You're so right about all of this. Static was great stuff. Washington had a sad follow-up to his brief comics career. I'm glad that The Hero Initiative was able to help somewhat, but neither private organizations nor public services that step in as a last resort are the real solution. Like so many other industries, the US comics biz (whatever that even means anymore) needs to treat the creative people who feed the gaping maw of more-more-more product appropriately.