The buzz around the biz these last few weeks has been about the new DAREDEVIL show on Netflix. Considering the failure of the Ben Affleck movie (and the Electra movie) it’s possible the newly minted Daredevil fan needs a little help catching up to what’s going on with the character…so to help out, I present…
I’m not kidding about dying three times, by the way….I’ve now checked out more times that Professor X during a summer crossover, and I don’t seem to have any insight into the experience. Didn’t meet John Lennon or my dad when that happened, but I did learn that there ARE atheists in foxholes after all, because no matter how dire or iffy things got, I never thought about the hereafter or considered asking for magical help, so there’s that.
I gots to thank all the fine folks at Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Hospital for bringing me back every time I left the planet, and a special shout out to Roaming, my night nurse, who kept me sane when there was little option but to give up.
My wife updated the internet about what was going on, so folks knew what was happening, but she kept how bad it was a secret so my kids didn’t know how the real details of it all until I was out of danger. It seems the staff didn’t expect me to survive more than a day or two, and I ended up earning the nickname “Miracle Man” from some of the doctors there when I woke up from the medially induced coma a little earlier than they saw coming. That’s kind of cool. My first professional inking job was in the back of a Miracleman comic from Eclipse, back in the day, so it seems only fitting.
Recovery is slower than I expected. I have to nap every time I climb a set of stairs, and drawing still isn’t back up to speed (hence the stolen panels in the above Bun Toon), but never fear, I’m getting better slowly, and expect to be putting pencil to paper in a week or so, just as soon as I can go more than an hour awake. There’s probably another Bun Toon or two in the whole experience (you people need to know what it’s like to be awake for an aortic stent operation, science is COOL!)
Thanks for all the nice thoughts on facebook and in my email box. There were literally thousands of messages, so I have yet to read them all, and I promise I will in time. KFC might have broken my heart, but you guys helped put it back together and it really helped give my spirits a boost. Not kidding about that. I get weepy these days, so I’m going to stop thinking about the outpouring, or it’s a wet keyboard and time for another nap.
To my editors at DC: I’m going to be a little late with the deadline this month, but I’ll finish the job in a little while. Thanks for moving the schedule a bit so I could visit the afterlife in style.
I’m going to close with this: For everyone who needs to think about changing their lifestyle, please use me as the poster boy, and don’t wait until your own wake up call. I’ll take the hit for everyone if they just learn my lesson. NO PROCESSED FOODS! Raw veggies, water and fruits, and no meat until after sundown, and it’s a long life for all of us. Oh, and walk around a bit, not just back and forth to the fridge.
Happy to be in this universe with the rest of you.
Ty the Guy NOT OUT!
Someone will be receiving a lawsuit about that whole “Miracle Man” thing. Could be you. Could be the hospital. Probably Todd McFarlane.
Glad to have you back. Stick around a while.
Welcome back, Ty!!!
Glad you’re home and doing well. I really need to take your recommendations about eating better. My wife would appreciate it, I’m sure.
I am so glad you’re alive and on the road to recovery.
Welcome back Ty.
I was happy to read that you didn’t die, so I guess I’m three times as happy now. Keep up the good work, sir! (I mean not dying)
Good on not dying. I wish more good folks would go with that.
Christ am I glad to see you.
P.S. I understand Medicare intends to save the lives of the entire Canadian Comics Hall of Fame in order to build public awareness and support.
Thanks for not dying, Ty. Comics would be less fun without you.
Jesus only came back once, you’re two up on that guy! Keep it up!
Hey Ty, Glad to hear you’re okay. I was going to try and come by and see you while you were in but I wasn’t sure if that would be weird or not. We were worried about there. Clean living sucks at first but it gets better! So uh yeah, sober English handshake and all that and glad you’re out the hospital. If you need help with anything let me know.
Hey what do you have against Ann Nocenti?
Welcome back to Comics Ty 🙂
Honest answer: She might be a wonderful person, but her time on Daredevil left me cold. She tried too hard to “Miller” it up, I think, and were it not for the Romita/Williamson artwork, I doubt I would have stayed with the book through her period. There were a few runs (like the “new look” black and gray costume, or the Bob Brown/Black Widow time) I ignored completely. Daredevil is rarely an automatic purchase for me, though I do have most of his classic runs.
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Welcome back, Ty. Keep kicking that bony bastard right in his coccyx.
I am ever so happy that you are still with us and recovering. I do hope that your kids and wife are okay as well because of the big scare, it can be so traumatic and it can make one feel lost.
Take care of you, draw at a moderate pace and eat your oatmeal!
Hugs and smiles
You are loved and appreciated!
