Yes it is that time of year once again. The Bearman Cartoons Charity Challenge, where you do stuff and I donate money to worthy charities. I have been extremely fortunate that both my wife and I are gainfully employed during this tough economic times so I am upping the ante this year.
This is the Fourth Year I have done this so far donating $1656 ($336 in 2009, $630 in 2010, $690 in 2011) and it will run until the end of May.
Many of you know that I do this challenge each year to raise awareness of my blog while giving money to charities who need it. Historically, this has been the majority of my advertising budget for the year so if you enjoy Bearman Cartoons, please help by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, etc and/or thumbing up on StumbleUpon or Reddit.
As in previous years, the first $500 raised will once again go to the Cincinnati FreeStore Foodbank. This charity does great things not only to feed those in need but also to help families get back on their feet in other ways. Anything donated above $500 to the max $1000 will go to support the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. I have a relative with Down Syndrome and this organization does an incredible job working with the families of those afflicted.
But that is not all. Some of you know I donate 100% of my commissions directly to Crayons to Computers. It is a free store for teachers allowing them to stock up on school and art supplies for their students/classrooms. So I am going to match dollar for dollar anything you donate to Crayons to Computers up to a max $500. When donating just make it in Honor of Bearman Cartoons and they will know how to notify me.
I will donate the indicated amount for each thing that you do in the month of May:
- $10 – For any cartoonists who uses ME in a cartoon in their strip. Use “BEARMAN” somewhere in the toon. Maybe it’s a character’s name, a name on a bar sign in the background, integrating my green haired gravatar into a background character or even loosely as “Check out that Bear, man!” Be sure to link back to this post so I know to include you in my tally. I know some of you work with a buffer so if you plan to post after May just contact me and let me know and I will add it to the list.
- $5 – Add http://beartoons.com to your blog roll (for those who don’t already have it)
- $5 – Add a Bearman Cartoons Banner Ad (found here) on your site or if you already have one upgrade to a larger size. Link it to http://beartoons.com
- $10 – Blog about my challenge to your readers and link back to this entry in your post – http://beartoons.com/2012/04/29/bearman-cartoons-charity-challenge-2012
- $5 – Send a picture of yourself wearing a t-shirt from our shop OR send a picture that showcases that you are a BEARMANiac. Photos will be showcased in weekly updates and also appear ongoing in the BEARMANia section. See below for my favorite fan pic from Lynn.
- $1 – Circle/Follow me on Google Plus – http://googleplus.beartoons.com. Currently I have 13,218 followers.
If you add me to your blog roll, add/upgrade your banner, include this challenge in a post, please indicate in the comments. I’ll post a weekly update of the money raised and who did what to raise the money with links back to your site if applicable.
Thanks for your continued support.
So excited for this! Bearman will actually play some hockey!
Yay Bearman! I woulda followed U on G+ anyway, I just forget it’s there. I plan to do some of the other things too. Do U have a fairly high res version of UR green hair avatar U can send me, if so, I’ll do something cool to it and blog it. A low res small one wont work as well. 🙂 Happy fund raising and thanks for all the good you do.
Thanks Colleen. I will see if I have something a little better than the little one to send you.
Me, too. I would like a larger one for M3.
that makes three of us Bearman! Would dig one to use on YoYo-Dyne as well
Red and Rach…are you looking for banner ads…go here http://beartoons.com/bearmania/
That time of year again already ?
Right, cough up, Bearman – I’ve added one of your banners to our sidebar (just above our blogroll)
Thanks Dunc. Always know you are there to join in the fun of emptying my pockets.
yeah, well I’ve just put up a post in MH about your challenge so that’s another $10 😆
Boom…you love turning the screws. But thanks!!!
Oh,yeah! I’m gonna try to send you to the poorhouse this year. It’s right next door to my house, so feel free to come over and eat Ramen with me after you move in. 🙂
I bet T can do some wicked stuff with a box of Ramen though.
Nicely done, Bearman!
Really, already! It seems like it was only a few months ago. I didn’t even know I knew you that long. Well I hope you have a wonderful turn out!
I think I did a mini one for people to follow me on G+ but this is the big old giant one.
That’s probably what it was. You have a big heart, Bearman…all the best!
It’s here again. You’re a good & kind man Bearman. I’ll slot you into Wednesday’s comic
What? I thought you had a 10 week buffer on your comic. What’s up with that? haha
I’ve got a buffer of 30 coloured & ready to go at the moment which for 3 a week is ummm…
add the 2 & carry the 7 equals…
10 weeks!!! Amazing how’d you know. That actually is the exact number I have in my comics not posted yet folder. Amazing!!!
