IndieGoGo Spotlight: Zipper Club a Comic for Kids with Congenital Heart Defects

ZZZprrrIt’s nice to be able to support a comic book that not only has a good story, but is also for a good cause. That’s why I can proudly recommend The Zipper Club, a Indiegogo crowdfunding project by comic creator Len Wallace.

At age 8, Cliffy Goldfarb was the recipient of an emergency heart transplant. At age 9, Cliffy is now struggling to cope with the limitations his still recovering body is undergoing, and the fact that because of this, he has trouble relating to his peers. When his mom suggests spending his summer at Camp Bravehearts, a place for kids living with heart defects like his own, he has some trepidations about going this camp for “special” kids, but soon learns his worries were all over nothing when he meets a young girl named Rosie who introduces him to a group of new friends who encourage him by showing off their surgical scars to one another and inducting Cliffy into “The Zipper Club”.

Len himself knows the subject well, he himself is a life-long survivor of a congenital heart defect and worked at a real camp that inspired the him to write the story. The series isn’t just about these kids and their heart defect, Len has plotted out a long run that will tackle issues like dealing with divorce, young love, coping with loss of a friend or family member, survivor’s guilt and even puberty. Len has shown his knack for taking on similar subjects in his Oni graphic novel, Love Buzz. Art will be provided by Brenda Liz Lopez.

The money raised will go towards funding the first print run and a little towards paying for the creation. There’ll also be copies donated to pediatric cardiac care centers around the county, so it can make its way into the hands of kids who could need it. And here is even better news, a portion of any profits from the book will be donated to the American Heart Association as a way for the project to give back.

Best Pledge: $15 – I’d say give as much as you can since this is a good cause, but this level gets you a digital and print copy.

Risk: LOW – I know Len pretty well, and he’ll come through on this. Most of the material is done, so the creation part is good to go. The risk I see is printing issues, but he’s built in a good amount of padding for that.