In what has to be considered an extremely sad piece of news, legendary artist George Perez confirmed via his Facebook page earlier this week that his eye problems have deteriorated to the point where he is effectively blind in his left eye and will require major surgery to correct the issue.
“I need to report that my eye troubles have taken a bit of a downturn as my left eye has experienced some hemorrhaging, pretty much blinding me in that eye. This has necessitated my wearing an eyepatch in order to see a bit more clearly through my right eye. My eye doctor is continuing a combination of laser and injection surgery, but there is a possibility that I may require scalpel surgery in the near future. I need to begin treatments that will better control my diabetes and blood pressure before he can do that, though. I had considered keeping this private, but realized that it would become pretty public once I appeared at the Project Comic Con show in St. Louis this weekend.”
“I’m not going to minimize the seriousness of my situation, but I am still drawing (albeit with a bit more effort ) and am trying to maintain a positive, upbeat attitude. My wife Carol (Phoenicia) is an enormous source of comfort, support and love and the friends and family members who’ve heard the news have been pillars of concern and well wishes. I appreciate all the strength they’ve provided me.”
After a long and wide-ranging career covering a who’s who of the comic industry, Perez has recently been drawing exclusively for BOOM! Studios as he felt that the “big two” were becoming far too ‘corporate driven’.
I hope you’ll join everyone here at BigComicPage.com in wishing George all the best and in hoping that his surgery and treatment go well.