Peter Laird is a man I have long admired. Not just for his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles affiliation. He used part of the money to start the Xeric Foundation, which provided grants to self-publishers looking to create comic books. $5,000 is a lot of money when you are trying to break into the walled garden that is modern comics.
Well, that's over. Laird has written that, because of the creation of online publishing and digital media, there is no longer a need for the Xeric Foundation and they will be focusing on charity contributions.
What a shame. Still, he gave a LOT of people their big breaks. Thank you, Laird, for giving back to us.