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Tributes paid to US cartoonist Jack Davis

Jack Davis art for the book The Collector’s Guide to Monster, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Film Magazines by Bob Michelucci, published in 1988

We’re sorry to report that legendary US cartoonist Jack Davis has died, aged 91 – one of the founders of MAD magazine and certainly one of the best-known and recognisable cartoonists in the world. “Our hearts are broken,” a spokesperson for the Jack Davis Foundation commented. “He was a giant.” A cartoonist from a very early age, his first published ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Artist and Designer Roger Perry – A “Truculent Foot Soldier”

Roger Perry 2015

We’re very sorry to report the passing of artist, designer, photographer and downthetubes contributor Roger Perry, who died on Saturday 23rd July at his home in the Philippines – a day after celebrating his 78th birthday. His wife Rosa has been in touch to tell us that Roger, who had been ill for some time, was taken to hospital after ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Comic Creator Alan Joseph Mitchell

Charles Sahar Murray, Alan Mitchell and Alan Moore. Photo: Mitch Jenkins (Used with his kind permission)

The sudden passing of the inspiring comics creator Alan Mitchell, perhaps best known for co-writing “Third World War” with Pat Mills for Crisis, aged just 55, came as a tremendous shock to both family and friends. Although we met only a couple of times in the flesh – last during the Kapow 2012 convention in London, where we had a long and entertaining ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Comics Letterer and Designer Derek Pierson

Derek Pierson in the Eagle in 1966

We’re sorry to report the passing of Derek Pierson, who once self deprecatingly described his comics career as “from Hulton’s to IPC Magazines with Fleetway, taking a chunk of the middle”. Aged 77, he had been ill for some time. A backroom staffer and letterer of immense talent, his description of his working life, from what his friends tell me, does that ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Comic Artist Stephen Prestwood

Stephen Prestwood

Just over a week ago the British small press lost one of its most hardworking and consistent artists – the incredible Stephen Prestwood. I’d worked with him – watched him drawing tirelessly for years, turning in an almost endless stream of art for comics, art jams, competitions – anything. He was as relentless as he was ever-present. His art unfussy, his ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Stewart Perkins (WR Logan)

Stewart Perkins, Bristol 2004. Photo courtesy PJ Holden

Writer Richmond Clements, co-editor of FutureQuake, pays tribute to an unsung hero of British comics – and particularly 2000AD – fandom, whose death was announced at the weekend… There has been a running black joke this year about the innumerable number of good people who’ve been dying. In our nerd culture, the many fandoms have their own leaders, their own personalities. ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Darwyn Cooke

Darwyn Cooke

I was very sad to learn yesterday of the sudden passing of the extraordinary Canadian comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator Darwyn Cooke, whose death to cancer was announced by his family this weekend. He was just 53. This short statement, following quickly on news that Darwyn was being treated for cancer, was published on the “Almost Darwyn Cooke” blog on Saturday: ... Read More »

Remembering Gil Page: A Personal Tribute by David Hunt

Former comics editor David Hunt pays tribute to one of the great, and largely unsung force behind the success of British comics over several decades – Gil Page, who died earlier this week. I last saw my dear friend Gil Page a couple of weeks back. With Bob Paynter and Stan McDonald (giants of the industry it had been my privilege ... Read More »

In Memoriam: IPC Managing Editor Gil Page

We’re sorry to report the passing of Gil Page, an editorial stalwart of Amalgamated Press, Fleetway, IPC and latterly Egmont, as that company’s Managing Editor. He passed away peacefully in his sleep earlier in the week, aged 79. “Gil was extremely professional in everything he did, but this likeable man never forgot his roots,” former editor David Hunt, whose credits ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Illustrator and Comic Artist Shirley Bellwood

Shirley Bellwood. Photo courtesy author Max Harris

The very welcome reveal of 2000AD‘s cover of their first Misty collection – featuring art from a 1980 Misty Special – came tinged with the sad news of the passing of the much-admired artist who painted it, Shirley Bellwood, who had been ill for some time. She was 84. Rebellion’s Keith Richardson announced her passing on the Get Misty Back in ... Read More »

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