3 comic books with full color covers, B&W interiors
In support of the American Red Cross and their invaluable work in this time of crisis, we are offering our first three published comic books in a special value pack priced at $7.95 (actual retail value is $8.85), and 100% of profit (i.e. anything over the books' initial publishing costs) will be donated to the
American Red Cross. The comic books included in this pack are BLACK PLAGUE #1; the first 24-page issue in an all-new comedic superhero quarterly series by Paul Southworth (the cartoonist of the webcomic KRAZY LARRY), and SUPEROSITY #1 and #2; the first two 48-page issues of a monthly series by Chris Crosby collecting the SUPEROSITY webcomics with commentary by Crosby and all-new stories in #1 by Jeff Rowland (WHEN I GROW UP) and Aric McKeown (?) and in #2 by Carson Fire (ELF LIFE) and John Allison (BOBBINS).
This pack includes only already-published comic books and will begin shipping immediately.
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To support the Red Cross without buying any funnybooks, go to or PayPal's fee-free donation pages, or go directly to the American Red Cross's homepage.

Here's some excellent information written by a Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteer in lower Manhattan named Jessica, who also happens to be a big fan of SCHLOCK MERCENARY (thanks for passing this along, Howard!)...


The very best thing you can do right now is donate money. Donations can be processed online at, but the page may not respond due to overwhelming demand. If this is the case, then call 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669).

I realize you want to give stuff. We've had LOTS of calls from people with clothes, or food, or whatever. The American people are some of the most generous people on the face of the planet Earth, but the plain and simple fact is that New York has way more clothes, food, water, and other equipment than they can handle right now. Your money is not cold and impersonal, as much as Captain Tagon might like to think of it that way. Your money will be going to pay for the diesel fuel that powers the trucks that gets the stuff to the blast site. It'll be paying for disaster volunteer workers from all over the New York metropolitan area, and all over the Washington DC area, to get on a bus or a train or the highway and get to the disaster site. It'll be paying for those workers' food, and the rooms they'll be staying in, and the other supplies they'll need to help the emergency workers on site. It'll be going towards getting some of the best doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, and counselors on the North American continent in there to make sure that the people trying to save these victims' lives - or trying to deal with the enormity of their losses - will be able to carry on, and won't become victims of the disaster themselves. Money can, and will, be used as efficiently as humanly possible to make sure that each and every person involved in this disaster recovery effort can do what needs doing - and will be able to go home and stay sane after all of this is done.

As of 15 September 2001, area blood centers are running at or over capacity. However, blood is only storable for a short time. They will need blood - and platelets, and plasma - over the next few days, though. To find out what to do next, please call one of the following numbers.

* If you live in the area of New York City, call (800) 933-2566 - Blood Center of New York - or (800) 692-5663.
* If you live elsewhere in New York State, call (800) 272-4543.
* If you live anywhere else, please call (800) 448-3543. That number is also known as 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. Alternatively, call (800) 448-3256, which is 1-800-GIVE-BLOOD.

If those are busy, please, please, get out your telephone book and look up "Hospitals". Find the telephone number for their blood center, or their general number. Call them. Tell them that you want to donate blood for the current disaster situation in New York or at the Pentagon. They will take your information and tell you when to come in. It's possible that all your local hospitals will be at capacity - don't worry about that. Within two weeks the supply will start dropping again, because blood can only be kept for a certain amount of time. This is not a disaster that is going to go away. Make the appointment for next week, or the week after that, or whatever! The blood will be needed. Go ahead and make the call. You may have to wait a week or two or three, but that's all right. It'll still be just as valued and just as vital when you do go in. And they'll still have the cookies.

Make sure you eat well during the time between your call and the time you have to give blood, because they'll test your blood for iron. If you don't have enough, you won't be allowed to give. Eating a properly balanced diet - and possibly taking a multivitamin with iron - is just about the best way to prepare for blood donation. Believe me, I know. I've been doing it since 1992. Also, there are certain criteria you should know about if you want to give blood. Please go to:

to make sure that you're currently eligible. Thanks!


* Did you have a family member who was on an American Airlines flight and can't find them? Call 1-800-245-0999.
* How about United? 1-800-932-8555. United also says they'll post information at
* Was one of your relatives assigned to the Pentagon on September 11? If they were in the Army, call 1-800-984-8523. If they were Navy or Marine Corps, call 1-877-663-6772.
* If you are looking for someone who was in the World Trade Center or who might have been there, but you're not sure where they were or who they would have been working with, the Office of Victims of Crime has a hotline for you. Call them at 1-800-331-0075 and leave your contact information; they'll get back to you once they've managed to get the information you're looking for.
* Specific companies with offices in the Towers have set up phone numbers for people looking for relatives. Here are a few, and yes, '866' is a toll-free call:
* AON Employees: 866-256-4154
* Banco LatinoAmericano de Exportacione: Contact Ann Escobar, Vice President, 507-210-8555
* Brown & Wood: 1-800-464-8555
* Cantor Fitzgerald: 212-940-8162, 212-940-8482, 212-940-8492, 212-893-6073
* Carr Future: 800-755-7620
* Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Employee Assistance: 888-616-1783, General Info: 202-418-5000
* Blue Cross Blue Shield: 866-761-8265
* Fred Alger: 201-547-3650
* Fuji Bank: 888-537-3854
* Instinet Employee Hotline: 866-633-3266
* Lee Hecht Harrison: 1-201-782-3704
* Marsh & McLennan Companies: 212-345-6000
* Morgan Stanley: 888-883-4391
* NYC Bureau of Labs: 212-447-2998
* Pitney Bowes: PMBS 800-669-0800, 888-267-8126 or 917-351-2977, PBI Employee Hotline 800-272-9435
* Port Authority: 973-565-5501
* Thacher Profitt: 800-698-4587
* Thomson Financial: Employee Crisis Hotline 800-545-3540, Overseas or after business hours callers 617-856-2000, or email
* Windows on the World: 877-226-5170
Other information can be had at: