Following Brain Injury, Comic Creator Leah Moore Needs Our Support

by Richard Bruton

Just a few days ago, I wrote about the fabulous all-female 2000AD Sci-Fi Special, featuring so many wonderful comic voices. And just one of those voices is Leah Moore, writer of comics as diverse as Judge Death in the Sci-Fi Special, Black Shuck in 2000AD, Conspiracy Of Ravens at Dark Horse, Damsels and Sherlock Holmes for Dynamite, with their current series, Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man out now.

Whether writing alone or with husband John Reppion, Moore’s work has been enjoyed by so many of us for many years.

Well, now it’s time to return the favour.

Sadly, earlier in June, Leah Moore suffered a “severe and degenerative brain injury” at Download Festival.

Thankfully, despite it being a horrible injury, complete with shocking pictures, Moore is recovering, resting, and tweeting from her bed.

Although Moore is fortunate enough to live in the UK, where the NHS will take care of her medical bills, but with both Moore and Reppion relying on their writing to live and a young family to look after, things will be tough for their immediate future. Comedian, writer, performer Andrew O’Neill immediately went about setting up a Just Giving page for Moore.

From which, this:

Leah and John are comic book writers, who usually scrape by on caffeine and stress while creating wonderful art. Recently, they have been beset by brutal circumstances – John recently lost his sister Dawn and Leah has sustained a severe and degenerative brain injury at Download (metal!) and has had an operation to remove a blood clot.

Needless to say, their already fragile and insecure method of putting food on the table for themselves and their three kids (two feral) is going to be impossible while Leah recovers and John looks after her.

As an artistic community and bunch of pals, let’s raise some money to help them through, (and then we can use our generosity later on as leverage for favours and cake).

The Just Giving page reached its target a few hours in but you can still donate funds to help Leah, John, and their young family in what will obviously be a long and difficult recovery.

From all of us at Comicon.com, we wish Leah all the best for her recovery and look forward to reading her work once more.

(Leah and John, from their website.)

(Leah Moore’s Judge Death strip, from the 2000AD Sci-Fi Special, art by Xulia Vincente)

(Cover to the Moore and Reppion written Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man, out now!)