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Quote of the Day | George Perez on paying it forward

george perez“There was a time when I was 23 years old that I thought my career was over because I couldn’t move my hand. It turned out it was just a pinched nerve. But Archie Goodwin, the [Marvel] editor at the time, made sure that when I went to the doctor, I was covered for medical bills. I didn’t have health coverage then. I try to pay it forward. I do a lot of philanthropic and charity work. Some of my greatest awards, greatest rewards, have not been for comic work, but for charity work. Like art — thank you’s for money raised — from children in the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Photos from their wishes coming true. They’ll laminate it into a plaque that I can hang on the wall. I cherish those. I was actually the subject of a wish once, a child wanted to meet me. Me, out of all the things he could have wished for. Good gosh, that is something that I will never forget.”

– veteran artist and writer George Perez, recalling the nicest thing anyone has ever done for him

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George Perez and Archie Goodwin. Two great talents who also happen to be great men (or sadly, were great men, in Mr. Goodwin’s case).

Every opportunity I had to meet Mr Perez on any conventions he’s been nothing but a class act,very friendly and overall a really cool guy. I always see news of him raising money for this or that charity and its good to see that from one of the industry’s great artists. Love his work since I was a little kid so Im a big fan..

George Perez really seems to be a class act. That he is having health issues at the moment, and that his eyesight is degenerating just seems so unfair on the man. I hope he is lucky enough to pull through.

I already knew that Archie Goodwin was a great man, but it’s always nice to hear it again.

Archie Goodwin, Paul Levitz, George Perez, Joe Kubert, just a few of the old vets who treated people right. Here’s hoping the new leadership in comics lives by their examples.

Thankfully, there are some very decent folks out there currently working in the industry. Just off the top of my head, there’s Gail Simone, Scott Snyder, Matt Fraction, Jason Aaron, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker. All good people who do strong work, too.

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