More than a month after being struck by a car in a hit and run, Lobo co-creator Roger Slifer remains comatose and unable to breathe on his own. Police in Santa Monica, California, have not located a suspect.
The Hero Initiative reports Slifer was moved Friday from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to Barlow Respiratory Hospital, which specializes in respiratory problems. The hope is that he will be able to breathe on his own in three to six weeks, and be ready for rehabilitation in three to six months. According to his
cousin sister-in-law Emma Slifer, he couldn’t be transferred earlier to Barlow — it’s a long-term acute care hospital — because, “for the past couple weeks Roger’s brain was relentlessly plagued by seizures for which he required high doses of sedatives and anti-seizure meds.”
The 57-year-old Slifer was crossing the street in the early hours of June 23 when he was hit by an older white sedan, breaking his collar bone, shoulder and a number of ribs. He was placed in a medically induced coma, and a portion of his skull was removed to relieve pressure on his brain.
A member of the CPL Gang alongside such future creators as Roger Stern, Bob Layton, John Byrne, Tony Isabella and Steven Grant, Slifer began working for Marvel in the mid-1970s as a writer and assistant editor before moving to DC Comics in 1981 as its first sales manager for the direct market. He also wrote Omega Men, for which he created the alien mercenary Lobo with Keith Giffen. He later moved into animation, working for Sunbow Entertainment as a producer, story editor and writer on such series as Jem and the Holograms, Transformers and G.I. Joe Extreme. According to his friend Barry Dennis, Slifer was working on a new project before the hit and run.
Lobo co-creator Roger Slifer is in a medically induced coma following after being struck by a car early Saturday in Santa Monica, California, in a hit and run. The 57-year-old comics and animation writer is in critical condition in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
According to the Santa Monica Daily Press, Slifer was in a crosswalk at about 1 a.m. when he was hit by an older white sedan traveling at 10 to 15 miles per hour. The writer’s friend Barry Dennis, who was with him at a restaurant earlier that evening, said the impact broke Slifer’s collar bone and shoulder; a portion of his skull had to be removed to relieve pressure on the brain.
“He is heavily sedated in an induced coma but they lightened the sedation a little bit this afternoon,” Slifer’s cousin Emma Slifer wrote Monday night in a Facebook post. “He also has a broken shoulder, collar bone and an unknown number of ribs, all on the left side. A feeding tube has been installed with an Ensure type nourishment. His intercranial pressure is within the range that they want.” Veteran editor Jim Salicrup is providing updates on his own Facebook page.
A weekend blogpost by artist Tony Moore got my eyes reeling and my mind day-dreaming.. day-dreaming of Moore doing a Joker series. Check out what Moore posted Sunday:
Moore drew the image several years ago, but only recently dusted it off and colored it before unveiling it for the first time.
Moore’s currently hard at work on Marvel’s Venom series with Rick Remender, but just imagine for a second if DC gave Tony the reigns of Gotham’s big bad? Or even that great Lobo series he and Remender pitched years back.
Hello and welcome to another week of What Are You Reading?, where we talk about what comics and other stuff we’ve been reading lately. This week our special guest is Robin McConnell of Inkstuds fame, who will be guest blogging with us as well. Robin has a new book out that collects 30 of his interviews with folks like Jeff Lemire, Joe Sacco, Kate Beaton, Jaime Hernandez and many more; you can find more details on it over on his website.
To see what Robin and teh rest of the Robot 6 crew are reading, click below.
Last summer during the San Diego Comic Con, DC Comics announced a new six-issue anthology series called Weird Worlds, which would feature three different features. At the time, we found out that Aaron Lopresti was working on a new monster superhero called Garbageman. Then at the New York Comic Con earlier this month, Kevin Maguire said he was working on feature starring a new character named Tanga.
Rounding out the trio of features, according to DC’s January solicitations, is Lobo, written by Kevin Van Hook and drawn by Jerry Ordway. The cover, above, is one of the “iconic” ones that DC promised for January and features the first look at Maguire’s Tanga, I believe.
The last Czarnian also has his own DC Comics Presents collection in January, featuring him bounty-hunting Superman and teaming up with the Demon.
This weekend’s HeroesCon will feature an art auction, and artist Jim Rugg is showing off his submission — featuring everyone from Lobo and Hellboy to the friggin’ Road Warriors — on his blog.
On an unrelated note, why the hell do I not have this convention in my travel plans every year?