For those who interact with me on the internet (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is common knowledge that I'm the president of a non-profit organization called Comics For Christmas and that we had scheduled an event for this weekend. It was called The Comics For Christmas Free Comic Book Giveaway at The Book and Movie Exchange and we were going to give away at least 2,000 comics and candy to every kid that stopped by the store. But, what ended up happening was far from what we've expected and to be honest, it was quite upsetting to say the least.
The thing is, we do this because we care about kids, we want to encourage kids to read and we put a lot of effort behind this events, we invest our money and time trying to make this events as successful as humanly possible, but we need the support of the people involved with the events as well. We make the flyers, print them and provide the store owners with enough flyers to pass along to their customers and of course, we expect them to pass them along.
But how upsetting it is to stop by on the day of the event, have the store owner pull you aside and tell you: "I went on the website on the flyer and found photos that made me not pass the flyers". The photo in question was the one I posted to the right ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------>
Pretty much every comic book fan knows that the character being portrayed by the model is none other than Sara Pezzini (aka Witchblade) and that Cosplay is in no way, shape or form pornography. I mean, if we want to get technical, there's far more offensive material in a DVD/Blue Ray store than on any Witchblade comic book, but regardless, because of our last Truthful Comics Spotlight the store owner didn't promote our Comics For Christmas event; AT ALL!!! As you might imagine I'm beyond upset and because of this we won't be visiting The Book and Movie Exchange tomorrow or ever again because we feel that it was totally unncesary and rude to have us pay for flyers and then basically throw them in the trash because you didn't bother to either contact me or do your research into who the character is or what the model is doing. This could've easily been avoided by giving us a call, e-mailing us or even massaged us through Facebook but to wait until we arrive at your store, after we've been promoting your store non-stop everywhere we go and we're ready for the event, and then you basically tell me that you don't know how many people will come because you didn't like a picture on my website and it made you not pass the flyers to the parents; that's unforgivable.
Regardless, kids did showed up and we handed out a few hundred books, candy, we had some great interactions with the parents and the kids who attended and we even left a few dozen comic books in case some kids show up tomorrow. I have to admit that I'm so disappointed with this whole situation that if it wasn't for the kids, I'd stop doing it but we have a mission and making kids happy is more important than wasting a few bucks and a few hours because of some people who lack vision.
I hope that we can find other establishments who are willing to open their doors to us and believe in our cause which I believe is so important. Kids need to learn to read, they need to love reading and what better way to instill that love of reading than to provide them with books filled with stories about their favorite characters. They'll follow their favorite superheroes on numerous adventures and hopefully they'll graduate into novels and so on. I want to help light that spark of imagination in their young minds and I'll use comic books to do the trick.
Also, don't forget about donating to the Helping Callie Initiative.
Let's help a great cosplayer and a wonderful young woman in a time of need! If you'd like to help Callie
, please visit: http://www.gofundme.com/savingcallie?pc=flwdgt
Donate to this noble cause, Callie
needs our help NOW!!!Truthfully;-M
This blog entry was copied from the Geek Girls website and it was done in order to help a friend in need. We hope this will bring another spotlight on the gravity of Leah's situation and if there's anything else that we can help with, please let us know. Our prayers go out to Leah and her family.
Hey Geek Girls fans and friends,
It is never easy to see a friend hurting, it is never easy to watch someone you care about going through something tough and not being able to make it go away. Sitting on the sidelines while someone you love is in trouble is one of the worst places to be as a friend...
When I became a Geek Girl I did not even dream that it would be anything more than just a fun little side hobby, I figured I would cosplay a little and write some cool articles and that would be that. Wow was I ignorant. I now have come to know that being a part of this site, this team, this family has been one of the greatest things to of happened to me in a long time. I never had a lot of friends, let alone girl friends that I could relate to. I never thought for a million years I would come to have all of these amazing women on my side cheering me on, and being there to talk to when I needed them.
