The creator of the CBS megahit "CSI" and its spinoffs was in Buffalo on Wednesday to donate 2,500 of his graphic novels for teens to libraries throughout the Buffalo Public Schools.
Anthony Zuiker and his wife, Michelle Territo, a Western New York native, have been promoting their new series of graphic novels designed to help kids cope with social issues, including divorce, bullying, racism and body image. Future titles will deal with such issues a suicide, anxiety and vaping.
The couple partnered with the nonprofit National Writing Project to raise money so the books can be distributed to schools for free. In Buffalo, the books were provided thanks to a $25,000 donation from Jodi Osinski, treasurer of Union Concrete and Construction Corp.
Zuiker made the announcement at City Hall with Mayor Byron W. Brown and Superintendent Kriner Cash.
"The graphic novel is the kind of medium that can reach all readers at all different levels," Jeremy Lyman, librarian at MST high school, said after previewing one of the books.