As reported by the Grand Rapids Press and discussed on the Bendis Board, David Pirkola, owner and operator of Apparitions Comics and Books in Grand Rapids, Michigan was robbed at his store and then shot by the robber. He is currently in stable, but critical condition at a local hospital.
We’ve with Thom, who works at Apparitions Comics and Books, and he confirmed that David is in the hospital and stable, but still severely injured. As you can imagine, no matter how speedy the recovery, getting back to running his business will be challenging. Even normally, running an independent comic book store is an incredibly difficult job, and many retailers often operate with limited or no personal health insurance. Given that retailers are such an important part of our industry, we want to help out as much as possible.
So iFanboy is putting out the call to you, comics fans to help a retailer in need. We’ve set up a PayPal donation button below to allow you donate as much as you’d like. You can use credit cards or bank accounts, and don’t need a PayPal account to donate. All money donated will be sent to David Pirkola to help with his medical bills, as well as to keep his store afloat, so if you can spare it, please donate below.
We will also be reaching out to our friends in the industry to help as well, so stay tuned for possible giveways or auctions of comics goodness, the proceeds of which will go to helping David and his recovery.
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Below are some links to stories that have helped get the word out:
Grand Rapids Press
The Secret of Wednesday’s Haul
Writer’s Old Fashioned
Comics News Insider & Jimmy Aquino
The Dollar Bin
Big thanks to everyone who has donated, we’re well above $7,500 raised! For an update on Dave’s condition, he is out of the ICU, but still recovering and being cared for. For regular updates, the folks who are running Apparitions in his absence have set up a blog – http://davidpirkola.blogspot.com/ – So be sure to check there for regular updates. We’ve been working on putting together an auction of some great stuff – and the auction should launch in mid June, details will be coming soon.
Wanted to check in in the latest. To day we have raised close to $7,000! Amazing!! The items for the auction are flooding in, so be sure to stay tuned for that. And David is doing better, he’s still in rough shape, but making positive steps every day. Please keep getting the word out and stay tuned for the auction news!
Hey everyone, sorry for the delay in the updates. I spoke with Thom at Apparitions and got the update on Dave. He’s still in critical condition, but he’s making positive steps in the right direction, so everyone keep Dave in your prayers. And as TheFreakyTiki posted below, the alleged shooters have been caught! On the donations front, we’ve raised over $5,500 dollars! Plus we’re gathering stuff for some great auctions to help raise money. So keep getting the word out and stay tuned for the auctions, it’s gonna be worth it!
What else can I say? We crossed the $3,000 mark last night, which is amazing and we’re busy lining up the charity auction that is going to knock your socks off. So keep spreading the word – tell your friends and your local comic shop when you pick up your books today!
An amazing day yesterday, as last night we crossed over the $2,000 mark in donations. Thank you to everyone who donated and please keep getting the word out and keep the donations coming in. We’ve been hitting the email and the phones and we’re putting together some amazing things to come. Think your favorite creators and your favorite publishers….think charity auctions…think awesome signed comics and comics related stuff – and it will all go to help Dave and his recovery. Stay tuned for more details!
WOW – What a turnout everyone – in less than 24 hours (and on a Sunday no less), we’ve already raised over $1,000! Please keep getting the word out and letting people know.