Fund Raising to Help David Pirkola, Comics Retailer
Posted 28 April 2008 - 01:43 PM
"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 spoken with Peter Ryan, who along with Stephen Jayner owns Capital City Collectibles in Lansing, MI and are close friends and co-owners of 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."