishes and positive word, which will be communicated to the artists. That's nice, too.
I'm grateful that the comics industry can raise these kind of ultimately modest but crucial sums when the time comes and the call goes out. Ideally we can work our way to a place where this kind of need is so rare the comics-makers and involved fans of 2035 have to scramble to their history cubes to find a precedent.