Our friend Carla Hoffman and her husband Lance are in the hospital after being burnt while trying to flee the Tea Fire that engulfed the area around Santa Barbara. Both of them are in Irvine, Calif., in the burn unit. In addition, they lost their home and most likely all of their possessions in the fire.

Carla blogged with us on Blog@Newsarama for the past 2+ years, and during that time I’ve had the opportunity to hang out with her and Lance at various conventions. They’re both absolutely wonderful people, and my fellow contributors and I decided to put together some charity auctions on eBay to help them out. We’ve gathered up several hardcovers, review copies of recent video games, etc. that we no longer need, which we’ll start auctioning off soon.

If you’d just like to donate some money to them, you can mail a check to the fund that the Montecito Fire Department set up for them:

The Lance and Carla Burn Fund
Santa Barbara Bank and Trust
1483 East Valley Road
Montecito, CA 93108-124


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  1. D. King Says:

    I don’t really know Carla … I have only spoken with her a few times as an occasional Metro comics customer, but her enthusiasm and engaging personality always shone through … even during these routine encounters. While I’m not the sort that generally takes the extra step to get involved in “causes” because of (insert list of lame and self-deluding excuses here), I have found myself inexplicably moved by the tragedy that has struck this couple. I would therefore like to offer two comic-related items for your benefit auction to help in any small way possible: the first is a signed pencil head-sketch (female) by Terry Moore (of Strangers in Paradise and Echo fame), and the second is a preliminary sketch of four collectible plate designs by (and signed by) the renowned Alex Ross; two of the designs feature Plastic Man while the other two are of Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family. While I’m a big Plastic Man fan, if this sketch can bring in at auction about what I paid for it (directly from Alex Ross at a convention), I think I would enjoy it more knowing that it helped (in a very small way) someone in need. If you are interested, it would be convenient for me to drop them off at Metro Comics … if necessary, I can also provide scans of the items.

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