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February 14, 2013

By Request Extra: William Messner-Loebs Makes A Financial-Related Facebook Plea

imageApparently the writer and cartoonist William Messner-Loebs has made a plea via his Facebook account for support via the purchase of various comics-related items and/or the settling of past debt where some exists. It looks like there are issues with the home he shared with wife Nadine and some health issues for her. The statement, snagged for CR by Brad Mackay:
"Hey, everyone! I seem only to get on with bad news. This has been a 'Challenging' month. My wife, Nadine, will need heart surgery within the next year and some expensive treatments before that. Possibly eye surgery as well. After the carbon monoxide leak we've discovered some roof problems and serious flooring issues. And our stored furniture will probable be sold in a couple of weeks. So... this would be an excellent time for anyone who wants original artwork, pages drawn to order, Journey pages or anything else to get in touch! Also anyone out there who feels they may have screwed me or stolen from me in the past (a very small subset, but still...) this is an excellent time to get your conscience completely cleared at a steep discount. 25 cents on the dollar. These prices will not last!

And those who have Nadine's phone number, this would be a great time to call her. She's a pretty depressed girl these days. Thanks."
A similar Messner-Loebs situation that came to light I think more than a decade ago now made the rounds on what was then a message-board driven on-line comics community. As I recall, that also had a health-issues aspect, but was maybe housing related -- although there's a housing element to this one, too. While the writer has been assisted in the years since in being able to pitch to companies and some of his work has been reprinted in trade volumes, it's no surprise if you know the economics of comics that this isn't really enough to sustain a household for several years, particularly one with outside financial pressures.

I suspect we're going to see a lot of similar pleas over the next 10-15 years; what can be done about them in the broadest sense is something that should occupy the thinking of industry members and interested patrons as much as any desire to see that comics get over with a bigger audience. (And, of course, the two can be related.)

William Messner-Loebs turns 64 early next week.
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