Sunday, July 31, 2016
It's been a sad few weeks in the illustration world. I lost a couple of personal heroes, and also learned about a veteran illustrator whose work I absolutely adore, who also just passed away. So, in chronological order, here's who went back to the big drawing board in the sky:
Carlos Nine, an Argentinian cartoonist and illustrator, died July 18th. I learned about his work from another artist I admire, Tomer Hanuka, and the tactile sensation of his pieces is something I haven't seen anywhere else. If I had heard about him sooner, I probably wouldn't be able to shut up about him.
Finally, Richard Thompson, a Washington-based illustrator and cartoonist I greatly admire, also passed on July 27th, from complications from Parkinson's which effectively ended his career far too early. He's the only person I know of who has been able to bring Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson out of hiding twice. I got to meet him once at the Small Press Expo, when I bought a book from him and was two dollars short on cash. He scribbled on the title page, "What a bargain!" Some day I shall have to sneak over to his grave in the dead of night and leave him two dollars and a bottle of iron gall ink.