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Charity Shouldn’t Have To Be The Only Option For Comic Creators In Need Of Medical Care

Left: Comics veteran Stan Sakai and his wife Sharon, who requires long term care not fully covered by insurance; right: Bill Mantlo, another comics luminary who requires 24-hour care beyond the scope of his insurance
Left: Comics veteran Stan Sakai and his wife Sharon, who requires long term care not fully covered by insurance; right: Bill Mantlo, another comics luminary who requires 24-hour care beyond the scope of his insurance

If you weren’t aware of it before the past few weeks, even a passing interest in the recent Internet comics community likely informed you of the medical-expense-related plight a high-profile pair of comic book creators have been experiencing . First, there was Stan Sakai, the creator of Usagi Yojimbo, in dire straits because of an extended hospital stay for his wife, Sharon. Then there’s Bill Mantlo, the co-creator of Rocket Raccoon, who was severely injured in a skating accident 22 years ago and has required full-time care ever since. (He’s been under care for two decades, but Rocket's appearance in the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie has brought him back into the public eye.)

Both of these men have had to turn to donations from fans and colleagues to help with their considerable expenses, and those people have made admirable efforts to help these creative artists whose work has brightened their lives. Generosity is a good thing. But it shouldn’t have to be this way.

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‘All-New X-Factor’: Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss But Not Really [Review]

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Besides the obvious one, it’s hard to think of a writer more connected to an X-book than Peter David and X-Factor. (Chris Claremont and Uncanny X-Men being the obvious one, obviously.) After a two-year stint in the early nineties that remains a fan favorite, David relaunched ­X-Factor in 2005 and made it the most consistent X-book on the racks for his entire run. For eight years, X-Factor was routinely funny, inventive, filled with convincingly human characters, well-delivered messages, and twists that could knock you flat on your ass. The title wrapped in September of last year, shortly after David suffered a well-publicized stroke, and just a few weeks later, it was announced that the title would relaunch again as All-New X-Factor, which dropped this week. With Carmine Di Giandomenico on art, Peter David is again writing one of his most popular titles, but even with David at the controls, the new book has a lot to live up to. Does it?

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‘Amazing X-Men’ & The Marvel Universe Panel Reveals Romances And More [NYCC 2013]

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X-Men Senior Editor Nick Lowe hosted this year's X-Men panel at New York Comic-Con, which featured a number of big announcements for the "X" family of books. Panellists included writers Peter David, Gerry Duggan, Dennis Hopeless, Marjorie Liu, Brian Wood, Charles Soule, Simon Spurrier, and editors Jeanine Schaefer, Jordan White and Daniel Ketchum.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1 hits stores today, a new series by Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven that hopes to boost the profile of Marvel's space-faring super-team ahead of next summer's movie release, so that when your non-comics friends ask you, "Who are these Guardians of the Galaxy?", you don't answer, "the who-dians of the what-now?"

But... who are the Guardians of the Galaxy? They're actually talking owls from a series of fantasy novels about... no, sorry, my editor is telling me that is not correct. Let's see... the series tells the story of Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Sandman and... no, I'm getting another note here, hang on... A talking raccoon and a tree? That can't be right.

If you're feeling a little confused, don't panic! ComicsAlliance is here to tell you everything you need to know about the Gladiators of the Gridiron! And then some.

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An Update On Peter David’s Health And How To Help With His Medical Costs

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Writer Peter David is, thankfully, recovering well from the stroke that he suffered while on vacation in Flordia, with his wife reporting that he is slowly regaining movement on the right side of his body and undergoing rehab. She also has some suggestions for how fans can help with David's medical costs, if they so wish.Kathleen David has been up

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Peter David Suffers Stroke on Vacation

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Sad news from Florida: Peter David, the veteran writer known for his work on Marvel's X-Factor and Incredible Hulk, DC's Young Justice and Aquaman and numerous Star Trek novels and comic books, has suffered a stroke while on vacation and lost movement on the right side of his body.David broke the news himself on his blog yesterday, writing "I cannot see properly and I cannot move my right arm or leg." His wife Katheleen upda

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‘Rocketeer Adventures Vol. 2′ Collection is the Best Looking Anthology of the Holiday Season

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Released around this time last year, the first hardcover collection of Rocketeer Adventures anthology quickly shot to the top of my list of 2011's best looking comic books. Created by the late Dave Stevens, The Roc

The Many Loves of Wonder Woman: A Brief History Of The Amazing Amazon’s Love Life

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Wonder Woman and Superman have long seemed like they'd make a nice match -- they both have blue eyes and blue-black hair, they're both superheroes with similar powers, they wear matching costumes. But maybe they look a little too much alike to work? In any case, since one or both of them are usually romantically entangled elsewhe

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Marvel’s ‘Next Big Thing’ Panel: Jeff Parker’s Red She-Hulk, the Future of the Runaways, X-Factor’s ‘Breaking Points’, Polaris’s Dad and Neal Adams’s ‘First X-Men’ [SDCC]

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Marvel's Director of Communications - Publishing & Digital Media Arune Singh introduced the members of the publisher's "Next Big Thing" panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday: Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, editor Sana Amanat, talent scout C.B. Cebulski, writer Marjorie

Peter David’s ‘Fan/Pro Bill of Rights’ for Comic Book Conventions

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It's become something of an annual tradition, comics/geek websites producing clever and condescending guidelines for convention etiquette, especially with respect to that most holy privilege of interacting with creative professionals

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