Blind Comic Artist Battles On, Like Daredevil

Andre Campbell, visually-impaired since birth, is still chasing his dream
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2008 6:40 PM CST

(Newser) – Life as an independent comic artist is never easy. It's even harder when you’re legally blind, the Washington Post reports. Baltimore's Andre Campbell, vision-impaired since birth with a retinal-degeneration condition, has only sold about 100 copies of his company’s comics since the mid-'90s. But the artist, who idolizes the sightless superhero Daredevil, keeps plugging his Alpha Agents comics at conventions—blindly, some might say.

“I guess where things go, and they just seem to fall into place,” he says. His wife's work and his disability checks keep them afloat, and his business partner has hung in there. Still, a single distributor monopolizes the comic book market—and industry types say Campbell’s work just isn’t that good. "Do I get discouraged sometimes?" Campbell asks. "Yes, but it don't last that long."