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.