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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Metropolis Comics fundraises for fellow comic book lover

Metropolis Comics owner, John Berry, displays art work from My Little Pony drawn by Tony Fleecs. Fleecs is a main artist of the My Little Pony series. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

While comic book store owner John Berry walked into his store early in the morning, to surf the internet before the rush of buyers stormed in, he came across an article concerning a fellow “Brony,” a male My Little Pony.

The article told the story of an 11 year old North Carolina native, Michael Morones, who was a fan of the comic book, “My Little Pony.”

Morones was heavily bullied to the point of suicide for being a fan of “My Little Pony.”

Although the boy’s parents saved him from suicide, the story moved Berry and he raised awareness in his store by setting up a fundraiser which all proceeds went to the Michael Morones Foundation.

“We decided to do something about it,” Berry said. “Even though he’s a boy that lives in North Carolina, it still really affected me.”

Berry’s store, Metropolis Comics, has hosted parties before in which the theme was “My Little Pony” and countless Brony’s attended, according to Berry.

“I got a hold of seven artists,” Berry said. “I said ‘hey can you guys come to this event?'”

The event was organized within three weeks.

The artists that appeared were: Todd Nauck, Bill Morrison, Brian Buccellato, Drew Johnson, Tone Rodriguez, Brett Nance and the “My Little Pony” artist, Tony Fleecs.

Artists and guests competed in ‘sketch-a-thon’, a game in which guests would pay the artists for a specific drawing and the money for that event would all go to the Morones cause.

“My Little Pony” illustrator, Tony Fleecs, was struck by the news that a young boy was heavily bullied for liking his artwork.

“Getting picked on for something you really like is not cool,” Fleecs said.

Workers of the store were very pleased with the support and were a little overwhelmed but were able to interact with the people in the store.

Sunny Falcon, clerk at Metropolis Comics, was happy to see the great turnout to the event.

“It’s usually my day off,” Falcon said. “Because it’s such a big event, we are all volunteering here.”

Money will not be counted until later, prices for the fundraising sketch-a-thon range from $5 to $20.


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Sebastian Echeverry
Sebastian Echeverry, Editor in Chief
Hello all, my name is Sebastian Echeverry and I am the Editor-in-Chief for the fall 2015 semester. I have been working for the newspaper for four semesters now and slowly climbed the ranks from staff writer, to assistant sports editor, to sports editor, news/managing editor and finally the big cheese. My interest in journalism began when the twin towers fell on September 11 and the U.S. invaded Iraq. Global news coverage of airstrikes in Baghdad plagued the media and my father who served in the Colombian military would sit with me and explain what was going on to me. I was only eight years old at the time, so putting politics aside, I was only interested in how reporters on the front lines were seeing history unfold in front of them. Since then, I enjoyed reading and writing especially about global news. My first taste of research was for a high school paper about the militias still active in the U.S. I remember sipping some brew outside on the Coffee Bean's patio and being swallowed up by data, and liking it. I Currently have a part time job at Calvin Klein, my favorite sport is soccer and I love, Barcelona, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund. I also enjoy watching hockey and my favorite team there is the Detroit Red Wings, yeah weird I know. I'm an easy person to approach and talk to and if you have story ideas let's get cracking on them! my email is: [email protected] My Twitter is: C_bass581141 My Instagram is: onlyc_bass5 and for giggles my snapchat is: onlyc_bass5
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