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 so I am continuing the challenge at the same level for another year. This is the Sixth Year I have done this so far donating $4456 ($336 in 2009, $630 in 2010, $690 in 2011, $1150 in 2012, and $1650 in 2013) and it will run until the end of May. 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. Again this year I will divide evenly the amount of money donated between three charities up to $1500. The fact that we hit the goal last year made me want to do more this year: The first being 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. The second charity is the Brandon C Gromada Head and Neck Cancer Foundation. This charity is named after my friend Brandon Gromada who was stricken with this terrible disease and passed away in 2012. His family set up this foundation to direct funds to research for better treatments. This is a rare type of cancer that research funds are needed to combat it. And the third is of course one of my favorite charities, Crayons to Computers. It is a free store for teachers allowing them to stock up on school and art supplies for their students/classrooms. But that is not all. Once again, 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. So that is $2000 of my own money I am will to put up to get the word out about these causes. 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 – Blog about my challenge to your readers and link back to this entry in your post – http://beartoons.com/2014/04/29/bearman-cartoons-charity-challenge-2014/
- $1 – Circle/Follow me on Google Plus – http://googleplus.beartoons.com. Currently I have 70,495 followers.
If by some luck I hit the max payout and your are a cartoonist willing to utilize me/my name in your strip but haven’t posted yet, just let me know and I will still count those as part of the match money to Crayons 2 Computers. Thanks for your continued support.
It’s on again!!! You are a generous & kind hearted bloke Bearman.
P.S. You said “The Bearman Cartoons Charity Challenge, where you do stuff and I donate money to worthy charities.”. Does changing URL’s constitute “Doing stuff”
If it does, you could bankrupt him, Tony.
haha Binky gave a much better response than I would have Tony. Damn straight it is the truth.
Next week on Tony’s blog. A webcomic about two rolls of toilet paper that go on an adventure.
🙂 You’re a scream Tony 🙂 lmao
Tony – from a Dept of Envt fact sheet ‘Quolls share communal latrine (toilet) sites which are located in open spaces and may have up to 100 droppings piled up. Quolls may use these sites for marking their territory and for other social functions.’
Other social functions???
Saturday night party at the poo pile. Eats & drinks provided. All are invited.
I think I will pass Tony and Pip haha
Mentioned your charity challenge in my latest post – fantastic idea. http://pipmarks.com/2014/05/10/using-wombats-to-promote-your-blog-and-support-good-causes/
Actually I plan on staying put this time. Out The Bush will be a long term venture…
Long term for you is about a month
That’s an awfully long time…
Binky talked me into having subdomains of my main tonymcgurk.com site instead of separate domains so that means a change again but what it really means is permanency in one place for all my sites. It also saves me money as I’ll only have one domain to renew each year instead of 3. Links to comics are on my main site page
Just added them all to the RSS. Binky knows what Peter doesn’t I guess haha
The Boss knows more than his Secretary
I refuse to believe I have wasted another year following your cartoons. Apparently I don”t have anything better to do.
I mentioned you in my latest video, gave you a link on Youtube (in the about section), posted the video on my site, http://www.comics.wombania.com/2014/04/fan-art-video-5/ and gave you a link there, too! That should could for a few wine gums!
All good things that I love. But none of them have anything to do with what I stipulated above. haha.
So wine gums might be the only thing you get.
I hope I will get something, hey put that baseball bat down 🙁 lol
You’re the most kind hearted guy I know, well one of them and I
don’t know too many with such a high calibre as you Bearman so
well done and keep splashing out the cash 🙂
YOU’RE ONE IN A MILLION AND THAT’S COOL
Good luck with this, Bearman! 🙂
You are followed on google+. And I am now thinking of ways to work “bearman” into my strip! Amazing idea, bearman! 🙂
Anything’s possible in your strip, Chris!
Thanks Chris. I leave it wide open
Consider yourself a wheres waldo in next Mondays comic. I’ve already slid you in.
Awesome. Can’t wait to not see it. Get it? NOT see it? I could never find Waldo
I tweeted about it and included an image w/ bearman in it. … which, as i said will also appear in mondays comic. I have no idea how much that will cost you, but start adding it up Waldo! [grin]
You have a big heart, Bearman :O) I will tweet your worthy cause, my friend.
