If you got into comics in the 80's and 90's like I did, then the name Norm Breyfogle needs no introduction. If you've ever drawn pointy shoulders on Batman's cape or put specific gadgets on Bat's utility belt, then you owe this man an artistic debt. For me, Norm will always be the seminal Batman artist. Unfortunately, Norm has suffered a stroke which has paralyzed his left side, leaving him unable to draw. His treatment has already eaten up his savings, and his family is asking for help.
Now, for those of you who know me, you know that I'm not one to post about causes of any sort. In fact, I'm a stony, pitiless creature of a man who has a black hole where a human heart should be. But, as I said before, I feel like I owe this man for his contributions not only to one of my favorite characters, but to my artistic development. For those of you who live the freelance life, you know how hard it is. This could literally happen to any of us at any time. Until comic companies start outright hiring full time, freelance is the only way we'll get to read about our favorite characters month after month, and it's a lifestyle that has inherent risk. I truly hope that DC will contribute a large sum to Mr. Breyfogle's treatment, but I can't control that. All I can do is ask the freelance and artistic community to help out.
If you can't afford to give a couple of bucks to Mr. Breyfogle, please be good enough to post a link to his page. Thanks for the Bat-memories, Norm, and get well soon.