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The Comics Curmudgeon Westward Bound! fundraiser

Click the banner to contribute by credit card or PayPal — Thanks!

As is now widely known, Josh Fruhlinger — the Comics Curmudgeon, who has single-handedly kept newspaper comics fresh and funny for more than a decade — is at this moment moving his family and earthly possessions to Los Angeles, there to build a new life in the entertainment industry.

I’m sure you remember the alternating moments of elation and terror from big risks you’ve taken in your own life, and how much it meant when people reached out to you with expressions of encouragement and support. Well, here’s your chance: whenever PayPal registers a generous contribution from a Comics Curmudgeon reader, it sends a notification to Josh’s phone. My goal for the Westward Bound! fundraiser is to keep that iPhone pinging through the long hours as the Curmudgeon Caravan draws ever closer to its goal in America’s Golden West. It’s easy to contribute, and the fact of your thoughtfulness matters far more than the amount. Take a minute right now!

To contribute by PayPal or credit card: Click the banner and follow the instructions at the secure PayPal site. You don’t need a PayPal account — major credit cards are fine!

To send a check by mail: Click the button below to email — I’ll reply with an address for your check, cash, or money order.

Contributions of any amount are warmly appreciated — and whether you contribute online or by mail, thank you!

– Uncle Lumpy

Small Print: All contributions go to Josh for running the Comics Curmudgeon — I don’t accept compensation for running the site or the fundraiser. I also have no access to Josh’s PayPal account, so I don’t know who gives or how much. If you email for Josh’s address, I will discard your email address after I reply — to make a completely anonymous contribution, contact me using a fake name. If you have problems contributing by any of these methods, or have questions about the process, let me know by email and I’ll do what I can to help. Thanks!

Banners: Here’s an easy way to browse the banners without having to reload the page each time:

$arah Arlo & Janis Stanley Olive’s Angel Team Annie April Bride
Barney Rachel ‘n’ Wally Bear Bonk Heathcliff Bil Bill
Spidey Queen B. Buxley Carol Cave Len Connie
Croc Daddy Dag Lily Drums Drunk Funky
Mary ‘n’ Olive Forths Funky Hagar Hawthorne Hi
Smokin’ Holly Honk! It’s Love! Jeremy Jerry
Jon Bad Doctor! Katherine Neddy Lockhorns Lust for Lisa
Martine Milford Momma Tommy Nazi Peter Parker
Camp Swampy Pastis is a stud Pearls Python Randy Parker Retro Les
Nice Ass! Sammitch Sarah Sarge Sly and Cass Sly
Sherman Spidey Stanley Ted Tracy Turtle
Val ‘n’ Aleta A Funky Wedding Wilbur and Iris Zits Mark horn Eddie
Doc Ock South Beverage Burma-Shave Game of Forths

Here are the banners from last spring’s fundraiser:

Aldo Band Guran Tanks Grubber Gil Girl
Bum Boat B-wad Cookie Crank Cyclops Dad
Doris Drone Duke Pop Pop Yak time! Lois
Jonah Dead Lisa Thou shalt! Nazis Mark Rex
Sarah 6 Diffs Thel Tommy Zero Duck
Doge Luann Luann 2 Mary down! Maeve totes Hero Tito

Here are the banners from the fall 2013 fundraiser:

Adopt Aeronaut Avery Bad Girl Barn Believe!
Beth Buford Cranky Desert Dinkle Dithers
Lisa Lisa Lisa Falk Folks Frank Garbage Ape Green Home Greg ‘n’ Diane
Ham! Handsex Hil’s Crew Judge P. Juliet Jones Sarah
Leroy Lu Ann Mandrake Margaret Marvin MiMi
Momma Oakwood Onlooker Pig Rexy Ron ‘n’ Reg
Rusty Dino SCCM Sly Spidey TtT Teller
Tiffany Tina Tinkersons Val Wilbur Wud

Here are the banners from Spring, 2013:

Abby Bank Blue shot Beach Trash Stripey ‘n’ Savarna Winky
Crankshaft Captain Preppie Crunch Curtis Duck! Herd
Fronnk! Pat the Pig! Halftrack Hawthorne Hazel Heathcliff
Henry Blam! June Kidz Kingpin Les
Lockhorns Lu Ann Ludwig Mandrake Margo Marmaduke
Marvin Mary Mysta Reply All Sam ‘n’ Abby Savarna
Silas Spidey ‘n’ DD Blam 2 Faster! Fire!

