Comic writer Jake Black diagnosed with cancer

Saw this on the CGS boards and was a bit stunned-

“Many may not know but Tales Of The TMNT writer Jake Black was diagnosed with cancer this past year and has been having a hard time keeping up with medical bills. In an effort to help him out with those bills, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird decided (at the assistance of Stephen Murphy) to collaborate on a print to sell at San Diego Comic Con with all the proceeds going to help pay for Jake’s medical bills. Kevin did pencils, Peter did the inks, and Steve Lavigne colored the whole thing.”

“There are only 100 of them, each is signed by Peter Laird. This group of 100 is SDCC exclusive and will cost $25 each. All proceeds to benefit Jake. In addition, since Kevin is attending the con, people will have the chance to get Kevin to sign it as well. We will also be selling the “Mirage group jam” prints at SDCC, for $20/each, also benefiting Jake.”

I haven’t been on myspace lately which is where I usually see blogs from Jake about what’s going on in his life. The last ones I read were months ago after he had become a new dad. Well, he had stopped doing blogs there and moved to his site- to do what few blogs he feels like doing recently since going to the hospital for chemo. Jake just recently turned 30.

His friends Rob and Michelle Brown have set up a blog to use as a fundraiser for Jake’s medical bills. They are training for an Adventure Race and are looking for sponsors (like a walk-a-thon). All the money they raise will go to his bills. Please check it out, and if you can donate do that, too, at-


I met Jake and his wife Michelle in Metropolis back in 2005, and have looked forward to running into them at shows and picking up new comics written by Jake. Nice folks, and they live in Utah- my old home. 🙂


If I hear any more news I’ll let you know.

I wish Jake and his family all the best and hope you are all doing well!



Lin has been an artist and screen printer in the t-shirt industry for over 25 years and was a graphic artist designing monuments for 5 years. Lin is the creator of the web-comic Scared Silly and was co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales (with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty). He currently runs a geek travel blog and cartoon site- Lin has also done his fair share of freelance art for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Topps, Kevin Paige (CD cover art), 96X, and Rock103.. Lin has done mural work for Pancho’s, McDonald’s and Fitzgerald’s Casino, and his artwork has also appeared in The Memphis Flyer, Commercial Appeal, Airbrush Action Magazine, Amazing Figure Modeler, Stargodz (comic book with Conquest Studios), on Rock103 (Wake Up Crew web comic) and The Outdoor Channel’s websites, the MSCA (Mid-South Cartoonists Association) comics It Came From Beneath The Drawing Board and Overdrawn and Underwritten, in author Christa Michael’s first book – Ramblings With Redde: Why Does My Life Seem Like A Bad “B” Flick?, and Comic Geek Speak’s CGS:The End comic. Lin was a volunteer for the Memphis Ronald McDonald House, and an artist and scare-crew member for the Haunted Web Of Horrors charity haunted house (which benefited Youth Villages). He was named the Memphis Ronald McDonald House’s Special Events Volunteer of the Year in 2001, and again with RMH ‘A-Team’ and Nightmarez/ co-horts Patrick French and Todd Patton in 2002. He was awarded the “Superman Of Metropolis” award as a guest artist at the 2005 Metropolis Superman Celebration, and was the Artist Guest Of Honor at ShadowconXIII in 2009 and in 2012. He has also won two M.A.R.S. (Memphis Area Radio Stations) awards for writing and voicing radio commercials, and was awarded a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award by Volunteer Northwest Mississippi, a volunteer center of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, in conjunction with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Lin served as the President and Vice-President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) for 4 years and 9 years, respectively. He is currently a member of the MSCA and DeSoto Arts Council in North Mississippi. He is married to Nicki Workman, and has 3 cats- Jarael, Harley Quinn, and Lex.

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