Sunday, December 02, 2007


Spacenight - A Tribute to Bill Mantlo

A terrific idea for a benefit, and a terrific cause. From the official site:

"The first comic I ever read was ROM Spaceknight, a silver cyborg fighting evil monsters throughout the universe. I collected every issue until the series was cancelled at #75 (when I asked the comic clerk why it was cancelled he kindly replied, “Well, they just ran out of stories to tell.”). Years later I learned that all of these incredible stories were written by one man, Bill Mantlo. At the same time I learned that he had been injured in a hit and run accident in 1992. Due to the severe injuries, Bill currently resides in a Brain Injury Rehabilitation Nursing Home, and will probably do so for the rest of his life.

"This show will serve as a fundraiser and celebration of the stories Bill has given us. All of the artwork and more will be compiled in a tribute comic next year that will be sold as a non-profit benefit book for Bill’s brother/caregiver, Mike Mantlo, to provide funding to enable Bill to enjoy somewhat of a quality of life."
If you're in the Portland area, consider stopping by. If like me you're a bit far afield, look out for the benefit book collecting the art next year, or consider picking up a copy of Mantlo - A Life in Comics, the proceeds from which go towards Bill's care.

huh. Never knew that about Mantlo. I also read the ROM Spaceknight series--wound up collecting all of the issue but for 1, I think--and was sad to see it come to an end.
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