For those who haven't heard, Peter David, writer of stuff, reported Dec. 30 that he had suffered a stroke. On Jan. 4, his wife Kathleen answered the many who asked how they could help. I'm reprinting her post from peterdavid.net:

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Even though we have health insurance we have co-pays and the like. And since this stroke fell at the end of the year, we have all the new co-pays to deal with (I can honestly see those of you who have had to deal with this nodding your heads). And there are things that the insurance company just won’t cover (more head nodding). So we are at the beginning of what is going to be a very expensive year even though we are only 4 days in.

The most direct way is to buy his books from Crazy 8 Press (via ComicMix) or from Amazon or Barnes and Noble websites. These are books that he gets the money from directly and the most per book.

His current Crazy 8 Press books are:

Pulling Up Stakes Part 1
Pulling Up Stakes Part 2 (Brand new)
This is one novel broken into two pieces. This is the cover blurb
Sick of vampire books? Movies? TV shows? Yeah. So are we. Sick of the entire unlife of vampires? Yeah. So is Vince Hammond. Unfortunately, Vince is in it up to his (wait for it) neck. Because Vince is a young vampire hunter who lives with his vampire hunter mother in an entire community of vampire hunters, who in turn are part of a cult of vampire hunters going back all the way to the French Revolution, which many believe to be an uprising of the poor against the rich but was actually a massive purging of vampires from the French nobility (hence the guillotine)

The Camelot Papers
A powerful ruler who’s considered by many to be simple-minded and vacuous and has serious father issues. A no-nonsense, polarizing woman who favors pants suits and pursues dubious agendas involving social needs. A remarkably magnetic leader of men with a reputation as a skirt-chaser. A scheming, manipulative adviser who is constantly trying to control public perceptions. A man seen as the next, great hope for the people, except there are disputes over his background and many contend he’s not what he appears to be.
George W? Hillary and Bill? Karl Rove? Obama?
Try Arthur Pendragon, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, and Galahad.
Whatever you think of the state of today’s politics, The Camelot Papers shows you just how little matters have changed in the past thousand years or so. The Camelot Papers presents a fresh perspective on Arthurian legend by using modern day sensibility and combining it with a classic tale to bring a new insight into iconic characters.

The Hidden Earth Saga of which there are two published and the third is in the works.

Darkness of the Light (book 1 of the Hidden Earth saga)
Height of the Depths (Book 2 of the Hidden Earth saga)

These are science fiction mixed with mythological creatures and the fate of the Universe hangs in the balance. Big epic sweeping books with those great characters that Peter is famous for writing.

There are Print on Demand for all these books if you want a paper copy rather than electronic.

More HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you already have these or can’t purchase them for whatever reason, you can still help us a lot by getting word out all over the Internet about how they can help Peter. I am asking every blogger and people who have access to an audience to spread the word.

The more we sell of these books, the easier it will be for us to pay the bills as they start to pour in.

Buying his other books does help but that is very long term and isn’t much per books but it does help especially the Marvel graphic novels he has written.

I am talking to Glenn about a donate button or something but we don’t have the details worked out and I really want to get the ball rolling on getting this information out while Peter is fresh in everyone’s mind.

We do need your help to help him. He is working very hard at getting back to all that he loves to do and we are trying to ease his mind about whatever we can ease his mind about so he can do it faster.

We are now off to the Hospital to see what the verdict is about his moving today. I will update this when we know what is going on.

I am grateful to everyone who has helped or is going to help Peter.

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Comment by Captain Comics on January 13, 2013 at 7:13pm

Here's the column I wrote for Scripps Howard on this subject -- which they decided not to run, because they felt it was too much like a solicitation.

Andrew A. Smith

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A man whose name you may not know, but has probably given you a lot of smiles, now needs your help.

 

The name is Peter David, and his website describes him as “a writer of stuff.” That’s an amusing understatement, because David has written a ton of stuff, in a variety of fields. It’s entirely likely that no matter who you are, you have enjoyed something that David has written.