You are very generous. These things should be done in the month of May then. Ok I have a little to think this over.
Challenge accepted Mr. Bearman….. I actually jotted some ideas down after I did this last year. Look for something the week of 5/12 in Control Your Offspring.
It’s in my blog spot right now under my pretty little comic. 😉
This post knocked “Empty Bearman’s Pockets” off my front page that stayed for the entire year!
Best of luck with theses wonderful charities Bearman! 😀
Perfect thanks Bill…another $5 to the pot
We have our charities too but I’ve never thought about putting those on my blog. I remember you doing this last year and the year before. I guess I’ve been around for a while.
Have a fabulous day. 🙂
I hope to keep you around for a lot longer too. Thanks Sandee!
Thanks, Bearman, for once again including Brandon’s Foundation as a recipient in your Charity Challenge! It is most appreciated. One “correction” – head and neck cancers are not rare. In fact they comprise the 6th most common type of cancer and most are some variation of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). (These are different SCC than the ones that can cause skin cancer.) Unfortunately, there has been what one oncologist/researcher termed an “epidemic” of head and neck SCC in the young adult – 25-45 year old – age group. However, the variation Brandon had was indeed a more rare type.
Your help in making others aware of head and neck cancer is most appreciated. Your Cartoon Challenge has been b=posted on the foundation FB page at https://www.facebook.com/BrandonCGromadaHeadNeckCancerFoundation, and it will soon be posted on the foundation’s online blog.
Thanks again, Bearman!
Thanks Karen for the correction. I guess it was rare to me since I never even heard of it before Brandon.
I’m calling that another $5 donation for the FB page posting!!
Anything I can do….
Your donation levels get higher each year, Bearman! A great thing, a great cause!
Seems like there is always more to do Mark. Thanks
Great news! I think I know a way I can work Bearman in a future comic!
Would love that. Thanks Kim
Very awesome that you do this!
Thanks Jerry!! Appreciate all the support
I shared this on my FB page because I like what you’re doing!
Awesome…Thanks so much.
All right! You’ve been featured in today’s page of Sombulus! Your move, Bearman!
Perfectly placed. I should have my face on more billboards. Thanks for doing this. Another $10
Has another year passed? I can’t quite believe it, but it’s great to see you’re doing it again. You are incredible!
It has. Thanks for stopping by
I can’t believe it’s been a year already! Whew! Okay, let me get those blogging fingers ready and see what I can do…..
Blog? I figured I would get you to do a cartoon of me rumbling with takei. Haha
my shout out, linkback to this post has been posted.
BTW – I noticed and error in your post. The link to link back to is shown ok, but the underlying link is to your 2013 challenge.
Great catch. That’s what I get for copying and pasting from last year hahah. And thanks for the blog shout. Another $5
I’m not seeing my *tiny* write up of your challenge in your trackbacks… not that I need it to appear I’m just wondering if you knew. Here it is: http://8bitnerds.com/monthly-power-up-vol-2-issue-3/
I did not…thanks so much Dave
My Challenge comic will be posted tomorrow
Can’t wait to see it!!
I still love this idea! Keep it going Bearman.
Comic’s now posted good & kind generous Sir.
Did you get my RSS Feed working in your reader??? I put the Out The Bush one in my reader to test it & it worked fine.
Yes usually I don’t have to copy the feed, it will find it with the URL. For yours I had to use the feed!!
I just shared a drawing on my blog… surpriiiise.
It is wonderful…Love it.
Keep up the good work Bearman 🙂
Ah, my favourite time of the year.
I thought that was All Saints Day?
Here you go – http://the-cartoonist.blogspot.com/2014/05/bearman-charity-challenge-runs-through.html.
Nice idea, hope you have to donate a lot and get a lot of good publicity. 😉
Awesome. Thanks Rich! $5!!
I’m visiting from Wombania. 🙂 I circled you on G+ (Rosey).
Then to help you get the word out, I shared on Twitter and Facebook too. THIS is a fun project!! Good luck to you!!
Thanks so much Rosey. Appreciate the help and thanks to Peter for sending you over