YouTuber Diversity & Comics aka Richard Meyer aka Ya Boi Zack fulfilled his promise to donate the proceeds of his latest IndieGoGo for Iron Sights to charity.

First Diversity & Comics donated $10,000 to the Trevor Project. He then followed that up with a $4,000 donation to The Hero Initiative.

He confirmed his donations via Twitter where he showed his receipts.

A number of people praised Diversity & Comics’ charitable works.

However, there was at least one detractor who hinted that Diversity & Comics had been played by Marvel’s Joe Quesada.

Cosplayer Renfamous, who most recently had been targeting Grand Rapids Comic-Con to “warn” them about artist Mike S. Miller, would insinuate that Joe Quesada manipulated Meyer into donating to The Hero Initiative based off a Tweet that Quesada would also be raising funds for the charity.

She would double down on this theory saying Quesada has “magical powers” while also suggesting another charity that could use some donations.

Tony’s Place describes itself as “a drop-in center focusing on LGBT+ youth up to 25 years of age who are unstably housed, couch surfing or experiencing homelessness.”

Howeer, it appears Renfamous’ timeline is missing a few pieces.

A week ago Meyer confirmed he would not only be donating $10,000 of his Iron Sights proceeds to charity, but any overage as well.

He would confirm that multiple times.

Meyer would then reach out to his followers asking them which charity he should donate the rest of the proceeds to.

A number of them recommended The Hero Initiative.

For those unfamiliar with The Hero Initiative, the charity “creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.”

They’ve helped out Gene Colan, Josh Medors, Ralphe Reese, Steve Gerber, Russ Heath, Tom Ziuko, Chris Wozniak, Chris Ivy, and more.

One user even recommended asking Joe Quesada, Gail Simone, and Mags Visaggio for advice and to see if they would match Meyer’s donation.

While it doesn’t appear they’ve taken up the challenge, Joe Quesada is also a supporter of The Hero Initiative and it looks like he will be raising money for the organization at New York Comic Con.

It’s not the first time Quesada has worked with The Hero Initiative. Back in 2010 and 2011, he put together a number of sketches that were auctioned off to raise funds for the charity.

There doesn’t appear to be any kind of manipulation by Quesada as Renfamous suggests. As a matter of fact, it looks like two comic book creators both doing good work and promoting a charity that has helped out a number of other comic book creators when they’ve fallen on hard times. This should be a cause to celebrate, not to create division. Kudos to both Richard Meyer and Joe Quesada for supporting The Hero Initiative.

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