Helping the Hernandez family

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UPDATE:
Shaenon Garrity is selling NARBONIC art to raise money for the Hernandezes

In more pressing news, Lea Hernandez, the cofounder and former editor of Girlamatic as well as a groundbreaking cartoonist and a major presence in the comics world, has just been through a terrible house fire. She’s been posting updates on her LiveJournal here. Eric Burns of Websnark has details as well as a PayPal button you can use to send money to Lea and her family. Lea is a friend of mine who’s valiantly supported my unsteady progression through the world of comics; when I won the Friends of Lulu award last year, I think she was more excited than I was. I’m stunned and saddened by this news.

I am now selling original Narbonic strips for $25 each to raise money for the Hernandezes. For any strip you buy during the month of September, the proceeds will go to Lea and her family. Email me at narbonic@sbcglobal.net to let me know which strip you want. Please keep in mind that some strips have been sold over the years, so you may want to choose a few possibilities.

Gail Simone sent us the following to post. We’d like to reiterate what Gail says about smoke alarms — my family suffered a bad fire when the batteries for the smoke alarm went dead and they delayed replacing them.

Early this morning, the Texas home of award-winning writer/artist Lea Hernandez, my friend and co-creator of the graphic novel Killer Princesses, caught fire and burned. Half her house is now gone, and the rest is smoke-damaged. In addition, she lost at least six of her family’s beloved pets, two dogs and four cats. If you knew Lea, you’d know how devastating that is.

She’s lost a great deal of her family’s possessions, including irreplaceable art. She doesn’t yet know the full accounting of what’s been lost at this time.

Most know Lea as the brilliant creator of such works as Rumble Girls and Cathedral Child. She drew the Marvel Mangaverse PUNISHER book, and has drawn for TRANSMETROPOLITAN, among many other accomplishments. She is also the co-founder and original editor for GIRL-A-MATIC, one of the most important venues for female-friendly comics created to date.

She’s also my friend, and it’s entirely possible I wouldn’t have a career in comics if she hadn’t asked me to write Killer Princesses for her to draw.

And finally, Lea is one of the last great firebrand hellraisers in comics.

Lea has two (wonderful, amazing) special needs children and right now they need a place to stay and some clothes to wear. More than that, they need some help, and fast, in the form of donations to her paypal account. Lea’s a proud person so I’m going to ask FOR her. This is important, and a great chance to do a wonderful thing for a creator who has consistently enriched this industry we all love so much. Please, take a moment and send WHATEVER YOU CAN to Lea’s paypal account and help make this time a little bit less painful for someone who would do the same for you if the positions were reversed.

If you’re a retailer, I ask that you set up a donations jar. If you’re a creator, I ask you to think of how devastating this would be to your career and donate what you can. If you’re a reader, I’m asking you to take a moment and hit the paypal link. You’ll be doing something heroic and you’ll feel great about it, I promise.

Read what Lea had to post on a neighbor’s computer while wearing her pajamas at: Livejournal.com/users/divalea

Donate (PLEASE) to her paypal account at: divalea@gmail.com

Finally, if I understand the story correctly (as told to me by Lea’s good friend and current Girl-a-matic editor), it was Lea’s daughter hearing the smoke alarm that allowed the family to get out in time, so for God’s sake, do everyone you love a favor and CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARMS.

Thank you so much for helping. Really, any amount you can send will make a difference. That’s all I can say.

Sincerely and gratefully,

Gail Simone

Comments

  1. EDITOR: I’ve taken the rare step of deleting this comment because it was inappropriate, given the circumstances.

  2. I’ve had the great fortune of knowing Lea’s family and she is a dear friend of mine. It breaks my heart to hear about her children losing their pets, their clothes and, yes, one Nintendo DS.

    Not to be an ass or anything, but I think I’ll help cheer her up with a donation rather than starving kids in Africa.

    We’ve gone ahead and posted a banner on our site to encourage visitors to help out as well. I’ve had the privilege of becoming close friends with Lea and I hope this awful news can turn around into something hopeful.

    Visit Zeus Comics for a form to donate.
    http://www.zeuscomics.com

  3. Hey, if you guys want to buy some consumer electronics for the daughter of someone who has brought you pleasure then be my guest. I really wasn’t trying to be a twat about it, it’s your money and if you choose to help out someone in need with your $$$ then more power to you. Really.

    Just saying that struck a bum note with me. There’s worse things in the world than going without a portable games system for a few months.

    Best of luck to the Hernandez family, really. I’ll go give a few bucks now just to make myself feel like less of an arsehole. I’ll be sending Girl’s nDS share to a cause I think is worthier though.

  4. Please delete my response as well, above. It was fueled by reaction, not reason, and shouldn’t be here.

  5. Heidi:

    I’m apparently a computer moron, because when I click on the PayPal address it just activates my email program. How does one send money to Lea?