Here are the banners from fall, 2012:

Ann Eiffel Chainsaw! Righties Cherry Boring! Crankshaft
Edda Hill Folk Fillmore Gen. Amos Heathcliff J. Jonah
Wedding March Lila Lockhorns Aaaaah! Marty Mary 1
Mary 2 Mary 3 Mouse away! Ashes to ashes Otto Phantom
Noses Savarna Snuffy Blues Zits Andy!

Here are the banners from fall, 2011:

Admin Andy Bad Girl Maddie Beetle Billy
Blaze Blue Brewster Bucanero Bus Camelot
Cash Cayla Vermin Crock Dale Devils
Dick Geese Gina Ponytail Goat Grim
Hagar Hobart Honk! Kelly Krack! Les!
More Les Lillian Lizz Lois Maldubh Malotte
Margo Marvin McQueen Morbius Nancy Pete & MJ
Pike Plugger Reply All Rex Rusty Sam & Abby
Sherman Slylock Spike Stripey Val Walt
Wilbur & Mary Halftrack Sly B-wad Dagwood NY Blaze
Jailbird Josh

Here are the banners from spring, 2011:

Adrian and Scott Aleta Amato Arlo ‘n’ Janis Berna Bill Ellis
Brenda Girl Talk Constance Crock Dagwood Dawn ‘n’ Dad
Dawn Dennis Circle Flying Mark Gene Linsky ‘Bye, Jill!
Jill Jumble Les Lini Lu Ann Claude Manx
Modred Pensive Mark Quill ‘n’ Luann Seth Shoe Singles girl
Snuffy Ted Forth Trey Wilbur Wimpy Zits
Tender Moments

Here are the ones from fall 2010:

Arlo and Janis J. Elhew Bisbee Brenda Starr Miss Buxley D’Buckworth Dead Lonnie
Draw a Bear Lee Falk 2 Funkies Greg ‘n’ Diane Hemp Trail Horde
Lonnie city Love Is Luann ‘n’ Tiff Makeover! Mary shrink Pluggers
Red Stu Sam ‘n’ Jules Slylock Snuffy Spot the Dif Stripey ‘n’ Stalky
Stripey Thorp girl Val ‘n’ Aleta Jenna Sassy Shoe ‘n’ Skyler
Marmaduke Ted Dagwood Buck

And from spring, 2010:

Adrian Cory Aleta Valiant Angel Spidey Annie Arlo ‘n’ Janis Bad June
Bears Billy ‘n’ Dolly Bobbie Merrill Cathy Curtis Dagwood
Deer Dennis Diana Dixie Doc P. Edie
Enormoushop Flash ‘n’ Dale Floom! Gator Godiva Helen Clark
Jeffy Jumble Jury Kessler Kra-Koom! Kurt Lisa
Lisa II Loretta Luann Luhm Margo Mark
Ms. D’Vito Parker Plugger Rapids Sad June Savarna
Sheriff Snuffy Spidey Ted ‘n’ Sally Tommie Trail Kiss
Two Wilburs Wally ‘n’ Stumpy Wanda Wanted! Wilbur ‘n’ Kurt Zits
Grampy Mad Bobbie

From fall, 2009:

Abby Ardin Alice Becka Cap’n Angry Charley Clown
Dark Margo Deathy McDeath Del ‘n’ Lawrence Delilah Doris ‘n’ Margo Dragon
Gabriella Gil Herb ‘n’ Jamaal Godiva Hil ‘n’ Faye June
Kwanzaa Lisa Loweezy Manly Rex Mark Mary
Narration Box Neddy Nora Mills Phil ‘n’ Duke Popeye Rusty
Ruthie Sam Sid Sly ‘n’ Cass Steely Margo Stripey ‘n’ Di
Sultry June Ted Tenzin Val H-Town! Crankshaft
Tiger Curate

These are from the spring 2009 Pledge Drive:

Adrian Adrian II Alan/Haley Amos Beetle Brenda
Cedric Cherry Confey Crocco Warbucks Willie
DT Baddie Electro Gertie Gil Hil Forth Jeff
June Liz Det. Roberts Luann Mark Mary
3-G Men MT Thug Rex Sarah Savarna Spidey
Ted Forth

And finally, these are from September 2008:

Abby Alan Aldo Ashley Blondie Brenda
Chatu Crankshaft Curtis Derek_Onion Dixie Dolly
Edda Fred Funky Gil Herb_Jamaal Ian
Judge Parker Jughead June Les Lisa Luann
Mandrake Margo Mark Marmaduke Mary Masky
Moon Morgu Phantom Ray Rex Sam
Slylock Spiderman Squirrels Taze-R Ted TJ
Toby Tommie Toni Tracy Val Weirdly

Wasn’t that more fun than a lot of nasty old work? So how about a couple bucks for Josh?