Thursday, February 03, 2005

Sign your name across my heart

If you were touched by my recent post about comics creator William Messner-Loebs and his spate of hard times, you might consider signing this online petition encouraging the major comics publishers to slide some work Bill's way.

Frankly, I don't know that this sort of thing does much good. But it certainly can't do any harm. And the fact that someone has, at this writing, nearly a thousand people interested enough in his welfare to take a few minutes to affix their names to this document should count for something.

No one thinks comics publishers should be charities. On the other hand, in an industry notorious for treating its talent pool shabbily — especially the post-age-40 members of said pool — a little compassion would go a long way.

And no one thinks that anyone, including Bill Loebs, should get a free ride on the comic book gravy train. What's sad, though, is that talented people who still have enormous ability to create and contribute are cast aside merely because they aren't the flavor of the week. A guy with Bill's talent should have publishers vaulting over one another to acquire his services. So should artists like Geof Isherwood, Trevor Von Eeden, Mark Bright, Darryl Banks, Bob McLeod, Al Rio, and several dozen others I could name. If people like these were still creating comics, I'd still be buying them.

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