  6. The Beat says:

    Todd:

    If you are a Paypal beginner (like me) go to Websnark, where they have a button set up.

  7. Immediate giving is important, but when considering later expenses –>

    Zeus Comics, Fanboy Radio, and Pop Syndicate is hosting Cape 2.5 on Saturday, September 30th. It will be live art show at the Metro Grill in Dallas at 9 PM. All proceeds from the event will go to Lea and her family. More info coming soon.

  8. “If you’re a retailer, I ask that you set up a donations jar.”

    we have done this at Green Brain as well as donating all money from the sale of any of Lea’s books.

    Lea, our thoughts and well wishes go out to you and your family!
    bigs hugs from Dan and Katie

  9. Thanks, everyone, so so much.

  10. Breanna Hernandez says:

    hey im a hernandez too! i thought i would never find my family o nthe web. how cool is it to be on the world wide web? were any of you born in cuba or poland? well i was born in cuba that is where my grandfather albert hernandez (the first i think?) well he was born there and his wife (my grandma) was born in poland. and i can’t really speak fluent spanish but i am learning. i was born januay 2,1995. and i was wondering is any one else in myy family born in january other than my dad? is any one of my family members still alive out there that i don’t know about. and if you think i am not a hernandez then your sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo wrong. and if you still don’y belive me than email me, and ask me a some questions

  11. Breanna Hernandez says:

    hey im a hernandez too! i thought i would never find my family o nthe web. how cool is it to be on the world wide web? were any of you born in cuba or poland? well i was born in cuba that is where my grandfather albert hernandez (the first i think?) well he was born there and his wife (my grandma) was born in poland. and i can’t really speak fluent spanish but i am learning. i was born januay 2,1995. and i was wondering is any one else in myy family born in january other than my dad? is any one of my family members still alive out there that i don’t know about. and if you think i am not a hernandez then your sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo wrong. and if you still don’y belive me than email me, and ask me a some questions love breanna lynn hernandez

  12. Breanna Hernandez says:

    hey im a hernandez too! i thought i would never find my family o nthe web. how cool is it to be on the world wide web? were any of you born in cuba or poland? well i was born in cuba that is where my grandfather albert hernandez (the first i think?) well he was born there and his wife (my grandma) was born in poland. and i can’t really speak fluent spanish but i am learning. i was born januay 2,1995. and i was wondering is any one else in myy family born in january other than my dad? is any one of my family members still alive out there that i don’t know about. and if you think i am not a hernandez then your sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo wrong. and if you still don’y belive me than email me, and ask me a some questions love breanna lynn hernandez

  13. Video blogs are so cool.

Trackbacks

  1. [...] More details and a call to action were sent out by Gail Simone. Cross-posted from The Beat. Let’s get those donations in early and often, everybody. Early this morning, the Texas home of award-winning writer/artist Lea Hernandez, my friend and co-creator of the graphic novel Killer Princesses, caught fire and burned. Half her house is now gone, and the rest is smoke-damaged. In addition, she lost at least six of her family’s beloved pets, two dogs and four cats. If you knew Lea, you’d know how devastating that is. [...]

  2. [...] Update: Heidi has Gail Simone’s call for help. Give to Lea’s paypal account at divalea@gmail.com (with Lea’s permission). No comments so far Leave a comment Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong> [...]

  3. [...] First and foremost: My deepest condolences and best wishes to cartoonist Lea Hernandez, whose house caught fire sometime Tuesday night. Her family escaped without injury, but a full brace of pets were lost to the catastrophe, as well as uncounted art and personal posessions. At least half the house reportedly burned in the fire, with smoke damage marring much of the rest. Efforts to help her financially are already underway; to help out, send a donation to her directly at her Paypal account, divalea@gmail.com. You can keep up with Hernandez’ efforts to rebuild her family’s lives at her LiveJournal blog. [...]

  4. [...] This has been going around the comic webs the last few days, and I, with head securely up my ass, just saw it today: From Heidi’s Beat: “Early this morning, the Texas home of award-winning writer/artist Lea Hernandez, my friend and co-creator of the graphic novel Killer Princesses, caught fire and burned. Half her house is now gone, and the rest is smoke-damaged. In addition, she lost at least six of her family’s beloved pets, two dogs and four cats. If you knew Lea, you’d know how devastating that is.” [...]

  5. [...] A reminder that cartoonist Lea Hernandez and her family can really use a helping hand right now, after their house caught fire late Tuesday night. Details are here, or you can PayPal a donation directly to her from the link at the top of this page. [...]

  6. [...] A final reminder: cartoonist Lea Hernandez could use a little help, after a fire engulfed her home. Click here to learn more. (Photo taken from this gallery of images taken of the now-ruined house, and is presumably ©2006 Lea Hernandez or Lisa Jonte, depending upon who took it.) [...]

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