Comics legend George Pérez, who is known for his work on such titles as Teen Titans and Wonder Woman, has announced his formal retirement from comics.
"In recent months, there has been a great deal of speculation as to the future of my career, my health, my ability to draw and my future convention appearances," Pérez said in a press release. "As a result, I would like to clear up everything first hand so that, hopefully, any rumors, speculation and misinformation can be laid to rest."
"With respect to future published work in comics and such ... 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.)," he continued, referencing some of his health troubles, "they have indeed have forced me to, for all intents and purposes, formally retire from the business of creating new comic stories."
Pérez noted that he would also retire from "privately commissioned drawings," as the process was "just becoming too much of a strain on my eyes to produce the fully rendered ink and pencil-tone pieces on a quality level that justifies the price I’m being paid for them."
The legendary artist did note that he would continue doing sketches for conventions, saying, "I will need to cut back on those as well. While I will no longer sketch at the conventions themselves, I will, through my art agent Spencer Beck of The Artists Choice, be taking orders for 5 ( FIVE ) con-style head sketches, per convention day that I am in attendance which will be done at home to be collected at the conventions."
The press release went on to clarify that fans must be "personally present to pick up the piece" and that the price would be $100 each. However, the statement clarified that the money would be "donated to various charities." Orders cannot be placed before "until approximately 30 days before each specific show. Sketches will be approved at one per person, family or address. First come, First serve. So, please check back 30 days before the show. [Pérez] will only be doing 9 x 12 head shots and they must be paid for in full at the time the order is accepted."
Pérez gave information for placing orders, writing, "please contact Spencer / The Artist's Choice directly at Spencerbck@aol.com. Any changes or further announcements will be made by Spencer and myself on his website http://www.theartistschoice.com/perez.htm and on my fan website https://sites.google.com/a/comicbookseries.info/gpz/"
Pérez included a list of conventions, which you can find online, that he would be attending in 2019, which he claims "will more than likely be my last year touring this great land meeting so many great fans." Pérez will still be available for autographs and photo ops at the show, noting he "will not be charging for either."
"Long story short, I will be just fine," he concluded. "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. And so much of that is thanks to all of you, the GREATEST fans in the world. I am humbled and forever grateful."