Kevin Smith praises George Perez, ‘such an absolute sweetheart’

Director and comic book writer Kevin Smith praised legendary comic book artist George Perez as an “absolute sweetheart” in a candid clip from Smith’s Fatman Beyond podcast. Perez, best known for his work on titles such as Teen Titans NeoAnd Crisis on Infinite EarthsAnd JLA / The AvengersHe died last week at his Florida home after a months-long battle with cancer. Tributes to Perez, widely regarded as one of the best American comic book artists in the history of the medium, have poured in from around the world since his death on May 6.

Smith’s comments came on the heels of a poignant memorial to Perez from co-host Mark Bernardin, who also read a statement from the Perez family.

“He was one of the good guys,” Smith said. “An absolute legend of course in art form, their work in WW, who worked on Crisis, who worked on Infinity Gauntlet…Excellent work, giant, Mount Rushmore. But the thing you hear over and over again I’ve known personally from all the people in Comic Book Men And also from meeting George in real life… He was such a nice guy. Such an absolute sweetheart; actually we still have his shirt hanging in the Stash. In the episode, he gave us one of his shirts… And it’s still hanging on the shirt. What a A cute giant—and I don’t mean huge, I mean a giant in the f-ing profession.And this guy was, by all accounts, if he’s going through a scam and people are like “George!” He’d come in and tag something, then go on. Just his damn sweetheart. They had something for him not so long ago that Jim McLoughlin, a friend of ours, invited me to go see him and unfortunately I had a family thing and I can’t do that…You tend to just focus, it’s annoying to lose a legend, but it’s Amazing to ever have this guy. Look at the work he produced, which will live forever. I’ve outlined his works for some person Our favorite yat sets the standard, and he set the standard, at least apparently personally, with his fan base. He always had time for people who appreciated his work, and he always had time to represent the art form. Beautiful, friend.”

You can watch the podcast below.

Perez announced his cancer diagnosis in December, revealing he had stage 3 pancreatic cancer. Perez told fans at the time that he chose to forgo chemotherapy, which he was told had a low chance of success, and instead spend as much time as he could with his family, friends and fans. Since his illness was announced, Perez has spent time with his family, friends and fans. He also visited the capital’s offices and took many pictures in honor of the artist.

“On the 29th of November, I received confirmation that, after undergoing surgery for a liver obstruction, I have stage 3 pancreatic cancer,” Perez told fans via Facebook. “It is not surgically operable, and the average life expectancy is between 6 months to a year. I have been given the option of chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy, but after weighing all the variables and evaluating the amount of days left for me I have eaten away from doctor visits, treatments and hospital stays. And dealing with the stressful and often frustrating bureaucracy of the medical system, I have chosen only to let nature take its course and will enjoy the time I have left as fully as possible with my beautiful wife of over 40 years, family, friends and fans.”

In 2019, Perez announced his retirement from comic books, citing poor eyesight and other health problems. Continue to appear at the conference (where possible, due to the Covid-19 pandemic), take on committees and do signatures.

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