It's impossible not to be moved by the story of longtime comics writer and inker Karl Kesel and his wife Myrna, who less than four months ago adopted baby Isaac, the child of a heroin user who began life battling methadone withdrawal. Facing $67,000 in medical bills, in addition to the $25,000 for the adoption itself, and uncertain of how much would be covered by Myrna's health insurance, Karl decided to sell the Silver Age Marvel collection he'd amassed over four decades.
Reading about the Kesels' situation, a Reddit member named Razorsheldon rallied the troops to help the family while simultaneously attempting to save Karl's comics. "Why not start a fundraising campaign to buy as many of his comics as we could so we could give them right back to him?" he wrote earlier this week. "I have no lofty expectations for this endeavor, but I thought even purchasing one comic would send the right message that there are people out there that are grateful that people like Karl and his wife Myrna exist to make this world a better place."
Turning to the crowdfunding site Crowdtilt, he launched "Help Karl Kesel Keep His Comic Collection," a drive that in six days has raised $5,201, exceeding its original $1,000 goal. There are 15 hours remaining in the campaign.
Razorsheldon said he's also been in contact with retailer I Like Comics in Vancouver, Washington, which has transformed this weekend's second annual End of Summer Hullabaloo into a fundraiser for the Kesels, to help ensure that the comics being purchased and returned are issues he really wants (rather than some he had no trouble parting with).
Fans in the Vancouver can stop by I Like Comics for the event Saturday and Sunday, where they'll find creators like Kesel, Kurt Busiek, Aaron Lopresti, Pete Woods, Rebecca Woods, Shannon Wheeler, Paul Guinan, Anina Bennett and Dan Prado. Ten percent of sales, and 100 percent of the money generated from the cookout, will go to help the Kesel family.