I’ve written before about William Messner-Loebs, a comic book writer and artist who was big in the ‘90s (he wrote for The Flash, Wonder Woman, and The Maxx) before having a lot of bad luck resulted in him and his wife becoming practically homeless. Now, there is an IndieGoGo campaign called A Benefit Book for William Messner-Loebs which you can contribute to.
The book is titled “The Unforgotten” and the goal is to raise $5,000 for a print run of 500 books. From the page:
William and Nadine Messner-Loebs are wonderful people, and we remember not only the great work they have done within the comic book community but also the types of inspiration, encouragement, and direct help in getting us on our own creative paths. Were it not for them, I would have lost hope in terms of my own personal desire to create comics and games. It was for this reason that I asked my friends in Detroit Tradecraft to not only create art and story for this anthology, but also to put out the word in our community that we wanted to help Bill and Nadine.
This full-color comic book is thirty-six pages of art and story, featuring many of those in our community. In order of appearance, these are:
- Tom Orzechowski,
- Bill Bryan,
- Brent Bowman,
- G. Walker Teon,
- J. R. Mounts,
- C. Pat Jackson,
- David Branstetter,
- Marco Evans,
- Anthony Zicari and Claudio Sepulveda, and
- Nick Gibson, Jason Johnson, and Jammie Eric Baird
I mostly handled editing and a few lettering assists. All profits from sales of these books (after manufacture and shipping, as necessary) will go directly to Bill and Nadine.
In addition to this campaign, the Messner-Loebs have a GoFundMe if you just want to contribute directly to them.