Dec 12, 2011

Help out Don Markstein!

I was browsing through my RSS feeds and saw this post via Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter. Don Markstein, the webmaster of Toonopedia, has been ailing this whole year.



Toonopedia is one of the single most informative websites on the internet relating to toons, comics, animated series, animated movies, and whatnot. It focuses mainly on characters, and especially in this day and age of Wikipedia, I go to Don's site for reliable, accurate information.

The following comes from a post by Yoc, an administrator at the Digital Comic Museum:
DON MARKSTEIN UPDATE: edited letter from his wife to a friend

Friday, November 25, 2011 12:01 AM

Thank you for your concern about Don's situation. It means so much to Don to have people remember him. It's been very rough for Don. After his stroke in late March, he suffered from every hospital borne infection imaginable. He has some very low-end insurance so he gets minimal care. After a series of hospitals and rehab centers he now resides at Capri at the Point, 1501 E. Orangewood, Phoenix, AZ. Room #104.

Don Markstein
Capri at the Point
1501 E. Orangewood,
Phoenix, AZ 85020-5130

He is lucid but completely paralyzed on his left side. He is breathing through a hole in his throat and being fed by tube directly into his stomach. His spirits are surprisingly good for someone who has so few ways to alleviate the boredom. He can talk with great effort when they have a speaking valve in place but it causes him troubles and they don't like him to use it very much and pretty much only when he has visitors.

I visit and read to him. Current reading is Wicked, the story of the wicked witch of the west. I'll be ordering the sequels for Christmas. He likes to listen to the classical music stations and he delights in visits from his grandchildren.

The realization he could no longer continue contributing to the Toonopedia site has been difficult.
Cards and letters from old friends would be greatly appreciated.
Again, thank you for your concern. If his situation changes I will let you know.

Best regards.

If you've ever used Don's site, please consider helping him out in this tough time. It's on such small print on his site, but you can send him donations via Amazon or PayPal.

To Don Markstein, his family, and his friends, prayers and good vibes all the way. Get well soon, Don.

3 comments:

Rae Brown said...

Don Markstein's daughter, Rachel Brown, here. Your thoughts and well wishes mean a lot to our family. He greatly enjoys the occasional card, well wishes, or even fan letter. You may continue to send them to him at the address listed in the original post.

Unfortunately, the hope for him recovering is slim at best. He had a history of strokes, then suffered an incident that caused him to be in and out of hospitals for several weeks last February. Stubborn old man that he is, he actually walked out of one the second the ambulance got him there once. Unfortunately, in March of last year, days after his 64th birthday, he suffered a massive stroke while in the hospital. This caused him to be paralyzed on his left side.

His toonopedia was his favorite pastime. He spent years collecting comic trivia and exploring his love for comics. I think I was born as an excuse to continue his love for comics, both in stillform and in animation.

Toonopedia has become everything he ever wanted it to be. Well, it doesn't pay the bills. But it has given him the opportunity to share his passion with others on his terms and given to others a vast repository of toonological knowledge.

In the spirit of keeping his passion alive, my mother, his wife, GiGi Dane, posted yesterday on her Facebook the following:

The time has come to see YOUR byline in the Toonopedia!

If you are a fan of toons then you are probably a fan of Don Markstein's award-winning website -- the Toonopedia (www.toonopedia.com. For over a decade Mr. Markstein has been the creator and sole contributor of the site. He has become too ill to continue but is still interested in seeing the site grow and remain a top source of knowledge for toon lovers in the years to come.

We are now in a position to continue his work but need fresh material to add to our content. Don has asked us to solicit new articles. We are interested in articles on almost any toon that is basically American-bred (although he has made exceptions) that needs a presence in the Toonopedia. Familiarize yourself with the style of the Toonopedia articles. Note the use of artwork with each article and submit a representative piece that reflects the characters personality.

If you have any questions you can contact us at toonopedia@yahoo.com

With many exceptions, my dad has maintained focus on American toons that are at least 10yrs old. His favorite exceptions are things that are returning to the limelight. Submissions will be reviewed by his family members (a couple sons in law, a nephew or two, his wife, etc.) and published upon approval with the name of the writer.

Rae Brown said...

