Legendary artist George Perez's vision has deteriorated to the point where he is near-blind in his left eye and will require major surgery to correct. Perez posted a full description of his current status on his Facebook page earlier this week, along with a photograph of himself wearing an eyepatch over his left eye.
"I need to report that my eye troubles have taken a bit of a downturn as my left eye has experienced some hemorrhaging, pretty much blinding me in that eye," Perez said via Facebook. "This has necessitated my wearing an eyepatch in order to see a bit more clearly through my right eye. My eye doctor is continuing a combination of laser and injection surgery, but there is a possibility that I may require scalpel surgery in the near future. I need to begin treatments that will better control my diabetes and blood pressure before he can do that, though. I had considered keeping this private, but realized that it would become pretty public once I appeared at the Project Comic Con show in St. Louis this weekend.
"I'm not going to minimize the seriousness of my situation, but I am still drawing (albeit with a bit more effort) and am trying to maintain a positive, upbeat attitude," the artist continued. "My wife Carol (Phoenicia) is an enormous source of comfort, support and love and the friends and family members who've heard the news have been pillars of concern and well wishes. I appreciate all the strength they've provided me."
Perez recently went BOOM! Studios exclusive after a long career drawing superheroes for Marvel and DC, hoping to branch out into all-new original work and stretch his creative muscles.
"While I have enjoyed considerable professional and personal success with both Marvel and DC, it was becoming all too evident that many of the books being produced by both companies seem to be getting more and more corporate driven," Perez told CBR in July. "Many of the characters I grew up with were turning into strangers whose adventures￼were determined by factors that had less and less to do with what made a good comic story and more to do with how these properties can be exploited for other purposes. There's nothing wrong with that, I guess, but not something that I felt was particularly satisfying for me as a storyteller."