Artist Tommy Lee Edwards launched a GoFundMe campaign in honor of the late John Paul Leon’s wishes to support his daughter’s education.
A GoFundMe page has been set up in honor of the late John Paul Leon.
The GoFundMe was set up by Leon’s fellow artists Tommy Lee Edwards and Bernard Chang, with all proceeds going to support Leon’s family as well as fulfill one of his wishes. “JP’s wish was to have any funds from his art sales go into a trust for his 17-year-old daughter, and help fund her future education and interests in engineering,” Edwards wrote. “Proceeds from this GoFundMe page will help get this trust started while helping JP’s family transition through this difficult period.” At the time of writing, the GoFundMe page has exceeded its initial goal of $2,000, with fans and fellow creators offering memories and well wishes along with monetary support.
The GoFundMe page states Leon passed away on May 2 at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer. He had a prolific career in the comics industry, illustrating titles such as Batman: Creature of the Night for DC and Earth X for Marvel, along with RoboCop and RoboCop: Prime Suspect for Dark Horse Comics. One of Leon’s biggest claims to fame was co-creating Milestone Media’s flagship hero Static, as he illustrated the electromagnetically charged hero in Static and Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool. Multiple professionals in the comic industry, including Jim Lee and Tom King, eulogized Leon online after learning of his passing.
Leon is survived by his wife, daughter and older brother.
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