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Kazu Kibuishi recuperating after hospitalization for bacterial meningitis

Daisy Kutter: The Last Train

Daisy Kutter and Copper creator Kazu Kibuishi is recuperating after being hospitalized in late June with bacterial meningitis.

The news comes in a post by his lead production assistant Jason Caffoe explaining the lack of updates in recent weeks to the Kickstarter page for the Daisy Kutter reprint project. (The campaign was wildly successful, exceeding its $2,000 goal by nearly $50,000.)

“On June 28th Kazu was admitted to the hospital with a case of bacterial meningitis,” Caffoe wrote Tuesday. “After 5 days in the ICU and nearly two weeks of recovery, he’s home and resting.  He’s been completely cured of the disease and he’s slowly getting back to being the same old Kazu, but for the time being he’s taking it easy.”

Bacterial meningitis is a rare but serious infection of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. It can be life-threatening if not treated right away, so it’s certainly good to hear that Kibuishi is on the road to recovery (he even posted in the comments thread to Caffoe’s update).

Caffoe has been busy while Kibuishi is out of commission, however, working on the new edition of Daisy Kutter: The Last Train. On the Kickstarter page, he’s posted two panels to show how he’s cleaned up the art for the new printing.

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Oh no, this was just a couple of days after I talked to him at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim! I hope he didn’t catch it from one of us librarians! Best wishes and hopes of a speedy recovery to Kazu, and I can’t wait for that Daisy Kutter reissue to hit!!

I hope that Kazu continues to recover at a fast pace. Having meningitis certainly isn’t fun. I had it myself when I was a kid. I’ve enjoyed the Amulet books, Daisy Kutter and Copper and hope to enjoy many more of his books in the future.

I can personally attest to the fact that bacterial menengitas is nasty having had it myself over 20 years ago. I nearly died and it took me months to recover, so my best to Kazu and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

To this day some of my family insists that the resulting brain damage is the reason I stayed with comics so long.

Dan Vado

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