We wanted to take a quick moment to tell you about two worthwhile causes within the comic book/nerd community that are worth your attention if you happen to be in the Denver area or in New York/New Jersey area. The first is The New York Comic Fest Bone Marrow Drive. Seth Kushner is the photographer and indie comic creator behind, among other things, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics and Schmuck, a semi-biographical comic that will appeal to fans of Harvey Pekar and Bob Fingerman. Back in late April, Kushner was diagnosed with leukemia and told that he would need a bone marrow transplant. In response, the comic book community rallied to support Seth, planning bone marrow drives that, while not necessarily able to directly help Seth, will help the overall cause.
Dan Greenfield is the editor over at 13th Dimension and a co-promoter for the New York Comic Fest, which is going on this weekend in White Plains, NY (we told you a little bit about the convention — which will host Scott Snyder, Mark Waid and a ton of other comic creators and legends — a couple of weeks ago). On Monday, he wrote a great article about the bone marrow drive and he told me a little bit about what inspired him to do the drive when I spoke to him on Wednesday.
“Yeah, we were kind of inspired by, they did a signing… I think it was Dean Haspiel and some of the other Hang Dai people had a signing at JHU Comic Books in Manhattan last month and I couldn’t go. I had a conflict and I kept turning it over in my mind and Cliff and I were talking — Cliff Galbraith being one of the partners in the show — and we came up with the idea of doing the same thing basically at New York Comic Fest.
Seth has been a friend. We launched our website last year — 13th Dimension — and Seth was an early supporter. He’s contributed to the website, he was supposed to be a guest at the show and he’s a terrific guy and we figured that, in at least one small way, we might be able to help.”
Again, The New York Comic Fest Bone Marrow Drive is going on at the Westchester County Center during the New York Comic Fest and it will be run by DeleteBloodCancer.org, who will have 3 volunteers on hand. Here’s a bit from Dan’s article about the process of being screened.
“Registering takes less than 5 minutes. If anyone is ever a match, the Delete Blood Cancer people tell me there’s an 80 percent chance the donation would be a stem-cell collection via blood draw, as opposed to an actual bone marrow donation.”
Check out the above links for details. Here’s a link to my interview with Seth from yesterday. It’s damn impressive how this guy is pushing back against cancer.
If you are in Denver this weekend and looking for something to do, we urge you to check out the Denver Comic Con and stop by booth #532 to say hello to the fine folks over at Aurora Rise. You may remember that those are the folks from All C’s Collectibles in Aurora who quickly leapt into action to assist the victims of the Aurora Theater Shooting back in July of 2012. Those folks are still helping and if you stop by the booth, learn about the cause, and you can get your hands on a limited edition sketchbook as well.
Check out their website to find more information. There will also be signings at the booth throughout the con according to their Facebook page.