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EDIT 10/12/12: Kevin has issued a statement of thanks for the Paypal flood which you can find here

Now let's work on a long term solution, as Kevin needs a steady job (his previous job was journalist).
Here's his linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kevin-lillard/26/85b/5bb
So if you have any connections in Indianapolis or nearby, send them his way!
You can find him on https://www.facebook.com/kevin.lillard

Kevin Lillard, the man behind "A Fan's View," is unemployed and has been homeless for the past month and needs your help! If you'd like to support Kevin Lillard in his time of need, feel free to donate any amount to his paypal account. If you find that hard to believe, then read this link

Donations given through the button below will go DIRECTLY to Kevin Lillard's paypal. We have posted it up here so there is an easy place for people to contribute. (and we didn't want to spam out his E-mail all over)

If you need further reason, please browse the photos located at our mirror of A Fan’s View here:
Thank him for the years of photo coverage that he took from 1999-2009!

Be sure to spread the word!


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Oct. 11th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
GoFundMe crowd sourcing
I would seriously suggest Kevin or someone close to him sets up an account with GoFundMe, a crowd-sourcing website much like Kickstarter but which is not as restrictive. http://www.gofundme.com/
Oct. 12th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
....frell.. I can't read that post as Facebook hates me...
can someone like... copy/paste or is it too personal to just throw around the web?
Oct. 12th, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)
copy/pasted from the link above

Kevin Lillard
12:04pm (10 hours ago) near Indianapolis, IN ·

When you live in your car in an abandoned parking lot along a major interstate highway, you see interesting traffic from time to time. Around 8 a.m., eastbound sirens announced the approach of police traffic,led by a plain white box van with a large door on the left side, followed closely by an armed personnel carrier. It took a moment before I recognized the two vehicles, which I had seen on the streets during my now-ended career a s a reporter for the Indianapolis Star. I saw those same two vehicles downtown a couple of years ago when covering a so-called bomb threat involving a man who had left a backpack next to what was then the police department's downtown district headquarters. The white box van carries the police department's tactical robot so the small convoy must have been headed to a SWAT call out.

I'm in he same position of life as the street person whose backpack led to that fuss of years ago. Out of work and out of money, I've been living in my car for the last month, spending days at a nearby library, sending out mostly ignored online job applications. Already there's no money to buy food and the last things to eat were some peanuts from a vending machine at the Anderson newspaper where I had my last job interview. I spent my last change to make a 50-cent call at a pay phone hoping to speak to a recruiter and reached only voice mail. The car where I've been living started running out of fuel on the way to the library and I barely got there. With no money there will be no fuel and no way to go from place to place. Even if there is another job offer there will be no way to get there,with no money and no fuel. Unless there's some sort of miracle,this is the end of any hopes I had. All of the prayers have been answered with messages of failure. This is where we have learned what God really wants.

Edited at 2012-10-12 02:48 am (UTC)
Oct. 12th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
thank you!
Oct. 12th, 2012 05:55 am (UTC)
I'm so happy to see the cosplay community teaming together to help Kevin out. I didn't realize it until a few minutes ago, but I did meet him once at my very first anime convention in 2004. I remember him now. I knew he looked familiar.
I made a big donation, so I really hope it helps. There's so much we can all do to help. Thank you for the donations page. I've been passing it along as much as I can.
The cosplay community really is one big family when it comes to helping one of our own.
Oct. 12th, 2012 01:16 pm (UTC)
<3 for Kevin
Of course I'll send what I can spare, he is a wonderful and kind person! :)
Oct. 12th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
I hope he'll be alright. :( I'm very grateful to all the photos he ever took at cons. I always went straight to his website after a con, eagerly awaiting photos. I donated what I could spare, and shared on my facebook. Hang in there, Kevin!
Oct. 12th, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
I could only make the smallest donation ever, but I hope it helps a little <3 I love Kevin so much, I remember buying a paperback "Fans View" cosplay book at Otakon in 2004. When I get paid, I'll send more.
Oct. 12th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
Awww what a shame to hear about how life got rough for such a nice guy. A Fan's View was always my favorite cosplay website and I never felt like I'd had the full con experience unless I could get him to snap a picture of all of my costumes. It was nice stopping to chat with him as well since he was always happy to talk, and very good at remembering faces!
Oct. 12th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
Glad he made his goal and he can get back on his feet. <3
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