 

David got his start in comic books, and has written many fan-favorite titles and stories. It would take most of this column just to list them. But here’s a few:

 

In the 1980s, David re-imagined the Hulk, which turned that character’s history – and sales – around. On Spider-Man, he wrote “The Death of Jean DeWolff,” launched the “Friendly, Neighborhood Spider-Man” series and co-created and wrote “Spider-Man 2099.” He wrote Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-offs at IDW, “Soulsearchers and Co.” at Claypool, and “Dreadstar” at First. He wrote “The Atlantis Chronicles” at DC, and is identified with long runs on “Aquaman,” “Captain Marvel,” “She-Hulk,” “Supergirl,” “X-Factor,” and “Young Justice.” And, oh yeah, he’s adapting all of Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” novels at Marvel Comics.

 

Speaking of adaptations, David has turned many a movie into novel form, including “Batman Forever,” “Iron Man” and “The Rocketeer.” And I don’t mean to slight his original novels, which include a three-book series on King Arthur in modern times that began with “Knight Life,” the “Sir Apropos of Nothing” trilogy, the “Hidden Earth” saga and a re-imagining of Peter Pan, titled “Tigerheart,” that was honored by the “School Library Journal.”

 

Not to mention his many Star Trek novels, including the “Star Trek: New Frontiers” series he invented, and one of the best-selling Star Trek: The Next Generation novels, “Imzadi.” All together, a search for “Peter David” on Amazon turns up 20 pages of results.

 

And that’s just books! He’s written a lot of TV episodes, for shows such as “Babylon 5,” “Ben 10: Alien Force,” and “Young Justice,” and was the chief writer and co-creator of “Space Cases.” He’s written at least two videogames, “Shadow Complex” and “Spider-Man: The Edge of Time.”

 

He’s also been a columnist at “Comics Buyer’s Guide” magazine since 1990, where he donates every penny he makes to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which gives First Amendment help to comics creators. Which is just an indication of what a great guy he is.

 

“I admired Peter's work for years before I began working at CBG,” said Editor Brent Frankenhoff, “and as we worked together on his columns, I gained an even deeper respect for his work. The lengths he goes to are Herculean and the more you know about comics, the more you enjoy his mastery of the form.”

 

So, yeah, you’ve probably enjoyed something, somewhere, sometime that Peter David wrote. But now you can do something for him.

 

On Dec. 30 David reported on his website (peterdavid.net) that he’d suffered a stroke. That’s pretty bad news, but complicated by the fact that he’s a freelance writer, which means he’s entirely on his own when the bills come. He does have insurance, but those bills are going to be huge.

 

How can you help? Oddly enough, by enjoying more of his work. Here’s what his wife Kathleen wrote on peterdavid.net on Jan. 4 on how to help:

 

“The most direct way is to buy his books from Crazy 8 Press (via ComicMix) or from Amazon or Barnes and Noble websites,” she wrote. “These are the books that he gets the money from directly and the most per book.”

 

She suggests “Pulling Up Stakes,” a two-part novel about a young vampire hunter in a family of vampire hunters in a town full of vampire hunters who is sick to un-death of vampires. Or “The Camelot Papers,” which compares today’s current political figures to surprisingly direct counterparts in the Arthurian legends. Or the aforementioned “Hidden Earth” saga, which mixes science fiction with mythological figures.

 

Most are available in print, e-books, or Print on Demand. Every bit of David material you buy helps, Kathleen wrote, even the Marvel graphic novels.

 

“If you already have these or can’t purchase them for whatever reason, you can still help us a lot by getting word out all over the Internet about how they can help Peter. I am asking every blogger and people who have access to an audience to spread the word. The more we sell of these books, the easier it will be for us to pay the bills as they start to pour in.”

 

Plus, you get to read some terrific books. It’s win-win! And lord knows the David family could use a win just now.

 

Contact Andrew A. Smith of the Memphis Commercial Appeal at capncomics@aol.com or on his website, captaincomics.ning.com.

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