The GeeksverseNEWS | Help writer Steve Niles and musician Monica Richards recover from the loss of their home

NEWS | Help writer Steve Niles and musician Monica Richards recover from the loss of their home
Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by
Signed comics and one-of-a-kind original art among the items for auction in a fundraiser organized to help comics writer Steve Niles and musician Monica Richards after their home was destroyed in a Central Texas flood. Find out how you can help after the jump.

As we previously reported in the Odds and Sods section of the Oct. 14 News Round-up, the home that horror comics writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre) shared with his partner, musician Monica Richards, sustained significant damage after a storm and subsequent flooding hit Austin, Texas last October 12. Unfortunately, Niles did not have flood insurance. Here’s what happened in Niles’ own words (via Bleeding Cool):

Woke up at 6am to water rushing into the house. Already ankle deep by the time we saw it. We got as much as we could off the ground and tried to block but there wasn’t much we could do. The worst was trying to get to Gil [Niles' pet turtle—ed.]. It was waist deep almost and strong enough to throw around logs. I reached him and he was submerged and freaking out. Don’t remember much more then lifting him and carrying him all the way back to the house. Looking back I can see how scary it was.

We are securing the house as much as we can and going through the damage. A scrapbook full of original art I’ve kept for 30 years is gone. A lot more.

Our friends Belinda and Steve are setting up a fund to help. I feel terrible about this but once things settle I’ll have to face up that we need help. I just wish I could catch my breath for 5 minutes and I can make my own money. Austin has had other ideas I guess.

We’ll keep you posted. We’re sort of trapped here for right now. Going to pack and move as much as we can before the next storm hits.

Thank you guys so much.

Writer Matt Miner has organized an eBay auction to help raise funds for Steve Niles and Monica Richards (via The Beat). Below is a list of the donated items currently up for bid:

Visit the rockawaycomics eBay page to bid on these items and to see new auction items as they are added. Artists, writers, and other comics creators who wish to contribute items to the auction should contact Matt Miner (@MattMinerXVX) for details.

Those wishing to help Niles and Richards without taking part in the auction can donate directly to Paypal through Niles is also encouraging readers to help all those in the Austin area affected by the floods by donating to the Central Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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