RIP Ray Harryhausen

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Stop motion animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen has died at age 92. Before CGI there was Harryhausen, whose soaring imagination gave birth to creatures that inhabited the psyche of generations of SF and fantasy fans, and whose painstaking hand-done animation has never been surpassed for character and excitement.

RIP: Robert Morales

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Wow. I am stunned and heartbroken. SF legend Samuel Delany has just written the following on Facebook: Robert Morales was one of my closest friends–and had been since he was seventeen year old. He died at his home in Brooklyn this morning, leaving his father and mother. He was fifty-four. We spoke on the phone […]

A Comics Tribute to Annette Funicello

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The beloved Disney icon whole burgeoning adolescence entranced a generation of Mickey Mouse Club Watchers—before she went on to become a beach blanket staple and Skippy peanut butter enthusiast—Annette Funicello died earlier this week at the age of 70. In a very full life she also managed to have a surprisingly large comic book presence. While this cover gallery speaks to Disney’s endless—and disturbing—series of chintzy movies, looking at Annette’s essential perkiness in a jaunty scarf and pristine white gloves, gives ample evidence of why she was so beloved in her day.

Tribute: Carmine Infantino Remembered

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[Artist Nelson deCastro wrote this for his Facebook page and it is reprinted with his permission. Comics great Carmine Infantino passed away yesterday at the age of 87.] by Nelson de Castro I had the pleasure of being the great Carmine Infantino’s art assistant back through 1990 to 1992. He was a great guy and […]

RIP: George Gladir

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The co-creator of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, George Gladir passed away Wednesday night at the age of 88. The winner of the 2007 Bill Finger Award, Gladir wrote countless classic Archie stories in a career that went back to the 50s. Even in the last decade, he was still creating comics and attending Comic-Con to promote them, as recounted in this touching memorial by friend Batton Lash:

RIP: Carmine Infantino

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In a day that already saw the passing of beloved movie critic Roger Ebert and Archie mainstay George Gladir, news has now come that comics legend Carmine Infantino has passed away. He was 87 and had been in poor health for a while. One of the most influential comics artists of the Silver Age, Infantino […]

RIP: Fred

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French cartoonist Frédéric Aristidè who worked under the name Fred has died at age 82. Winner of the 1980 Grand Prix at Angoulême, Fred was best known for Philémon, a long running fantasy strip about a youth who falls through a well to a magical world, accompanied by his loyal donkey. Fred co-created the satirical […]

Manga pioneer Toren Smith as remembered by Lea Hernandez

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by Lea Hernandez – My long-time friend Toren Smith has passed away after a protracted bout of ill health, and I’m heartbroken. I worked for him over the course of seventeen years as part of his elite Studio Proteus team; doing retouch on adult comics, and rewriting titles like 3×3 Eyes, What’s Michael? And Oh! My Goddess!. If Toren had lived another year, I would’ve known him for exactly half my life.

RIP: Rick Olney

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Con promoter/publisher Rick Olney has passed away at age 58. A controversial figure for many, Olney attempted many things in his life, including starting a readers advocacy organization called ORCA, and throwing many shows which he would abruptly cancel. As a publisher, his major achievement was being accused of owing many artists money. My own […]

RIP ‘Barefoot Gen’ creator Keiji Nakazawa

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BAREFOOT GEN and I SAW IT creator Keiji Nakazawa died on December 19th at age 73. The cause was lung cancer. As a boy of six, Nakazawa survived the nuclear bomb that fell on Hiroshima, although most of his family died in the bombing. The horrific events that followed were recounted in fictionalized form in […]

RIP: Josh Medors

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Following a long battle with a rare form of spinal cancer, artist Artist Josh Medors passed away yesterday, at age 36, capping a pretty bad day for comics. Medors had been sick since 2008 and helped organize the Help for Heroes charity. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and his son, Garth.

RIP: Spain Rodriguez

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I am very sad to report that an email has been sent by Ron Turner: It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing this morning of Spain Rodriguez. He passed at home with his daughter and wife at his bedside at about 7 this morning. He had been fighting cancer for […]

R.I.P.: Marc Wilkofsky

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Pretty stunning news today as word has been going around that Marc Wilkofsky has passed away at the very young age of 42. Details are unavailable.

RIP: Lucille Bliss

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Over the weekend I see that voice actress Lucille Bliss died earlier this month at the age of 96. The NY Times has an obituary here. Bliss voices Crusader Rabbit, one of the wicked stepsisters in CINDERELLA, and many other parts, including her best known role, Smurfette. In one of my earlier incarnations, I saw […]

Ray Zone: RIP

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I am sad to report that Ray Zone, known as the master of 3D comics for more than 30 years, passed away on Tuesday: Ray passed away on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He leaves a long legacy as an author, publisher, historian, photographer, filmmaker and artist. A longtime advocate of stereography as […]

RIP Peter McFarland

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I’ve been lucky enough to meet a few of the greatest visionaries of the last 50 years, and men and women who have shaped the course of our culture, but I say with complete honesty that the most amazingly creative person I ever met in my life was my uncle, Peter McFarland, who passed away […]