Don Markstein's daughter, Rachel Brown, here. Your thoughts and well wishes mean a lot to our family. He greatly enjoys the occasional card, well wishes, or even fan letter. You may continue to send them to him at the address listed in the original post.

Unfortunately, the hope for him recovering is slim at best. He had a history of strokes, then suffered an incident that caused him to be in and out of hospitals for several weeks last February. Stubborn old man that he is, he actually walked out of one the second the ambulance got him there once. Unfortunately, in March of last year, days after his 64th birthday, he suffered a massive stroke while in the hospital. This caused him to be paralyzed on his left side.

His toonopedia was his favorite pastime. He spent years collecting comic trivia and exploring his love for comics. I think I was born as an excuse to continue his love for comics, both in stillform and in animation.

Toonopedia has become everything he ever wanted it to be. Well, it doesn't pay the bills. But it has given him the opportunity to share his passion with others on his terms and given to others a vast repository of toonological knowledge.

In the spirit of keeping his passion alive, my mother, his wife, GiGi Dane, posted yesterday on her Facebook the following:

The time has come to see YOUR byline in the Toonopedia!

If you are a fan of toons then you are probably a fan of Don Markstein's award-winning website -- the Toonopedia (www.toonopedia.com. For over a decade Mr. Markstein has been the creator and sole contributor of the site. He has become too ill to continue but is still interested in seeing the site grow and remain a top source of knowledge for toon lovers in the years to come.

We are now in a position to continue his work but need fresh material to add to our content. Don has asked us to solicit new articles. We are interested in articles on almost any toon that is basically American-bred (although he has made exceptions) that needs a presence in the Toonopedia. Familiarize yourself with the style of the Toonopedia articles. Note the use of artwork with each article and submit a representative piece that reflects the characters personality.

If you have any questions you can contact us at toonopedia@yahoo.com

With many exceptions, my dad has maintained focus on American toons that are at least 10yrs old. His favorite exceptions are things that are returning to the limelight. Submissions will be reviewed by his family members (a couple sons in law, a nephew or two, his wife, etc.) and published upon approval with the name of the writer.

Rae Brown said...

Don Markstein's daughter, Rachel Brown, here. Your thoughts and well wishes mean a lot to our family. He greatly enjoys the occasional card, well wishes, or even fan letter. You may continue to send them to him at the address listed in the original post.

Unfortunately, the hope for him recovering is slim at best. He had a history of strokes, then suffered an incident that caused him to be in and out of hospitals for several weeks last February. Stubborn old man that he is, he actually walked out of one the second the ambulance got him there once. Unfortunately, in March of last year, days after his 64th birthday, he suffered a massive stroke while in the hospital. This caused him to be paralyzed on his left side.

His toonopedia was his favorite pastime. He spent years collecting comic trivia and exploring his love for comics. I think I was born as an excuse to continue his love for comics, both in stillform and in animation.

Toonopedia has become everything he ever wanted it to be. Well, it doesn't pay the bills. But it has given him the opportunity to share his passion with others on his terms and given to others a vast repository of toonological knowledge.

In the spirit of keeping his passion alive, my mother, his wife, GiGi Dane, posted yesterday on her Facebook the following:

The time has come to see YOUR byline in the Toonopedia!

If you are a fan of toons then you are probably a fan of Don Markstein's award-winning website -- the Toonopedia (www.toonopedia.com. For over a decade Mr. Markstein has been the creator and sole contributor of the site. He has become too ill to continue but is still interested in seeing the site grow and remain a top source of knowledge for toon lovers in the years to come.

We are now in a position to continue his work but need fresh material to add to our content. Don has asked us to solicit new articles. We are interested in articles on almost any toon that is basically American-bred (although he has made exceptions) that needs a presence in the Toonopedia. Familiarize yourself with the style of the Toonopedia articles. Note the use of artwork with each article and submit a representative piece that reflects the characters personality.

If you have any questions you can contact us at toonopedia@yahoo.com

With many exceptions, my dad has maintained focus on American toons that are at least 10yrs old. His favorite exceptions are things that are returning to the limelight. Submissions will be reviewed by his family members (a couple sons in law, a nephew or two, his wife, etc.) and published upon approval with the name of the writer.

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