Judge Dredd Artist Chooses Assisted Suicide
Johnny Hicklenton, a renowned artist on the Judge Dredd series, has ended his life at a Swiss assisted suicide clinic. Hicklenton, age 42, had suffered from severe MS for the last ten years.
A tireless campaigner for MS awareness, Hicklenton was the subject of an award winning documentary about his struggle with the debilitating disease. In “Here’s Johnny” he spoke movingly of using art as an escape:
“Drawing is my walking now, I run with it, I fly with it. It’s keeping me alive. I have a thing with it. I can’t wait to get a piece of paper with a pen because it’s what I can control.
“I haven’t got MS when I’m looking at my pictures and I haven’t got it when I’m drawing them either. It gives me an ability to express that fear.”
As the illness progressed his mobility was severely affected and he chose to end his life before becoming completely disabled. Before leaving for Switzerland he managed to finish the last panel of his final graphic novel, 100 Months.
Full story: The Telegraph