On top of that, while checking to see if the Mad situation was made public as the freelancer note implied (I wouldn't have posted about it otherwise), I found mention on The Beat that Bob Schreck was laid off from DC Comics/Vertigo. Bob is a friend of ours, and I am sorry to see this happen. I am sure he'll land on his feet, and soon, but this has to be a real upheaval. I met Bob in 1987 at the San Diego Comic-Con. Bob has helped me out a lot during my career, especially early on, when he and Diana Schutz really looked out for me and kept me in mind for some early freelance work. I worked with him while he was at DHC and Oni, and we talked briefly about doing something together at Vertigo at some point. He also helped me when I was recruiting folks for World's Funnest. So, I wish Bob the best during these insane times. Sheesh.
Despite everything, I've been weirdly optimistic about our own 2009, based on the things that we're involved in, and what work I'm already contracted to do. But...this sure makes my stomach hurt. It barely affects us, I never got a ton of work from mad, but it's bad news, and hits people close to us, and there's so many other shoes left to drop in the coming months and perhaps years. I've had contracted work go up in smoke before, and to be honest, I don't what I'd do if my freelancing dried up. I mean, I'd go look for a retail job, I guess, but...I'm not qualified for jack crap other than drawing dumb stuff.
My stomach hurts.