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CalHab

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Bill Messner-Loebs
« on: 28 March, 2018, 10:36:35 pm »
I saw this thoroughly heartbreaking story on Twitter. I’m sure many of us will have enjoyed his work on The Maxx and The Flash, and other books:

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/one-armed-comic-book-artist-worked-on-wonder-woman-now-homeless-in-michigan

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Re: Bill Messner-Loebs
« Reply #1 on: 28 March, 2018, 11:15:11 pm »
He doesn't even have the time to draw commissions because he's working two jobs just to be able to afford rent on the trailer he and his disabled wife can't actually live inside, and yet we still hold up Jack Kirby or Alan Moore as the example of a bad deal from the comics industry.

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Re: Bill Messner-Loebs
« Reply #2 on: 29 March, 2018, 02:40:13 am »
Thanks for posting, CalHab. For me, he's the Maxx guy but equally the Wonder Woman guy when Bolland made it a comic not to be missed. An excellent writer, and sobering story.

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Re: Bill Messner-Loebs
« Reply #3 on: 29 March, 2018, 01:26:03 pm »
Bit obscure, but is that the guy who did a back page for one of the A1 comics in the late 1980s/early 1990s?

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Re: Bill Messner-Loebs
« Reply #4 on: 29 March, 2018, 08:45:24 pm »
Messner-Loebs is one of my favourite writers from the 90s. Alongside scripting the brilliant Maxx, which I read with absolute delight in the recent reprint series, he also did what's probably my favourite Wonder Woman run, behind those glorious Brian Bolland covers.

Ahead of all that however he wrote one of my all time favourite mainstream runs of all time. I'm a massive fan of almost the entire Wally West Flash series starting with Mike Baron's great short opening run and famous for two classic and much lauded runs by Mark Waid, a really good run and Geoff Johns good run - well its easily the best thing he's written BUT amongst all that my favourite run in this my favourite comic series from the big two, of all time is the brilliant run my Messner-Loebs. Its quite fantastic and original. His work in developing Wally and his co-supporting cast never matched in long form mainstream comics run before, to my eye.

As a run it was so safely in its time, place and genra while at the same time so fresh and original. Comfortable and challenging at the same time. It also includes possibly my favourite 'big two' story of all time. A simply brilliant issues 45-47 feature Gorilla Grodd. Seriously checkout eBay and you'll probably pick it up for bobbins and its so worth it.

I've been reading about Messner-Loebs problems for a while now, but last I read it seemed things might have been picking up, alas it seems not. That said I'm so impressed that the man seems up beat, optimistic and unbeaten. He seems as heroic as the characters he so brought to life.

Mr Messner-Loebs is an example to us all.

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Re: Bill Messner-Loebs
« Reply #5 on: 29 March, 2018, 11:00:27 pm »
Sign him up Tharg.

The man can script and he can draw. He's a name the Americans know and it not only good publicity but the right thing to do. Tales of the Cursed Earth Dredd Clan would work just fine with his big chin style.
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