The comic industry for the most part is a family. We can fight and pick on each other, but when one of our own is in trouble, we step up. And while the economy has gotten better for some, others are still struggling. A writer friend of mine reached out tonight about Larry Shell who is having a rough time of it right now. Larry has been in and around comics since the 70's. He was a publisher and editor (with some work at Kitchen Sink), wrote a story for Heavy Metal also published some trading cards and was the Director of Publications for Heroes World Distribution for 10 years, including the last 2 years as part of Marvel Comics Marketing department. He's also worked as a rep for a number of artists and collectors for original art sales.
For those who don't know, before Diamond became the only distributor, there used to be many and when DC signed exclusive with them, Marvel bought Heroes World and went exclusive there for a short while.
As for the help Larry needs? He explains:
Things have not been good for me for a long time and they've been coming to a head of late. I need to raise funds to pay my overdue property taxes before my house is put up for tax sale by the town. To do so, a friend has started a Go Fund Me campaign.
Now, the GoFundMe campaign is off to a good start, but I thought I could boost the signal here a little and try to push it over the finish line. If you know Larry, or just want to help someone hang on to their house… click the link and donate what you can.