I am most glad to say welcome back and go right ahead on, Ty.
Yay! You’re alive! Take care and keep up the good work. As we see here, you haven’t lost your sense of humor. Or humour.
You have to stay around for at least a few more decades yet, Guy. We still need you.
Damn, I didn’t know anything about it – when I started reading this bun toon I wondered who was the guy who got a heart attack and then I realized it was you.
It’s official, then: you’re definitely more badass than Daredevil.
Thanks for not leaving us all alone out here. We would have missed you horribly.
Ty, from the bottom of my heart, I’m so glad you’re with us still. While, I may not be family, or close; you’re the man who forever changed my life. Truly a remarkable dude.
My dad had a heart attack almost three years ago. He’s fine now. But I can attest to the easily weepy mode that follows a massive close encounter with death. All you’re experience now is normal and it will go away in time. Be well, Ty. You’re a great man.
Not even a glimpse of Stig’s Inferno?!
Someone probably already cracked wise about that… My bad if so.
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Hey Ty. Your being home is the best news I could hope for. Go slow and take good care of yourself. There is only one Ty Templeton and we need him. Be well.
Very happy for your resurrection and I’m wishing you a speedy recovery 🙂
And I really like the idea of an Daredevil run made by you 🙂
Very happy that you and your wit are still very much with us.
So glad to hear that you’re on the mend. You’ve died and come back more times than Superman!
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Get well, sir.
I’m glad to know you are alive. Stay that way.
So glad to hear that you are on the mend, and that you have managed to retain your sense of humor. And I hope that your family is doing well too.
From one who’s been through heart attack and bypass surgery…easy does it, my friend. I agree with you about not turning to a “higher power,” because that thought never occurred to me either, but we do “get religion” in terms of how we intend to live our lives after this harrowing heart stuff. The challenge will be to maintain that resolve a year or two after the intensity of the event fades. I totally understand about being highly emotional, too. Take it slow, give things as much time as they need, make a full recovery and be very well for a very long time. If you have the notion, “friend” me on FB. All the best.
Gary: I didn’t know you were a fellow member of the ticker club. I blame Blue Devil. 🙂 Well, I currently have religion on my diet. Yesterday, my mother was trying to convince me to get this no-fat french fry machine so I could “go back to eating the foods I love without all the fats that are bad for me”. I tried to tell her the problem was the foods I loved, and that I had to give them up, not substitute them for “near-beer” or “herbal cigarettes”. You don’t tell an alcoholic that there are substitutes for his addiction or you’re pushing him back onto the treadmill. Nowadays, if I want a french fry, I grab a handful of grapes. Chicken wings? I grab some home made chicken soup. The trick is NOT to try to fool your body back into the same world I barely escaped.
Unfortunately, I can’t friend anyone on facebook….there’s a limit on facebook, and mine was reached a while ago. As horrible as this is, someone has to unfriend me, or pass away before I can friend anyone. But as part of the team that brought me to DC, lo those decades ago, you are always a friend in real life.
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When I met you at Toronto Comic Con a few years back, you impressed me with your kindness, graciousness, wit and charm. Welcome back and here’s hoping your recovery is a speedy one.
Get well soon, and please stay out of the cornfield.
Holy cow, I am both stunned to hear of the severity of your sudden health issues and very glad to hear you made it thru. I’m a coffee-swilling artist in my 30s and I live in constant fear that The Big One is headed straight for me. Get well soon!
The fear is easily abated. Switch to whole foods, knock of caffeine, think of processed foods as a form of cigarette that does you no good. According to my medical team, I’m already far healthier in the last two weeks than I have been in the last two years. Our bodies thrive on lean meat, veggies, fruits and unprocessed dairy. It’s not magic, it’s biology. My bete noir was Coca-cola, and it’s already gone from my diet, much to my better health. I’ve already grown to dislike the taste of Coke (I had a few sips of one the other day, just to see, and weeks away from it, changed my taste for it).
PLEASE: Use my distress as your wake up call, there’s no reason to have your own when I’ve had one.
Wishing you nothing but the best, sir. We’ve never met, but I’ve been a fan since the Stig days. Have some celery on me!
Y’know, I was thinking about it. Weren’t you and Slott the guys who killed off the Spidey who used Hostess treats to foil villains?
Not saying you deserved a heart attack, of course, but perhaps this was your…
(I’m kidding around, fortheluvva! I am very glad you are better, but I couldn’t resist this line!)
So glad you’re still here, Ty! Couldn’t you get the doctors to pop in an arc reactor or something?
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Love and hugs. My own prayers were ascending for you! ❤