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A Comic Creator in Need!

Daniel Best has a piece up at his site where Alan Kupperberg explains the awful situation that long-time comic book colorist Tom Ziuko is in, both financially and having to deal with some rough health problems that have prevented him from being able to work (so it’s doubly bad – he can’t afford his health care and his health is keeping him from being able to afford his health care).

Alan is collecting donations at his PayPal account at kupperberg@earthlink.net. In all seriousness, if everyone who reads this just gave Alan a buck, Tom would be a lot better off.

You can click on the above link to see Tom’s credits, but suffice it to say that he has colored a LOT of your favorite comics, from ‘Mazing Man to A. Bizarro to a long run on Action Comics (before and after John Byrne’s run on the book) to Adventures of Superman to Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld to Angel and the Ape to Animaniacs to Arion, Lord of Atlantis to Atari Force to Avengers Classic…this is just the A’s, people!!

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Basically, if you were reading comics in the Eighties, you saw Tom’s work all over the place…and even if you weren’t, you’ve still seen his work because so many of those comics turned out to be historically significant or have become cult favorites. It’s almost inescapable that at some point he worked on something you liked!

And if anyone wants or needs a personal testimonial, I just did a post on my blog about this topic.

“Alan is collecting donations at his PayPal account at kupperberg@earthlink.net. In all seriousness, if everyone who reads this just gave Alan a buck, Tom would be a lot better off.”

Not a bad point. I gave a dollar.

I’ll raise your dollar by suggesting that almost everyone who sees this has at least one comic on their list that’s on the bubble, they’re thinking of dropping it. Go ahead and drop your ‘meh’ titles, and whatever amount of money that frees up for you, go ahead and send it. Financially it’s a wash and you get to do something nice. That’s what I did, and even though it wasn’t all THAT much, I knew I could afford it.

Or just send the dollar. But, y’know, do something. I’ve been a poor uninsured freelancer, a few years back back when Julie had her surgery, and it’s TERRIFYING. Even if the money just buys groceries for a few days the morale boost will be huge.

I sent a dollar and Allan sent this back a few minutes later:

“Thanks so much, you wouldn’t believe how much this means to Tom. You’re helping a nice guy who is in a bad spot.

Thanks and Best,

Alan K ”

So for anyone else who wants to, I think it’s a great idea.

I sent $10.

I’ve had some pretty difficult times in my life and all I ever wished was for someone to just give me that little bit of a boost that could, at the very least, get me through the day. I’ve since been fairly fortunate to have turned things around somewhat and am no longer in the situations that were dragging me down. Now, it’s time to “pay it forward” and help someone else who needs a boost of their own.

A great sentiment explained wonderfully.

hey, i make comics, and ive been making them for 5 years to.:)

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