Legendary artist George Pérez formally announced that he would be retiring from comics with a letter to his fans on his Facebook page back in January.
“While I know it’s been no secret that I’ve been dealing with a myriad number of health issues (diabetes, heart ailments, vision issues, etc.), they have indeed have [sic] forced me to, for all intents and purposes, formally retire from the business of creating new comic stories. I’ve had a wonderfully good run doing exactly what I have wanted to do since I was a child. Now I can sit back and watch the stuff I helped create entertain whole new generations. That’s a pretty nice legacy to look back on… In closing, please don’t feel sorry for me about all these life and career changes. Thankfully I earn more than enough income through royalties to have a comfortable life wherein I may never need to work again. Unless, of course, something really tempting comes along and I’m given sufficient lead time. Hey, you never know.”
The artist, known for his phenomenal work for both Marvel and DC, also announced that he will no longer take on commissions and that this year will be his last for making multiple convention appearances (Pérez will, however, make annual appearances at DragonCon and FetishCon).
For fans in the Tri-State area, East Coast Comicon in Secaucus, NJ may be your last shot at meeting the prolific artist. The show runs from Friday May 17 through Sunday May 19, with Pérez set to appear all three days. He will also take part in a few panels with frequent collaborator Marv Wolfman and the Infinity Gauntlet creative team.
Deanna Destito is a writer and editor based in New Jersey. When she is not writing about comics or scripting her own stories, she’s watching the lowest budget horror movies available.