I met Leah, aka Callie Cosplay about 5-6 months ago when she was taken on as a Geek Girl officially. At first I thought “Wow this girl is so freaking stunning”. She was the perfect mix between girl next door and fierce super heroine that makes you smile and makes your heart skip a beat all at once. Her costuming skills and ability to produce a single costume in a day are unlike any others I have seen. The fact she can create a photo shoot in not even a week from scratch is mind blowing to me. Needless to say at first glance, she is the PERFECT geek girl. I then started to chat with her one on one as Leah. At first I met a quieter, but spirited young lady. She was opinionated and passionate in her beliefs and matched with me that could be a bad mix haha. But no, we immediately clicked. We sat for hours that night and spoke about everything going on in our lives. We were as open as we had ever been before with anyone and we had never even met. It was like having a sleepover with your best friend of 8 years. She was so easy to talk to, so relaxed, so caring and attentive and I knew then that she was something special.
So this post comes from a hard place for me. Here is what Callie Cosplay, one of our fellow Geek Girls, and friend had to tell all of us about her situation right now. This was taken from her personal donation site. To read the rest of the story please visit the link:
“I lost insurance a while back before I needed a surgical procedure so the doctors could rule out lymphoma or another type of cancer. I saw 8 doctors who told me I needed to have the surgery, and was in and out of 3 hospitals frantically trying to find someone who would remove a lymph node before I got worse. All of the doctors were throwing around the "cancer" word while they kept ruling out everything else through seemingly endless amounts of blood work. I lost insurance officially back in November 2012, 7 hours before my scheduled surgery. The one that was supposed to rule out the scary thing the doctors kept telling my family and me. I have only gotten worse since then.
My immune system has completely shut down, and all of my lymph nodes are still swollen. I continue to get worse in health, as the doctors cannot do the right procedures to figure out what is wrong with me due to the fact I am unable to afford all of the expenses. I am in pain all the time, and my body hurts so much it is hard to function in everyday life. I have endometriosis on top of this and have struggled with depression about my medical issues, and my overall health and well being. I have gone through hell and back, been stuck with needles hundreds of times and with no answers at all, aside from the fact that yes, something is seriously wrong.”
Callie is very sick. And I had known for a while that she was but did not know the extent of it. But now I do. She messaged me and confided in me about it and I could tell she was feeling completely defeated, and that wasn’t like the girl I had met before, so I was worried. And what can we do? What can we do as friends but to be there with an open ear and a shoulder to cry on, especially when living across the world from one another. I felt helpless. So I thought to do the one thing I knew I could. Reach out. I know Geek girls has a large platform of fans and I decided to use it to help as best as I could. So I teamed up with Dana (Our Geek Girls co creator) to make this post. Callie is well aware of it, but at the same time I know she does not want to be pitied as she is such a strong woman, but I tell her sometimes it is ok to ask for help.
We are a family at Geek Girls and no matter what we protect our own.
Here are the links to her Print Store where all of the proceeds will be going towards her medical expenses, and also to her donation site where even a little goes a long way. All of the information from herself about what is going on is in the description on the donation page. Please read it. No one should have to suffer alone. Let’s all stand up and get on the field. We are all now Callie Cheerleaders.
Thanks and much love,
Again you can help by contributing to her fundraiser or by buying some of her awesome stuff at Callie's closet or by sharing these links. Any help at all that you can give is greatly appreciated, every little bit helps. ♥
“Everyone has an Angel. A Guardian who watches over us. We can't know what form they'll take. One day, old man. Next day, little girl. But don't let appearances fool you, they can be as fierce as any dragon. Yet they're not here to fight our battles, but to whisper from our heart. Reminding that it's us. Its everyone of us who holds power over the world we create.“
Geek Girl: Callie Cosplay
Black Widow: David Love
Black Cat: John Corley
This is the link to Leah's Medical Fundraising: http://www.gofundme.com/savingcallie?pc=flwdgt
We ask everyone who reads this blog to please help Leah in any way you can, it'll be greatly appreciated! We wish Leah all the best in the world and we'll be praying for her. From the Truthful Comics Family to yours, God Bless you Leah!
-Manuel A. Carmona
Well, today we launched unto the interwebs our first effort from what is going to be the Truthful Comics Podcast
. This is something I've been wanting to do for a while now and thankfully, I met Aaron Hoover
, a master in the art of podcasting, through the magical world of Facebook and now I can truly say, we've become good friends. And what do friends do? They help each other out or course!
