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RAB


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If you have a Facebook account, you should be able to view it by clicking the link here: https://www.facebook.com/TheGeorgePerez/

In case you don't have one and can't see the post in question (it's at the top of his Facebook page), here's the post in full that I've copied/pasted here.

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From George to his fans, friends and extended family, please read below. This page will serve as a place to connect with George as well as receive updates. Please, respect the privacy of George and his family at this difficult time and reach out ONLY through this avenue.

Thank you and please see below:

To all my fans, friends and extended family,

It’s rather hard to believe that it’s been almost three years since I formally announced my retirement from producing comics due to my failing vision and other infirmities brought on primarily by my diabetes. At the time I was flattered and humbled by the number of tributes and testimonials given me by my fans and peers. The kind words spoken on those occasions were so heartwarming that I used to quip that “the only thing missing from those events was me lying in a box.”

It was amusing at the time, I thought.

Now, not so much. On November 29th I received confirmation that, after undergoing surgery for a blockage in my liver, I have Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer. It is surgically inoperable and my estimated life expectancy is between 6 months to a year. I have been given the option of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, but after weighing all the variables and assessing just how much of my remaining days would be eaten up by doctor visits, treatments, hospital stays and dealing with the often stressful and frustrating bureaucracy of the medical system, I’ve opted to just let nature take its course and I will enjoy whatever time I have left as fully as possible with my beautiful wife of over 40 years, my family, friends and my fans.

Since I received my diagnosis and prognosis, those in my inner circle have given me so much love, support and help, both practical and emotional. They’ve given me peace.

There will be some business matters to take care of before I go. I am already arranging with my art agent to refund the money paid for sketches that I can no longer finish. And, since, despite only having one working eye, I can still sign my name, I hope to coordinate one last mass book signing to help make my passing a bit easier. I also hope that I will be able to make one last public appearance wherein I can be photographed with as many of my fans as possible, with the proviso that I get to hug each and every one of them. I just want to be able to say goodbye with smiles as well as tears.

I know that many of you will have questions to ask or comments to make, and rather than fueling the fires of speculation and well-meaning but potentially harmful miscommunication, I will be returning to the arena of social media by starting a new Facebook account where fans and friends can communicate with me or my designated rep directly for updates and clarification.

For media and press inquiries, please use the contact information on the page as well. Please respect the privacy of my wife and family at this time and use the Facebook page rather than reaching out through other channels.

I may not be able to respond as quickly as I would like since I will be endeavoring to get as much outside pleasure as I can in the time allotted me, but I will do my best. Kind words would also be greatly appreciated. More details to follow once it’s up and running.

Well, that’s it for now. This is not a message I enjoyed writing, especially during the Holiday Season, but, oddly enough, I’m feeling the Christmas spirit more now than I have in many years. Maybe it’s because it will likely be my last. Or maybe because I am enveloped in the loving arms of so many who love me as much as I love them. It’s quite uplifting to be told that you’ve led a good life, that you’ve brought joy to so many lives and that you’ll be leaving this world a better place because you were part of it. To paraphrase Lou Gehrig: “Some people may think I got a bad break, but today, I feel like the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”

Take care of yourselves—and thank you.
George Pérez
December 7th, 2021

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If you've ever wanted to communicate your thoughts to George about how much his art means to you, or tell him about a positive interaction you had with him that you treasure, now is the time to do so.




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Daveym 

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Absolutely devastating. I couldn't Finish reading that.

This man and his work have been there for me since the age of twelve. It shouldn't end like this, as publicly as this, and I can see how afraid but brave he is in writing this to us.

God Bless you George, you have my love.



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Superman's Pal

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Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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I don't know if the public nature of this is good or bad, that's his call of course. I don't know if you read far enough to see that he wants to organize a big public event, a send-off I suppose, where he can sign as many books and hug as many fans as possible. I don't know if that's more for the fans or for him, but it's what he wants. I'm sure he will get a standing ovation that will last a very long time. As he should.



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fuggernaut


Member Since: Sat Oct 23, 2021


Seriously, it's great that he's skipping the chemo and radiation to just go out on his own terms and hopefully derive some joy.


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Knight


Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008



From the moment I laid eyes on George's art is the moment I loved it. He is, by far, one of the best artists in the industry (retired or not). I don't know him, but I wish I did. He seems to have a heart of gold and is set in the right place based on my limited knowledge of the man.

It's a sad thing for anyone to go like this. But the bravery of how George chooses to go out leaves me admiring him even more. He's a hero in every sense of the word and I am glad that his fans will have one last opportunity to take a picture with him because they'll get a hug from a hero.

He will be missed. Greatly missed.





It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?
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