Gene Colan: ‘I can’t wait to get back to earning money and getting to work’
Daniel Best gets an update on the health of legendary artist Gene Colan from the man himself, who’s in a rehabilitation center after breaking his shoulder in a fall.
“I lost my balance and down I went, on my back,” the 83-year-old artist said. “It could have been worse, but the doctor told me that it was fortunate that they don’t have to operate and put in a ball joint. It turns out that the hairline fracture will heal, I just have to be patient. That was all they had to say, and he was right because I can do a lot more with that hand now, I can even draw a little bit, just a little, and I’m getting my handwriting back which I couldn’t do before. So I’m doing a few things that I never did before I came here. It’s coming back, slow but sure.”
News circulated last month that Colan had been injured, and that some of his artwork was missing, leading some to incorrectly report that he had been mugged. In the brief Q&A, the artist explains the situation with the art — “they are listed as perhaps stolen” — discusses his recovery, and reacts to the outpouring of support from fans.
“I can’t wait to get back to earning money and getting to work,” he told Best. “I just want to start making a living again. I should be thinking more of retirement, I suppose, but I don’t even think about retiring. I need to draw, I love it, so why should I give it up?”