A few years ago, cartoonist/writer William Messner Loebs (Journey) and his wife Nadine were destitute, and the comics industry rallied around them. Michigan Live has a nice story about how Loebs has turned things around:
In August 2005, Messner-Loebs wrote a fill-in story for DC’s “Green Arrow” – his first published work in five years. Since then, he has found work on a somewhat steady basis. He has contributed stories to “Zombie Tales” for Boom! Studios and illustrated the humor spoof “Chicken Wings for the Beer Drinker’s Soul,” for Novi-based Com Publishing. Com also will be publishing a biblical coloring book he’s illustrating. The monthly cartoon he illustrates for the Livingston Parent Journal is being turned into a line of greeting cards and a calendar.
Finding work again, as well as proceeds from benefit books done on his behalf, enabled Messner-Loebs to purchase a mobile home in Green Oak Township in 2006, where he and his wife now live.
…”So many people have invested in me getting back on my feet; it’d be a betrayal of them if I didn’t keep going.”