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George Pérez confirms another delay for Teen Titans: Games

Teen Titans: Games

George Pérez confirmed the decades-in-the-making Teen Titans: Games graphic novel has been delayed again, because of his recent medical procedures and scheduling conflicts.

The highly anticipated book, conceived in the mid-1980s with New Teen Titans writer Marv Wolfman, has been announced and postponed numerous times over the past 25 years. The 120-page graphic novel had been scheduled this time for a Nov. 3 release; Amazon.com lists Jan. 11, 2011, as the new date.

“The fault is entirely mine,” Pérez explained on his Facebook fan page. “I’m afraid that a confluence of events, including my worsening eyesight which prompted the ongoing surgical procedures that I’ve already covered here and the bad timing of committing to Legacies before I knew that Games‘ deadlines had been compromised. … With Legacies being an ongoing series, as opposed to Games being a one-shot, it was determined that the monthly series had to be prioritized since my involvement with that series had already been publicized.”

Set in the ’80s, Games features a classic Titans lineup — Nightwing, Troia, Cyborg, Changeling, Starfire, Raven, Jericho and Danny Chase — pitted against a mysterious villain playing a deadly game.

Pérez, who apologized to fans and to Wolfman for the additional delay, wrote: “I have about 25 pages left to draw and I’m hoping that, when the book is finally re-solicited (and it will be!) that it will be at least a tiny bit worth the long wait.”

Read Pérez’s full statement after the break:

As many of you have already learned, The TEEN TTANS: GAMES graphic novel has been taken off the November release schedule and will be re-solicited. The fault is entirely mine. I’m afraid that a confluence of events, including my worsening e…yesight which prompted the ongoing surgical procedures that I’ve already covered here and the bad timing of committing to LEGACIES before I knew that GAMES’ deadlines had been compromised.

With LEGACIES being an ongoing series, as opposed to GAMES being a one-shot, it was determined that the monthly series had to be prioritized since my involvement with that series had already been publicized.

Due to some attendant light sensitivity issues, my ability to stare at a white sheet lit by studio lamps was definitely getting a bit difficult, which is one of the reasons I switched to inking Jerry Ordway for Issue 6. Oddly enough, looking at pages already grayed by pencils was easier on my orbs than starting with a clean white page.

In all likelihood, I will still have several surgeries to get through and, according to my doctor, the prognosis is good. I will be returning to GAMES after I finish LEGACIES and will progress as best as I can in between surgical procedures. After I finish that long, long, long delayed book, I will request to be used primarily as an inker for the following year (with the exception of some covers or pin-ups here and there) until my eyesight is normal (or at least stabilized). After that, I intend to kick some serious comic art butt!
I sincerely apologize to all of you who are now disappointed, yet again with the continuous delays on this decades-old project. I particularly want to apologize to my friend and TITANS cohort Marv Wolfman who’s shown the patience of a saint throughout all this, even during times when I was too overwhelmed to return his calls.

I have about 25 pages left to draw and I’m hoping that, when the book is finally re-solicited (and it will be!) that it will be at least a tiny bit worth the long wait.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

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Man, poor Perez – the fans are definitely stoked about this, but I get the feeling that the person finishing this matters most to is him. Can you imagine having a project you really care about on hold for 25 years?

Anyhow, definitely excited to see the finished product when it comes out, whenever that is. Perez is always worth it. Here’s hoping for a quick recovery!

He shouldn’t have to apologize to us if it involves health issues! True, this book has been on hold for twenty-five years, but we shouldn’t hold it against him if there’s something wrong with his eyesight. The most important thing he can do now is finish Games when his eyes have stabilized.

If Games is really important to him, then no one should have to push him to finish it until his eyes are better.

Amen. Secure the health of the eyesight first. The rest will fall into place well enough once that’s done.

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I agree with Jude, health comes first. Then fans.
True fans will wait a lifetime for great artists like Perez.

I’ve got my Titans series from the Wolfman/Perez era to keep me happy ’til the GAMES comes out.
;-)

A man who gave me (and, I believe, lots of other people) 20-plus years of amazing comics can delay whatever he wants as long as he recovers well.

