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Kazu Kibuishi has found success in comics by charting his own path, one that took him from creating the Eisner-winning Copper to editing the acclaimed Flight anthologies to finding a home for his Amulet graphic novels at mainstream publisher Scholastic.
His work led him to be selected to create covers for the 15th anniversary re-release if J.K. Rowlings’ Harry Potter books. Kibuishi approached this prized assignment with reverence and deep knowledge for what Rowling and original illustrator Mary GrandPré did before, but infused the artwork with his own style to make the new editions stand out. And he took what he learned from that project back to his own books.
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.