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I met Lar DeSouza when he was artist guest of honor at ICON in Iowa, back in 2014. Later that weekend, I met him again as Sailor Bacon.

Lar DeSouza as Sailor BaconYou see, back in 2013, Lar was fundraising for Multiple Sclerosis research, and promised his fans that he’d dress up in the cosplay of their choosing if they raised at least $10,000.

Which they did.

He’s continued to raise money for MS research — and to dress up as Sailor Bacon — ever since. He’s also offered incentives like custom artwork and dyeing his beard an additional color for every extra $1000 raised.

If my math is right, Lar and his fans have raised around $40,000 in total to fight MS.

There’s even a new Sailor Bacon plush, with a portion of the proceeds going to MS research.

Fighting MS by con light,
Winning breakfast by daylight,
Rainbow beard that is so bright!
It is the one named Sailor Bacon!

The MS Walk was May 1 this year, but it looks like you can still donate.

I love that geeks and fandom not only work so hard to do so much for good, worthwhile causes, but that we find weird and random and fun ways to do it.

Goblin: Keep Being Awesome!!!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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mt_yvr
May. 12th, 2016 04:20 pm (UTC)
This doesn't at all remind me of something. Something... something... what is it? Men in poses... or outfits... or both... hmmm... now what IS that.

;)

I love his comics. I've been reading them for a while. This is so awesome.
jimhines
May. 12th, 2016 04:31 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I have no idea what you're talking about :-)
mt_yvr
May. 12th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
uh huh. I believe you. BILLIONS wouldn't. And would provide links. But I believe you.

... Sailor Bacon does poses from anime.

I don't know why I hate Lar, which obviously I must to suggest that... but hey. Now. Where to find the tentacles.
indiana_j
May. 12th, 2016 10:29 pm (UTC)
I love, love, love that you're highlighting these amazing people and the good works they're doing. Nonprofits and charities are near and dear to my heart as I've been in the profession for 11 years and I'm humbled every day by the good works I get to see happen every day.

To see them tied to hobbies I love, that just makes it that much better!
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