Ty made some mention of his plans for Easter Sunday. While the rest of us were eating dinner and watching movies with our families, Ty was off with a group of new friends protesting at a makeup company against their use of animal testing. Ty had seen photos of the rabbits they used and was particularly horrified.
Ty says the turnout for the protest was low, and Ty being Ty, he thought they needed some “street theatre” to make it more interesting. (If you’ve ever planned an event with Ty, you know how often he suggests that someone call “the news stations, email all the pop culture blogs!”). So Ty decided to literally make it look like a show and had constructed a backdrop for the protesters to stand in front of. I think the original plan was for people to give speeches in front of it–but someone set one of their signs on fire(trying to make a dramatic point). (Ty says logic seems to have disappeared at that point as it made no sense to burn the signs with their messages on them)
Anyway the backdrop obviously caught fire (I think someone had minor singeing of their pants), and when the people arrived trying to control the protesters, they tried to drag everyone away from the backdrop and to knock it over and stomp out the fire. Ty, enraged, thought that the police were destroying the protest and trying to stop them from it. He tried to grab the backdrop and drag it away from a couple of officers and in the process, he accidentally elbowed one in the face.
Ty has been arrested and is currently facing a number of charges. I’m a little overwrought and can’t concentrate very well, so I keep getting them mixed up. I know “assaulting an officer” is one–but I’m having trouble keeping track of the others. I have to get Ty a lawyer and get him out on bond (? I think that’s the expression? on bail?) so he can teach his class tonight. (A couple of the protesters told me that he was loudly shouting that he couldn’t be locked up as he had a class to teach.)
The amount of the bail is substantially out of our means. We’ve had to borrow money from a couple of relatives, but they want to be paid back almost instantly (Ty being arrested hasn’t struck them as very responsible, and they’re particularly shocked by the charge of assault against a police officer). As well, we need to be able to pay a lawyer. (Some of the protesters were part of the G20 protests, and advised Ty that he actually needs a decent lawyer).
So, I’ve been able to talk to Ty briefly and he has agreed, unhappily, to let me sell off pages he’s never made available before. I’ve found the box with all of the #1 covers from the various incarnations of Batman Adventures, (Batman and Robin #1, Gotham Adventures #1 etc) and I will be putting them up on eBay (or possibly taking email offers through Ty’s email). Ty has also said I can put up his original Kirby page (from Mister Miracle) and the original Watchmen page (from Issue 5 I think?) as well. If I find anything else interesting, I may put those up as well–the bond is five grand, and I don’t know what a good lawyer costs these days.
If you’re interested in any of this artwork, or you have any suggestions for other pages of his that I can auction, let me know in the comments.
So, as I said, please leave me a message in the comments or send an email to Ty’s email–I’m trying to keep the phone free as I’m waiting for Ty to have a chance to call me, and for several lawyers to get back to me.