Get better, George! You can get through this.

George been pretty up front about his eye issue on his Facebook page, I pretty much expected this, and I’m not bothered by it. George is a class act and a great artist. Nuff said.

Wishing you the best with your surgery and recovery George!

Classy as always, George. Hope everything works out for the best!

My thanks to George for the update and my heathen prayers that his eyesight improves through these procedures….

Like Tom Fitz… I can see my NTT trades from where I am sitting and I think it time for me to read the 2nd Trigon arc again….

To G. Perez,

Your health is always above your work; I wish you the best as a fan of your work for almost 30 years. May the LORD shine upon you to keep you healthy so that you can continue to gift us with the passion embodied in your professional work.

given how cursed games has been. figured when dc announced they were going to print something would delay it. though given how long its taken games can wait a little while longer to become a reality for George priorty is keeping his eyesight so he can continue to tell the stories that have made him such a legend.after all it took twenty years for George to get Jla vs avengers to see print. Games can wait some more .

To Mr Perez: Don’t worry about it, man, we have been patient this long, and we will continue to be patient. Take care of your eyesight, George, your health is far more important!

Joe of Earth-14

August 30, 2010 at 7:15 am

I refuse to accept this apology only because there’s no need for it.

We got your back man! Classy as it was, you don’t owe us an apology. If you want to “owe” us, your fans something, then let’s just say you owe it to us to take care of yourself and prioritize your health. We want nothing more than a healthy George Perez up and about.

As excited as I am about GAMES, it’s only a book. We can wait for it. We’ll wait however long it takes to get two the best eyes in the industry back to normal. I’m only echoing what every one of your fans here have stressed. Your health comes first.

Hope everything goes well for you.

Get better Perez! Take it slow, we can wait for the GN as long as possible.

It’s nice to see so many understanding comments here.
I wish it was the sort of thing that doesn’t come as a surprise–seeing so much snark and fan-BS on forums and boards all over can be a depressing experience.

I am certain this book will be worth the wait for everyone.

George, take care of yourself first. What’s a few more months? All of your projects are well worth the wait.

Get well soon George. It sucks that the book is delayed but I think most of us understand, and want to see you in good health.

I waited twenty five years for this book, i can wait a few more months for it.
Best of health, George. You’re #1 in my book.

It’s nice to read and hear Perez sounding so hyped and optimistic about the work he’ll turn out once he’s completely recovered. After his many years in comics–and massive accomplishments–one might expect him to be less enthusiastic. Go George!

Get well George and don’t worry, we can wait. It’s not like there’s any other way to get good Titans material these days.

I will wait as long as it takes for this book and when it comes out, will be there with my wallet open and ready.
Get better soon George, we love ya!

I will never forget reading the first issue of the New Teen Titans and just being blown away. I had liked the preview in DC Presents, but the actual series was more than I could ever have imagined. I have always thought it was the perfect mixture of author and artist; the only other pairing that’s even come close would be Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely.

If I had to wait twenty-five more years to finally read “Games”, I would be waiting patiently, my money ready to dive back into that world.

Is there any way DC would consider publishing a fifth volume of the New Teen Titans archive edition? I don’t understand why they decided to stop at four.

Mr. Perez, I have always been amazed by your artwork (although I will always consider the New Teen Titans your masterpiece), and I wish you nothing but love and peace and healing. As so many others have said, I’ve waited this long, I have no problem waiting longer, and your health and eyesight will always be more important than a deadline.

I would, however, like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me so many, many wonderful memories.

Your health comes first brother. We all appreciate & respect you for being so upfront, but we all want to you to get well first and formost.

We all have no problem waiting a bit longer. Also, knowing you, you’ll probably be working on a page in the hospital :)

Rest and heal first, George, we’re willing to wait….and thank you for your willingness to share such personal information. It says a lot about your dedication to the medium and to the fans–and makes it easy to see why the feeling is mutual among many of us.

I’m conflicted–on the one hand, it’s a Teen Titans comic we’ve been hearing about for 25 years, by Wolfman and Perez.

On the other hand, I think I see Terry Long on that cover.

Tough call.

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