RIP: Charles Barsotti

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Tweet Famed New Yorker cartoonist Charles Barsotti has passed away at age 80. He was 80. Barsotti had been suffering from brain cancer since last year, and he died quietly at home yesterday. With his extreme simple line style, and talking and thinking dogs, Barsotti was most often compared to James Thurber, and his whimsical […]

The Hermit of Shooters Hill – An Interview with Steve Moore, Part 2

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TweetHere’s the second part of my interview with Steve Moore, with more to follow. The first part can be found here, along with some explanation of how the interview came about. PÓM: Did you go to many SF cons? SM: Only two or three, I think … at least, that’s all I remember! They were […]

The Hermit of Shooters Hill – An Interview with Steve Moore, Part 1

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TweetOn the 26th of August 2013 I started doing a very long biographical interview with Steve Moore (as mentioned in my earlier post, Steve Moore 1949 – 2014: A Personal Appreciation). The plan was that it would take as long as it would take, and then we’d spend a bit more time fiddling about with […]

RIP Dick Ayers

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A week after celebrating his 90th birthday, Silver Age great Dick Ayers has passed away, according to reports on Facebook. TwoMorrow’s David Spurlock passed along a brief obituary and the picture below:

RIP Al Feldstein

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Tweet One of the last living EC Comics titans has passed away: Al Feldstein has died at age 88. Feldstein was one of the main architects of the EC Comics legend, writing some of its signature stories and editing Mad Magazine for 28 years after the departure of founder Harvey Kurtzman. Feldstein still recreated artwork […]

RIP Eddie Valiant (aka Bob Hoskins)

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Tweet One of the groundbreaking performances in CGI history and a memorable actor overall.

RIP: Courtney Utt

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Tweet Designer Courtney Utt, who was responsible for some of Viz’s most distinctive covers, passed away recently at the age of just 37 following a long battle with brain cancer. You can see much of Utt’s work here.

RIP: The Ultimate Warrior

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Tweet Only a day after recording this promo, the man known as The Ultimate Warrior is dead at age 54. Born Jim Hellwig, the masked wrestler eventually changed his name legally to Warrior. One of wrestling greatest icons from its 80s glory days, The Ultimate Warrior brought unmatched ferocity and craziness to his matches and […]

Steve Moore 1949 – 2014: A Personal Appreciation

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TweetStephen James Moore was born at 2:00pm on June 11th, 1949, in a house on Shooters Hill in South London, where he lived all of his life, and died on or around the 16th of March, 2014, still in that house on the hill. In between, he produced a huge body of work, of a […]

RIP: Oderus Urungus

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Tweet The Gwar frontman is dead at age 50. Gwar had a big comics crossover of inspiration and I know they played Comic-Con several times. Photo via Diabolique Magazine

RIP: Steve Moore

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Tweet Via Strange Attractor Magazine comes word that writer Steve Moore has passed away at the age of 65. Moore was a prolific comics writer, as well as an early editor of and contributor to Fortean Times. Among his comics work, many series for 2000AD and Rebellion, including Lazer Erazer, Axel Pressbutton, Future Shocks, Red […]

RIP: Bhob Stewart

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Tweet Pioneering comics journalist Bhob Stewart has passed away after a lingering illness. His website is here, but tributes are piling up on his FB page. Stewart was one of the very first “fan” writers who was a writer first and a fan later, and was hugely influential in helping many people in the industry. […]

RIP: Bill Baker

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Tweet Over the weekend I was extremely saddened to read of the death of comics writer and historian Bill Baker. He was 55 years old. The cause of death was pneumonia; he died at home. Baker was a frequent convention buddy, and we’d gone back and forth about him contributing interviews to the Beat over […]

RIP: Morrie Turner

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Tweet Morrie Turner, creator of Wee Pals, and the first African-American cartoonist with a nationally syndicated strip, passed away Saturday at the age of 90. He had been undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney ailments. Turner won the Milton Cainiff award in 2003 and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian award in 2012. Turner was inspired by Charles […]

Gary Edson Arlington (1938-2014), Creator of the Comic Book Store

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Tweet by Bob Calhoun [Underground and retailing pioneer Gary Arlington died last week, and local writer Bob Calhoun penned this obituary for him. Above photo via Last Gasp.] Gary Arlington’s comic book store on 23rd Street in San Francisco’s Mission District seemed more like a feat of engineering than the truly historic place that it […]

RIP: Mae Young

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Tweet Wrestling Hall of Famer Mae Young died earlier this week, at age 90. She wrestled in 7 decades, as recently as 2010, a record unlikely to be broken with current wrestling lifespans. After becoming the first women’s champion in the 50s, and pioneering women’s wrestling along with the Fabulous Moolah, Young made a comeback […]