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Sunday, January 22, 2012
An Important Message On Behalf Of Tom Ziuko
-- my name is Gary Mann, writing here on Tom's behalf. You may not
know me, but if you read comic-books or grew up reading them, chances
are you're familiar with the name Tom Ziuko, and his work.
was recently hospitalised for the second time in less than a year; this
time requiring emergency surgery. I've helped to create this Facebook
page for Tom in order to bring attention to his current medical
situation, and hopefully gain assistance in order to help him out.
Tom is a comic-book colorist by profession -- over the course of his
thirty year career he's worked primarily for DC and Marvel Comics; as
well as a host of other independent publishers. His credits include work
on a wide variety of characters and genres, ranging from Superman,
Bat-Man, Spider-Man and Captain America to Dracula and The Shadow; and
on titles as diverse as Crisis on Infinite Earths and The History of the
DC Universe, from Hellblazer to Looney Toons; as well as dozens of
I've known Tom since we were both young comic-book
fans back in the 1970's, and I've started up this Facebook page in order
to hopefully raise some much needed financial assistance for him. Tom
is a freelance artist, unable to afford health insurance, and the last
year has been brutal for him -- in December of 2010 he was diagnosed
with acute kidney failure; he spent the following months in the hospital
being treated for this, and then convalescing at home, during which
time he was also diagnosed with neuropathy.
Then in September
he was dealt another life threatening blow -- he had to have emergency
surgery to repair his strangulated colon. He was facing a possible
colostomy -- but I'm happy to report that his surgeons were able to save
both his life and his colon.
After spending another month in
the hospital, Tom is currently recuperating at home, although still
unable to return to work full-time. Early last year, Tom's friend and
fellow freelance artist Alan Kupperberg mounted an effort to help raise
some funds for him; and a great non-profit organisation, The Hero Initiative, has played a major role in helping Tom to survive during
this last year, keeping him afloat and literally saving him from
becoming homeless. But Tom continues to face a mountain of medical
bills, personal expenses and debt.
And so I appeal to those of
you who may have been touched by Tom's work over the last three
decades; in that you might be able to contribute to assisting him
financially while he continues his recovery. I know that times are tight
right now for everyone, but any contribution you might be able to make,
no matter how small, would be both beneficial and greatly appreciated
We have a Paypal account set up if you'd like to
contribute over the internet then you can do so using this email address. And whether you're able
to contribute funds or not, you can write to Tom directly here on
Facebook, or at his email address in order to send
him get-well wishes, to say hello and wish him a speedy recovery, or
just to let him know if you've enjoyed his work over the years.
If you want to contribute directly to Tom's assistance fund, you can do so at Paypal
On behalf of both Tom and myself -- thank you so much! - Gary Mann