Over the weekend, writer Stephen Perry — best known for working on the Thundercats cartoon show in the ’80s, but also the author of many comics, including the Epic series (and possibly Avatar-influencing) TIMESPIRITS, shown above, was announced as missing, and given the grisly details surrounding the disappearance — a severed arm, a truck full of decomposing blood and two roommates with long criminal records who went on the lam and are now persons of interest — the worst is being feared.
Perry had been in ill health in recent months, diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, and went through a grim homeless period living in a car with his 5-year-old son, Leo. Thanks to help from the Hero Initiative, things had began to improve for him, with a roof over his head and increased professional commitments. However, tragically, even with this turn for the better, bad fortune seems to have dogged Perry.
Perry and his two roommates, 46-year-old James Davis and 49-year-old Roxanne Davis, went missing several days ago. The two Davises have been found and arrested on drug charges, and police say they are persons of interest in the Perry disappearance. Also found, Perry’s van, which had been reported to the police because of a foul smell coming from it. A severed arm was found nearby.
Perry’s recent troubles included an attempt at a restraining order against a woman, believed to be Leo’s birth mother, who now has custody of the child.
Perry had been in contact with a number of comics professionals recently; many of them write about him in the comments to this thread at Robot 6. Nat Gertler writes of working to acquire the rights to SALIMBA, Perry’s collaboration with Paul Chadwick, as he writes more on Perryhere.
Steve Bissette, a long time friend and colleague of Perry’s has much more here in the first part of a reminiscence on Perry.
Perry had recently had a video for the Hero Initiative, explaining how the organization had helped him get back on his feet, and several prominent comics professionals, including Gail Simone, are urging people to make a contribution to this very worthy organization, a suggestion we can only repeat with equal fervor. The person it helps may be you.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.