Any cosplayer that has been around for awhile remembers Kevin Lillard who ran the site A Fan’s View. Well, he has fallen on very hard times, as proven from this post on his Facebook:
“When you live in your car in an abandoned parking lot along a major interstate highway, you see interesting traffic from time to time. Around 8 a.m., eastbound sirens announced the approach of police traffic,led by a plain white box van with a large door on the left side, followed closely by an armed personnel carrier. It took a moment before I recognized the two vehicles, which I had seen on the streets during my now-ended career a s a reporter for the Indianapolis Star. I saw those same two vehicles downtown a couple of years ago when covering a so-called bomb threat involving a man who had left a backpack next to what was then the police department’s downtown district headquarters. The white box van carries the police department’s tactical robot so the small convoy must have been headed to a SWAT call out.
I’m in the same position of life as the street person whose backpack led to that fuss of years ago. Out of work and out of money, I’ve been living in my car for the last month, spending days at a nearby library, sending out mostly ignored online job applications. Already there’s no money to buy food and the last things to eat were some peanuts from a vending machine at the Anderson newspaper where I had my last job interview. I spent my last change to make a 50-cent call at a pay phone hoping to speak to a recruiter and reached only voice mail. The car where I’ve been living started running out of fuel on the way to the library and I barely got there. With no money there will be no fuel and no way to go from place to place. Even if there is another job offer there will be no way to get there,with no money and no fuel. Unless there’s some sort of miracle,this is the end of any hopes I had. All of the prayers have been answered with messages of failure. This is where we have learned what God really wants.”
The cosplay community has come together and is trying to help him out. I personally am unemployed right now, so I can’t help contribute, but I can do a signal boost.
If you can spare anything to send his way, he is accepting gift donations to his Paypal:
“Thank for the wonderful offers of help. Any financial assistance can be sent through Pay Pal using the E-mail address of firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Thanks everyone and let’s do what we can to help Kevin out!