Yes, this is all OVER the Interweb already, but in the spirit of gathering as much assistance as we can, I must post it again.
Lea Hernandez, the co-founder and original editor of Girl-A-Matic (among many other achievements) suffered unimaginable tragedy Wednesday morning when her home caught fire, ruining half of the house and severely damaging the rest. The remainder of the details and e-mail address to which you can send your aid are contained in this post from Gail Simone, Lea’s friend and lead force behind this call to arms, after you “read on”. If you support the webcomics movement as readily as I do, you’ll go and donate what you can.
“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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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,