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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Biggest Webcomic Loser

Posted by Nathaniel at 9:42 PM
ComicsYou know, for all its petty squabbles and drama and in-fighting, the webcomics community sure does know how to come together for great causes. A few months ago, Blank Label organized the Webcomics Telethon for Hurricane Relief, and now we have Shed Fat for UNICEF (not the official name).

Actually, it's the webcomic version of NBC's the Biggest Loser, where teams of "hefty" people battle it out to see who can lose the most weight in the shortest span of time. Winner gets a huge chunk of change.

However, in this case, these noble participants aren't gaining anything from this competition. They're losing. Pounds, hopefully. The idea here is that you go and support your favorite webcomic cartoonist and submit a per-pound donation pledge. However many pounds your cartoonist ends up losing, that's what you end up giving. And the money goes directly to the United Nations Children Fund.

Chris Crosby is in there. Crosby has been very vocal about his weight problem, and the health problems that have come along with the extra baggage. He's publicly acknowledged that he is a whopping 525 pounds at the moment, with a desire to cut off 350 of that excess poundage. His current pledge level is at $4 per pound, meaning if he is successful at attaining his goal, UNICEF stands to gain $1400 from his contribution alone.

And it looks like we're also being treated to special comics from the participating cartoonists, accompanied by manifesto's of their participation; why they're doing it, and what they hope to gain (I mean, lose).

A noble effort, and one that must not go unnoticed. We'll check in with the group from time to time to see where things stand.

Let it be known that as I'm writing this, I'm eating cookies. Should I be ashamed? Of course not. After all, I'm not in the competition...

1/26/2006 10:31 AM: Anonymous Abby said...

I thought about joining, but I'm naturally a bit squeaky about revealing my weight to the entire internet. Not to mention being accountable to them... But I hope the people participating the best, and I will probably be donating. :)

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1/26/2006 1:13 PM: Blogger Nathaniel said...

I'm really hoping that Crosby is able to shed some of his weight. He's concerned about his health, and if he can lose even 100 or 200 lbs, he'll be so much better off than he is now.

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1/26/2006 9:56 PM: Anonymous Abby said...

That would, indeed, be great. :)

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2/07/2006 10:18 AM: Anonymous Philippe Gaboury said...

Thanks for the plug and encouragement!

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