In a freelance economy, living situations can take precarious turns. And this week one of comics stalwart independent creators saw her living situation take a turn for the worse.
“Castle Waiting” creator Linda Medley recently set up a call for aid on the site GoFundMe. “I am raising funds to help cover my living and ongoing physical therapy expenses for the next year,” she wrote on the page. “I will be losing my present living situation in the next month, and currently don’t have enough to get into a new place. I really want to continue working on ‘Castle Waiting’ and desperately need a secure home — and the peace of mind that comes with it! — to do so.”
Originally launched in 1996, the fairy tale remixing “Castle Waiting” became one of the emblematic series of that era’s self-publishing movement alongside titles like Jeff Smith’s “Bone” and Terry Moore’s “Strangers In Paradise.” After many years and many issues, Medley’s book saw two expansive hardcovers volumes published by Fantagraphics over the past ten years.
Medley recently returned to work on a planned full-color volume 3 for the series, setting up a Patreon page in the process. “Several years ago I was diagnosed with severe cervical spondylosis as well as carpal tunnel syndrome, and took some time off from creating artwork to rest, and adapt to new modes of working,” she wrote. “Now I’m currently hard at work on ‘Castle Waiting’ Volume 3 and hope to have the first 150-page installment ready for publication next year…but I’ll need your financial help to be able to continue working on it.
“In all my years of freelancing I’ve never been in a position like this, and your advance support of the book will have my undying gratitude.”
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