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Benefit Auction for Steve Niles' Sick 'Superdog'

Comic artist band together to provide original art for Sonny the dog.

Last weekend was the third annual Long Beach Comic Con. In between shooting videos and talking to creators, I took a bunch of cosplay pictures. One of the best and cutest was a dog dressed liked the beloved Krypto (you can check out the cosplay gallery here). I later found out the dog belonged to 30 DAYS OF NIGHT writer, Steve Niles. Unfortunately, Steve's dog, Sonny, is sick and needs your help.

Sonny is an eight-year-old greyhound mix and he's fighting lymphoma. According to Steve's blog:

He has an auto-immune disorder that he was able to survive three years ago. Now he's battling cancer and any help we can get with his hospital bills can go a long way. His chances are good, we seem to have caught it very early, but he has a long road to travel. So far, he has gone through 4 chemos, with many more to come!

If you've ever had a dog in your life, you know they are more than mere animals. They become part of your family. Seeing Sonny at Long Beach, I could tell he was truly a sweet dog. Steve has commented that as a comic writer, he works "check-to-check." Sonny's prognosis is good but his treatments are expensive.

To help out, several comic artists have created and donated original artwork to benefit Sonny. You can see all the auctions here. The page will be updated periodically with more original artwork.

Here's a closer work at some of the art available, look below.

== TEASER ==

You can also bid on a Tony Harris original commission of the character of your choice. Remember that really cool Indiana Jones commission I posted in September? That's an example of what you could get.

There is more original art coming. You can get a peek at Steve's website. Even if bidding on an original piece of art is out of your spending range, you can still help. You can donate anywhere from one dollar on up. Check your wallet, see that five dollar bill just sitting there, instead of going out an buying a lunch, you could donate it and eat at home. Or maybe you skip out on buying one comic this week. Every little bit helps. Click on THIS LINK to donate anything you can through Paypal.

It really saddens me to think of such a sweet dog being sick. I lost my ten-year-old dog a few years ago and simply put, it sucks. None of us are rich. I don't often ask people to donate to causes. If you met Sonny, you'd want to help him.

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Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Poor pup :( Sure do hope he gets the help he needs! Reminds me of my old retrievers I once had.

Posted by Trodorne

It saddens me to hear that about the poor dog. I lost my two dogs of 15 and 13 years old and I miss them very much. I hope that the donations made can help out sonny.

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

Awwww poor dog...

Posted by Dernman

Save the Dern dog or I'm opening a Black Hole in the middle of New York City. >:(

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Posted by Gokujam

Unfortunately, my conscience dictates my donations go for medical aid and feeding the starving in Africa. Nonetheless, I wish the dog all the best

Posted by NightFang

@Doctor!!!!! said:

Awwww poor dog...
Posted by Daveyo520

He is sick? :(

Posted by Mercy_

Poor little baby :(

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Posted by Bestostero

Sad face :(

Posted by BKole

Nice to see the people of comicvine are much more pleasant than some of the people floating around on other parts of the internet. Steve Niles put up some horrid responses from people last night on his twitter.

Posted by Gordo789

I wish I could bid on that beautiful swamp thing and sonny art but it is a little out of my price range. I encourage everyone to send a few bucks via paypal to help this guy's dog. YES there are probably more "worthy" causes, but this is the one that affects a community you're a part of so help out a bit.

Posted by KidSupreme

I think its really sad!! I hope Sonny gets better! I am sure everyone here at comicvine wants Sonny to recover 100% and for his auto-immune disorder to just magically go away.

Posted by ARMIV2

Here's hoping that the dog gets the treatment he needs.

Posted by Comicman1000

He'll be fine, he's Krypto after all, but seriously I hope him the best.

Posted by Maki_P

I am truly sorry for poor Krypto, but I have to agree with Gokujam, I cannot help a dog dying of cancer when are so many humans in the same condition and no one helps them. I'm sorry if I come across as a jerk, but the needs of a Dog cannot come before the needs of other human beings. Sorry

Posted by Gordo789

@Maki_P said:

I am truly sorry for poor Krypto, but I have to agree with Gokujam, I cannot help a dog dying of cancer when are so many humans in the same condition and no one helps them. I'm sorry if I come across as a jerk, but the needs of a Dog cannot come before the needs of other human beings. Sorry

Steve Niles is a human being, you know.

