UPDATE: Dan’s Kickstarter got funded. Thanks. Julie Sokolow wrote a fine article at MichaelMoore.com that really helped.
Full disclosure: That’s my boy! Daniel McCloskey is a cartoonist and founder of Pittsburgh’s Cyberpunk Apocalypse Writer’s Project. On Oct 22, Dan was riding his bike when his front wheel fell into a deep, narrow pothole. Dan flew over the handle bars. He did a face plant on the black asphalt of River Ave, part of Pittsburgh’s Three River Heritage Trail.
A Good Samaritan, a kayaker named Beth, called an ambulance and stayed by his side. Dan’s chin was split open in two flaps, but surgeons at Allegheny Hospital sewed it back together nicely. He still has a wire brace keeping his remaining front tooth in place.
Recently Dan has been drawing monsters for his new comic book series, Top of The Line. He is going through with his launch of the project via Kickstarter. Here is the link.
Cyberpunk Apocalypse Drawathon
Pittsburgh’s arts and comics community is supporting Dan in his hour of need. On Nov. 20 Dan is kickstarting his Kickstarter with a Draw-a-thon. Dan promises to draw live for 24 hours, streaming at danielmccloskey.com. There will be guest comics artists like Jason Lex, Nate McDonough author of Grixly and Nils Skeletonballs dropping in throughout the day to give out bonus rewards. Award -winning poet Tameka Cage Conley will be there. Thomas Scioli will have a special signed edition of Final Frontier. Artnoose and Brett Kashmere are contributing projects, too.
All or Nothing
If you have never supported a Kickstarter project, you will need to sign up. As Kickstarter’s site explains it: If the project reaches its funding goal, then backers are charged. If the project falls short, then no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.
Daniel is among the millions of uninsured Americans. He has a big hospital bill on his hands, but Allegheny Hospital is helping him with the costs. He might get it down to a few thousand dollars. He noted, “It is, however, pretty awesome to live in a world where a motorized vehicle can take you to nearby professionals who have the ability and equipment to relieve your pain, painstakingly sew your face together for 3 hours, and save what teeth can be saved.”