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Fans and creators alike mass to support 2000AD artist Peter Doherty after critical illness

Peter Doherty

2000AD artist Peter Doherty

A JustGiving Page to raise money to support comic artist and colourist Peter Doherty (perhaps best known for his work on 2000AD‘s “Judge Dredd”) is closing in on its target to support him after he suffered a torn aorta a couple of weeks ago.

Currently in hospital, the good news is that after some complications, and having spent over a week in an induced coma, he’s now awake and, though still extremely unwell, is starting to improve.

Over his career, Peter’s work has mainly been focused on “Judge Dredd”, including a number of stories acclaimed by readers, including the origin story “Judge Death: Boyhood of a Superfiend”; and the swansong story of long-running support cast member Chief Judge McGruder, “Death of a Legend.” He’s also worked on other comics, such as Grendel.

Judge Death for Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 12 by Peter Doherty

Judge Death for Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 12 by Peter Doherty

Peter, who is one of several UK and US creators on the 2017 Official Selection books from the Angouleme Festival International de la Bande Dessinée, thanks to his on Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s Jupiter’s Legacy, will  face at least two to three weeks in hospital, then an extended period of convalescence.

“During this time, I think the last thing he should have on his mind is the financial pressure of being unable to work,” says his longtime friend Carl Waite who, together with Stuart Gibbins and Tracy Wilkinson, has set up a JustGiving page and an associated web site to raise money on his behalf, a project supported by his daughter, Hope.

So far, donations are fast approaching £10,500. Hope says that it will be Peter’s decision – when he’s well enough – as to how it’s used, whether as originally intended (to offer some support to him) or perhaps he might choose to donate any money raised to the hospital unit that cared for him.

Peter Doherty's art on the Judge Dredd story "The Pusher", written by Alan Grant, for 2000AD Prog 1736

Peter’s art on the Judge Dredd story “The Pusher”, written by Alan Grant, for 2000AD Prog 1736

A web site – the-dredded-aorta.com – has also been set up on Pete’s behalf, which as well as explaining the situation, appeals for donations of artwork from the comic community that can be auctioned to raise yet more money for him. Several artists have already kindly offered pieces of work that can be auctioned to help boost the fund.

“An amazing amount has already been raised via a Just Giving page,” says Carl, “but his recovery is going to take a considerable time. As anyone who is or has been self-employed will know, this sort of thing is a real worry.

“Right now, please think about scratting around the back of the sofa to see if you can muster enough change to donate a couple of quid,” Carl asks. “In addition though, please share this message as far and wide as you can!”

Donations so far have come from many of his fan and creators including myself, Nick Brokenshire, Matt Brooker, Shane Chebsey, Eddy Choi, Rufus Dayglo, Ian Edginton, Gary Erskine, Al Ewing, Duncan Fegredo,Antony Johnston, Jeff Lemire, Lucy Millar, Gary Spencer Millidge, Michael Molcher, Kevin Nowlan, Dean Ormston, Annie Parkhouse, Sean Phillips, Jamie Rich, Richard Starkings, John Wagner, Kev Walker and Rob Williams.

Why not join us?

Make your donation here on this JustGiving Page

• Fund raising web site – the-dredded-aorta.com

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About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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