Posted by Eyz

Awww :(

Posted by fury714

:( I wish I could donate too :(

Posted by Nuec_Sol

@Maki_P:

Quit trolling. Every time I read an article about a charity someone always has to get on there high horse and bash it. If you don't like the cause than don't donate, or don't bother commenting about it, or better yet don't even click on the link to the article.

Any cause to protect or save an innocent life (e.g. Sonny) is good.

Posted by Maki_P

@Nuec_Sol: I am NOT trolling. I just think I should remind people, that there are HUMAN beings in worst conditions than that dog. Sorry, I don't mean to insult a dying dog and his poor owner, but I wish people had their priorities straight. That dog probably lived a better life than most humans I know.

Posted by scifi_superstar

@maki_p

i donate to many childrens charities on a monthly and the hsus. i will donate to this dog as well, at least this way i know what/ where my money is going. i am a working class citizen by the way.

Posted by Nuec_Sol

@Maki_P:

I about having some class. If you believe there are greater causes then maybe you should start your own blog supporting them rather than criticizing others.

Posted by Utandi

@Maki_P: @Maki_P said:

I am truly sorry for poor Krypto, but I have to agree with Gokujam, I cannot help a dog dying of cancer when are so many humans in the same condition and no one helps them. I'm sorry if I come across as a jerk, but the needs of a Dog cannot come before the needs of other human beings. Sorry

So you just can start helping other living things when every possible human on this world is cured and lives in perfect harmony? Every sentient being is of the same value to me.

Posted by Gordo789

@Nuec_Sol said:

@Maki_P:

I about having some class. If you believe there are greater causes then maybe you should start your own blog supporting them rather than criticizing others.

Quoted for truth. well said.

Posted by Picto

Link doesnt work for me. anyone else got the email address im meant to send payment to?

Also, you cant give it the 'third world country' thing. Yes, people are in bad situations and poor health all over the world, and a lot of us, including me, donate to many causes. But I have owned a dog, and after losing her when she was only 2 years old, breaking me heart, I would do anything to help another dog owner save their pet.

Once again, can someone post a fresh link/email address for payment please!

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

his dog being sick is karma for what he did to the Creeper >: ( 
 
i hope the dog gets better though. he shouldn't have to pay for him being a horrible writer

Posted by Kal'smahboi
@Avenging-X-Bolt said:
his dog being sick is karma for what he did to the Creeper >: (
I'm pretty sure saying that makes you a bad person.
Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt
@Kal'smahboi said:
@Avenging-X-Bolt said:
his dog being sick is karma for what he did to the Creeper >: (
I'm pretty sure saying that makes you a bad person.
no. i would be a person if i meant it. and its pretty cute that you cut out the rest of my post that makes it pretty obvious that im joking
Posted by Kal'smahboi
@Avenging-X-Bolt: Yeah, because I have a personal vendetta against you. Your complete post is directly above mine, btw.
Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt
@Kal'smahboi said: 

@Avenging-X-Bolt: Yeah, because I have a personal vendetta against you.   
   against little old moi? whatever for? if its for being suave and debonair than i'm sorry but i just cant help that...........im kidding btw
   
   
 Your complete post is directly above mine, btw.
 
 i can see that. whats your point?
Posted by Kal'smahboi
@Avenging-X-Bolt: Sorry, that was unnecessary. This thread is about something more important. My post started off as a joke and when you took offense, I retaliated. Again, I apologize.
Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt
@Kal'smahboi said:
@Avenging-X-Bolt: Sorry, that was unnecessary. This thread is about something more important. My post started off as a joke and when you took offense, I retaliated. Again, I apologize.
no problem, i took your post a bit too seriously , its my fault and i apologize. 
 
i would make it up to you with a cookie but the Goddamn Batman took all of them............. 
 
Posted by Dernman
@Nuec_Sol said:

@Maki_P:

I about having some class. If you believe there are greater causes then maybe you should start your own blog supporting them rather than criticizing others.

QFT
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Posted by scifi_superstar

@Picto: use the link to go to steves website in the article, then the donate button is close to the bottom of steves website

Posted by Dernman
@Avenging-X-Bolt@Kal'smahboi:  Wow a mature resolution to a disagreement instead of turning into a huge trolling flame war over the internet. With apologies no less. 
I...I...I don't know how to deal with that. My world has turned upside down. My mind blown. Everything I thought I knew about the internet is now a lie.  
Someone tell me where to I go from here. 
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I really hope he gets the money he needs for the dog. It always gets me when bad things happen to pets.
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