Being that he's such a wizard in the art of podcasting, I asked him to help me out with this little experiment and he agreed! No loopholes, no small print in a shady contract and no bribes, none of that was necessary for him to give me a helping hand; and I appreciate him for that. He not only co-hosts the podcast, but he's also is the driving force behind the editing and post-production of the episodes and all the technical stuff I have no idea how to deal with, plus he produced the intro to the podcast which I fell in love with as soon as I listened to it, being a HUGE Batman: Brave and the Bold
fan. I think what he's doing with this podcast asa favor to me is incredible and the appreciation I feel for my friend is something I can't quite put into words, but I'll just say: Thank you Aaron!
Joining us on this crazy ride will be Ethan Parker
who is Aaron
's co-host on a podcast called Confessions of a Movie Snob
) as well as Batman super fan Cory Gaitan
. So, without further further ado, I give you Issue #0 of Truthful Comics Podcast. Truthful Comics Podcast Issue #0: http://www.truthfulcomics.com/podcast.html
We hope you enjoy our little podcast and we're looking forward to listening to your feedback. If you have questions or you want us to discuss anything in particular, send us an email to: email@example.com
Hello, everybody, how're you doing? Fine I hope. Just taking a moment to say what an awesome, adventure filled life I've had! Once, I played guitar onstage and sang back-up voices to Archie in the band The Archies, back in Riverdale. One time, I was the owner of Garfield the cat (but gave him up because I had no lasagna to spare).
I was also a GI Joe saving Duke one time, and always available to give words of wisdom to Snake Eyes. Oh, and I outran the Road Runner. All at the tender age of eight years old. How was that even possible, you ask? Well, through the wonderful world of comics, of course! As grown ups now (well, for the most part anyway...), sometimes we take for granted or let our inner fan-boys eventually take over, and forget what it was like to simply grab a comic. And NOT think about "how the art isn't good enough", or "this plot makes no sense!", because as kids, we just wanted to be entertained and let our imaginations go WILD. Internet and video games were not as common place as they are now.
Growing up, I was tremendously blessed with parents that actually bought me comics even before I knew how to read. Hell, I had already learned to read a couple of words by the time I started school because of those nights my father would read to me (God knows he tried, he's Mexican and really didn't know THAT much English, just enough to get by, so in a sense, it was a learning experience for BOTH of us). Once, in my teens when I moved to Puerto Rico, most of my family here on the island were perplexed at me liking comic books. An Aunt of mine once said I was wasting money on colored paper XD But, one time I had a terrible flu. That same Aunt came to visit me. And she brought me a comic. And to this day, I still have that comic (it was issue #1 of Betty and Veronica Spectacular). And it's moments like these you NEVER forget. That's where you come in.
Manuel and Hanna-rose Carmona has started a mission to get comics for children on Christmas. Remember being a kid and the excitement of you being brought a comic? The minutes of entertainment it brought you when you read it, and then the HOURS of entertainment you had dreaming up your own adventures? You can now be a facilitator of dreams by donating comics for this worthy cause. You can donate old comics you don't read anymore. Or if you have a comic book shop close by and they have quarter and dollar bins, go and pick some up. Donate some comics. Like I mentioned before, as grown up we sometimes take for granted what children may find just so awesome.
Some of us complain about how the youth is lost and how deteriorated our society has become. And I'm not saying giving away a comic will change the world (at least, not immediately), but I can assure one thing, it WILL make an impact and a difference to a child, and who knows, wouldn't it be cool to one day see the second coming of a Jim Lee or a Jack Kirby, or a Stan Lee, and have that person say in an interview "this career started because of that ONE person that took the time to donate a comic that was given to me"?
So please, take the time to donate to this worthy cause, and spread the word to your fellow collectors. Send comic books at this direction:
COMICS FOR CHRISTMAS
507 Birmingham Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23505
With these comics, you can bring new worlds to children who are underpriviledged, in orphanages, hospitals and such. So, if you ever read a super hero comic and wished you could be a hero, here's your chance bub (or bubbette)! Be a hero this Christmas. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a secret mission I have to accomplish, and only I can help Haunt. See you guys later!
-Alvaro "Lance Danger" Cortes Ortiz
co-founder of Truthful Comics
PS- Have a story you also want to share about being a child growing up reading comic? Don't be shy! Write your thoughts and spread the word!