"Morrie Turner, a cartoonist who broke the color barrier twice
— as the first African-American comic strip artist whose work was widely syndicated in mainstream newspapers, and as the creator of the first syndicated strip with a racially and ethnically mixed cast of characters — died on Saturday in Sacramento. He was 90. " [more inside]
Keiji Nakazawa, the manga artist and creator of Barefoot Gen
),his autobiographical account of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, died on the 19th of December, still living in Hiroshima. His obituary
is up on The Comics Journal
website, while comics blogger David Brothers adds a more personal note about discovering Barefoot Gen as a preteen
Spain Rodriguez Fought the Good Fight
- underground comics artist Spain Rodriguez
, most famous for his violent antihero Trashman
, passed away yesterday.
Young Edd Gould
always enjoyed drawing comics of himself and his friends. Growing up in the internet age, his doodles
evolved into Flash animations of increasing complexity, and in time Edd and pals Tom Ridgewell
and Matt Hargreaves teamed up to produce an "Eddsworld"
series of online webtoons and comics
At first crude and halting, the group's "eddisodes"
progressed from surreal shorts
into full-fledged productions that pushed the boundaries of amateur web animation, with expressive characters
, full soundtracks
, complex effects, and a fast-paced, off-kilter sense of humor: MovieMakers
- Rock Bottom
- Hammer & Fail
At its height, the college co-op was producing shorts for Mitchell & Webb
and the UN Climate Change Conference
, fielding offers
from Paramount and Cartoon Network, and racking up millions of hits on YouTube
Work slowed, however, when Gould was diagnosed with leukemia
-- a relatively survivable form, though, and Gould carried on working gamely
through his hospital stays. So it came as a shock last week when Matt and Tom announced that Edd had passed away
, prompting an outpouring
in his short 23 years.
Sheldon Moldoff, one of the seminal Golden Age comic book artists and the last surviving cartoonist to have had work featured in Action Comics
#1, died on February 29
from kidney failure. [more inside]
Legendary comic book artist John Severin has died
. He was ninety years old. [more inside]
Comic book artist Eduardo Barreto, best known for his work on such DC titles as New Teen Titans
and various Superman
projects, not to mention his work on the Judge Parker
newspaper strip, has died at the age of 57
. [more inside]
, Batman artist and creator of the Dark Knight's arch-nemesis The Joker
, died yesterday
in his sleep at the age of 89. [more inside]
Bill Blackbeard, founder of the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art, passed away March 10. The Comics Journal calls him "without question or quibble the only absolutely indispensable figure in the history of comics scholarship
for the last quarter century." [more inside]
Dwayne McDuffie has died
. If you recognize the name, odds are you already know his resume, but here goes: founder of Milestone Media, creator of Static, executive producer of Justice League Unlimited
, writer of many comics and perhaps the most visible advocate of minority engagement in comic books
. Details are non-existent at this point, but McDuffie was said to appear healthy and happy within the last week at appearances for the just-released All-Star Superman
From off the streets of Cleveland, Harvey Pekar
pioneered autobiopgraphical comics in the 70s with his self-published American Splendor
. His tales of working as a file clerk lead to greater fame, including appearances on David Letterman
and a movie about his life
. He worked with many different artists, including his personal friend Robert Crumb
. Beyond that, he was an inspiration
for so many others. Harvey Pekar passed away last night at the age of 70
, a comic book artist and former executive editor at DC Comics
, passed away on March 27th
. [more inside]
Automotive journalist, cartoonist
and architect Earl Ma passed away
this week after a three year battle with cancer. But you would never have known it from how he lived his life. Last month, he refused to let his partial paralysis keep him away from the Indianapolis 500 (though fellow Hawaiian Jim Nabors
was too ill to attend), and with the help of friends covered
the race from his wheelchair. His boundless energy, generosity and wide range of talents earned him many friends and admirers, and he is already greatly missed.
David Cockrum has passed on.
The cause of death was apparently complications from diabetes; he died peacefully, in his sleep. Comics fans would know him from a number of projects, amongst them Giant Size X-Men #1
where he helped introduce Colossus, Storm and Nightcrawler to the world, his run on the Legion of Super Heroes, and possibly his self-published work The Futurians. You can find some nice retrospectives on his career
and what he did for Marvel and for DC Comics.
Will Eisner Dies at age 86
The father of the modern Graphic Novel and hugely influential comics figure has died today from heart surgery complications. His concept of Sequential Art
helped move comics out of the idea of being solely "kid's stuff" and was seen as a cannon in the comic art world.
He was working on a book called "The Plot" due out later this year. He will be missed. More info and Eisner Bio at Newsarama
R.I.P.: Comic Book Pioneer Carl Barks
Anybody can do superheroes... Carl made Disney cartoon characters into action comc stars.
I devoured these as a kid; bought foreign-language versions from the Disneyland Main Street bookstore; to this day, the only "jillionaire" I can trust is Scrooge McDuck.
Now, if only HE had done the "Backstreet Boys" comic instead of Stan Lee...
So Charles Schulz
ran out of ink about two hours ago, preceded in death by about five hours by Tom Landry
. The worst part is, both were in my dead pool
, which starts in about 24 hours. (The second-worst thing is all the "It's a sad day for Snoopy" and "Good grief" ledes we're going to have to endure. Blech.)
The Dallas Morning News obit went over the wires at 85 inches before Landy was even cold. Gee, you think they saw this one coming?