In Memoriam: Comics Letterer Albert Deschesne

We’re sorry to report the passing of comics letterer, colourist and inker Albert Deschesne, whose numerous credits include District X, Nova and Tim Perkins’ Worlds End graphic novel; remembered here by Comicraft’s Richard Starkings…

Albert Deschesne, who had lettered for Comicraft for some 23 of our 25 years, passed away unexpectedly yesterday.

Albert was renowned in the Comicraft studio for coming up with clever lettering shortcuts, priding himself on being a Power User of Mac computers — from teaching us all Quickeys to figuring out a way of “tricking a PC into thinking it was a Mac” — and keeping everyone’s computers up and running back when freezes and crashes were a regular part of the day.

Albert lettered the first volume of Tim Perkins Worlds End graphic novel series

Albert was as sweethearted as they come, and unselfishly shared his discoveries when it came to doing things faster or better. He came up with the brilliant Layer Method of merging tails and balloons, as a way of making corrections quicker and easier.

There isn’t a letterer in the industry today that doesn’t owe Albert a debt of gratitude for that technique alone.

Albert’s knowledge of DC characters and history was unrivaled at Comicraft, and he was enjoying working on the relaunch of Justice League as recently as last week.

Years ago, when DC sent a Superman bathrobe to Comicraft for Christmas, Albert unashamedly took it home. He was proud to be a geek long before it was fashionable.

Albert was a cancer survivor and although we knew that he struggled off and on with health issues, I guess we always thought he would battle through for many more years to come.

We will miss his unbridled enthusiasm for everything comics, computers, movies and gaming, and his unflagging good cheer.

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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