After several hours of despair, comics fans and professionals are relieved to find that Rob Liefeld will continue to work in comics.
Source: Bleeding Cool
Earlier today on the facebook page of Mitt Romney campaign manager Ethan Van Sciver, Rob Liefeld announced his retirement from comics. Shockwaves were immediately felt throughout the industry and fandom, as it is widely believed that, aside from Liefeld, the entirety of the industry is populated by D-List creators. Fortunately, Liefeld has reconsidered his decision and canceled the retirement. The whole incident was reported on almost immediately by Bleeding Cool, a site known for its responsible journalism. From Liefeld's Twitter:
I am NOT retired from comics. Taking some time off and will be back at it soon. Thanks!
No I am not permanently retired from comics. I’m too young! Momentarily, yes. Geez, let a guy enjoy some R and R
My mistake is that I don’t give facebook comments the same weight as I do twitter rants. Lesson learned.
However, is the comic book industry that Liefeld is returning to the same as the one he left? The landscape in comics is known to change very often. For example, since Liefeld retired early this morning, DC Comics has rebooted its continuity at least several times, although, to be fair, a recent Crisis event did restore the continuity to the state of the third reboot. Liefeld may find it difficult to adjust to the radically different comics landscape he left behind this morning.
However, Liefeld, a consummate professional as evidenced by his mature and measured behavior on Twitter in recent months, is likely to be capable of bouncing back.
"Tom Brevoort is still a fat fuck, so some things have remained the same," said Liefeld, who also wanted to reassure fans that he would continue to create comics, perhaps for decades to come. "I'm not going to leave until Image United is completed."