Wednesday’s comic has Sam in it but I edited it this morning & replaced him with you. I hope he doesn’t pull a union demarcation dispute on me.
George Ford is jealous of your 10 week buffer. Oh and how do I know…well you forget to turn off your webcam. Please start wearing pants when you draw.
OK the Green Haired Guy has now made his appearance in Tasmania
Those are excellent causes, Bearman–you’re a hero!
I’ve added your blog to my blogroll.
Thanks so much Scott!!
I got ya on Made For Art, B’man
Let me get caught up from the weekend and I’ll do a couple of these.
Have a terrific day. 🙂
Awesome. Boom another $10…thanks!
Always happy to try pester…er, help out!
At the very least I’ll get this blogged about.
No one will understand what I’m saying, but…
Does anyone ever know what you are saying?? Thanks!!
I just happen to be travelin’ this week. I will be stayin’ in a motel…with wifi. I won last year, even with my limited connections. I wonder what I can cost you this year. (Seriously it won’t be as much because I am not postin’ as often). It really doesn’t matter because I try to promote my friends year round. I learned that from you.
You do a great job of it. Anything you are able to do will be great. Look at you staying at a fancy motel.
Nobody said anything about fancy. Anyway they don’t have Boardin’ Houses anymore.
Yes they do…they just made it sound nicer by calling it a Bed and Breakfast.
Yeah, I thought of that after I posted the comment but they are more expensive than the Motel 4. One of these days I’m goin’ all out and stay at a Motel 6.
They’ll leave the light on.
Pfft… I can top that pic! 🙂
I may just do it. That sounds like a dare to me.
You mean I have to mention you again??
No..only if you care about the children.
Do wombats really care about children?
We care only about the ones that come chocolate coated.
I have seen a few with chocolate coated faces.
I have already followed and added you to my blogroll, but I will spread the word and see what I can do to help out. It’s a great thing you are doing.
I accept your challenge, Man of the Bear Clan! I will wrestle with the great animal Muse and bring honor to your charitible pursuit. So swear I!
I am already giving you credit for last week’s cartoon but I’ll take another.
Count me in! I’m adding you to my Blogroll. Nice idea money for such good charities.
Thanks!!! Send me a 125×125 banner ad and I will add yours as well.
$10 more thanks to Neal at http://www.subparker.com/?p=192
I was late last year BUT I’m in this year!
hey bearman I’ve already liked you on facebook and followed you on google+ in previous years so I tried to make a donation on the Cincinnati Food Bank site instead. the trouble is even though it accepts my address is in Australia it still wants me to add an American state before it accepts my donation. any suggestions?
You might have to move to America.
Not sure. I know people in other countries have donated to http://crayons2computers.org with no issues. That is the one that I am matching donations to so if you want try that one. Appreciate the effort.
I’ve circled you on google and put a link on facebook. I remember first finding you through one of these challenges. Great to see it again.
Hey, your blog link URL up there is wrong! It should have a 29, not a 28!
Boy, I’m like a week behind in my Bearman readings. Good luck with the challenge!
Hi I came here through Debbie Adamsn site…loved your wrok and banners. can your banners be added as a widget in site with link to your site?
I am pretty sure they can. That is how I do my links in my widgets. I just took banner ads from others and had the image point to their site.
You’re awesome, Bearman!!! (I’m Deb’s friend, I learned about this charity on her blog.)
You’re now on my blogroll!
forgot to thank you for this…thanks!!
Bearman the work you do for charity is amazing. Already have a banner on YoYo-Dyne, have you in Google+ circles and enjoy the hell out of your cartoons 🙂
Will post a link back to your charity cause today and some other Bearman tidbits Hey, even promise that some of them will be true!
You are truly one of the finest people and artists I’ve ever been lucky enough to meet. Even if it is ‘virtually.’
Be well and good luck with this year’s challenge!
Will link back later today.
Awesome. Thanks so much Rach. So many G+ folks abandon after they get MUGGED but you have stuck with me there and more importantly here. I appreciate it.
Oh and you need to get me a 125×125 banner ad so I can ad you to my links page.
Great Space and wonderful Work…I took a leap over from Debs Blog..
Wishing you well… Dreamwalker
Thanks Sue. Glad to have you over here.
You are officially over $500. *Grins*
Woo Hooo…thanks so much!!!
I tweeted about the challenge, I went outside the box and picked something not on your list! You-are-welcome! [wink]
You are definitely OUTSIDE the box. Thanks for helping!!