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Roommate, friend paint a grim picture of Stephen Perry’s last months

Timespirits #9

Timespirits #9

Police have released few details of the investigation into the possible murder of ThunderCats writer Stephen Perry, who disappeared from his home in Zephyrhills, Florida, at least nine days ago.

However, in an interview with the St. Petersburg Times, Perry’s roommate James Davis, considered a “person of interest” in the case, recounts details of what may have been the writer’s final months.

Perry, who suffered from bladder cancer, had been jobless, without health care and, for a time, forced to live in his van with his 5-year-old son Leo. Over the past eight months, the writer’s plight was brought to the attention of the comics industry by the likes of artist and longtime friend Steve Bissette and the Hero Initiative, a charity that helped him to line up work and pay rent, utilities and medical bills.

But on Sunday police discovered Perry’s van abandoned at a Tampa motel with a severed arm nearby. More remains were found in a dumpster at a gas station two miles from his ransacked home. On Friday police arrested James Davis and his wife Roxanne Davis, who shared the house with Perry, on unrelated charges.

In the interview, James Davis contends Perry had a crippling addiction to oxycodone, which he was prescribed for cancer pain. But he also questions whether the Timespirits creator was actually ill, and accuses him of hatching eBay scams to support his drug habit. However, Bissette assures the newspaper that Perry underwent surgery to have a cancerous tumor removed in March 2009, and quit painkillers “cold turkey” that summer.

Davis also claims he received a text message from Perry on May 14, two days before police discovered the van, thanking him for watching the house and saying “he was going somewhere.”

Related:
• Bissette continues his remembrance of Perry.
• David Allen Jones writes about his interactions with Perry.
Mark Evanier and Colleen Doran consider Perry’s financial plight, and “the roller-coaster-ride lives of those who freelance.”

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8 Comments

Anyone else notice the Navi girl on that cover of Time Spirits?

DetectiveDupin

May 25, 2010 at 10:41 am

He had a son? That’s just horrible. Life seemed to be really harsh on the guy. I hope he gets justice.

Thanks for covering this story. I would suggest you get in touch with Steve Bissette and get a more credible character witness then a criminal who potentially may have killed Stephen Perry. Stephen Perry battle with cancer and the medications he was on are typical for dealing with the chronic pain he was facing. His legacy of someone struggling with the life of being a cartoonist (very typical) is somehow being turned into something else. This is a tragedy beyond belief. He and his son deserve some dignity.

For more information you can read my blog on it. Or even better just click on the link below this article that says “Bissette continues his remembrance of Perry.”

And yes there is a belief that Time Spirit influenced Avatar.

I’m sorry you decided to quote that criminal here. If anyone wants to know how much support is behind Steve Perry right now by people who actually knew him or were in contact with him, read Steve Bissette’s blog comments or the comments in the quoted article above. James Davis is a homicidal drug addict, a person of interest in Perry’s murder and not a single word coming out of his mouth should be quoted as truth in any way. Steve trusted his roommates, gave them a place to stay in order to help him pay his bills, and for them to slander him from behind bars seems to be an attempt to shift blame to the victim. Skeptics should also read the content of Perry’s letter here: http://comicon.com/pulse/index.php/2010/05/25/perry-got-injunction-against-leos-mom/

That should be “get a more credible character witness THAN a criminal… etc. etc.”
Not “then.”
Goddammit.

(Big net peeve.)

Was the concept for ‘avatar’ stolen from this poor man? I’m asking because the ‘time spirits’ cover looks very familiar!

I think Cameron was developing Avatar long before Time Spirits, but it is reasonable to think there is a strong influence on the film.

And Jack, my apologies, but my learning disabilities trumps your peeve…I can never remember that rule.

Go Meredith.

DISGUSTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm

James Davis is a LAZY drug addict, theif, murderer and soooooooooooo much more. He totally disgust me and I sure hope the Detectives crossed all their T’s and dotted all ther I’s because It would definetly be a crime in itself if by some chance Jimmy aka James gets away with this terrible murder. He has always thought he was smarter than the law. I also think his scummy drug addict wife, Roxanne was involved, maybe not necc. the murder or dismemberment but in the clean and cover up. I didn’t know Steve Perry but from what I have hard from those who did he was a very nice man. I think Jimmy went to Steve for a place to stay right after Christmas because he needed to get out of the Valley bcause he had robbed that guy, I forget his name and Steve wasn’t aware of the reason for Jimmy and Roxanne wanting to move in with him unfortunatley or maybe he would still be alive. Roxanne sure knew about the armed robbery of the cash, thats how they bought there drugs and Christmas for there grandkids.Well i had to vent, this case has me soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooDISGUSTED.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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