RIP Mike Wieringo

Like the rest of the comics community, I was shocked and saddened to hear of artist Mike Wieringo’s demise at the age of 44 from a heart attack. He was talented, he was creative, but most important, he was a very nice, caring man.

KC and I were supposed to have dinner with Ringo, Todd Dezago, and Craig Rousseau at Heroes Con a couple of months ago. In fact, they were one of the reasons we went. We’d been burning out on the hurry-hurry convention circuit, but the promise of a relaxing meal with great people we care about seemed wonderful. Sadly, our schedules didn’t coincide, so we said we’d catch up at Baltimore next month instead.

Now, that won’t happen, but what I regret most is the art we won’t see and the people who won’t learn and be touched by Ringo in the future. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. The family has asked that memorial donations be made to ASPCA or The Hero Initiative.

I explained briefly to a friend at work why I was having trouble concentrating this morning, and his response to hearing of the sad story was very thoughtful: “Comics allowed your friend to leave something timeless behind of himself, and it’s a rare few who achieve that.” At least we still have his work.


4 Responses to “RIP Mike Wieringo”

  1. Tim O'Shea Says:

    I’m so glad I got a chance to thank ‘ringo for his work on his recent Spidey/FF mini with Parker when I was at HeroesCon this year. Never have I met a person in which his level of talent was only exceeded by the degree to which he was humble. I hope Kirby met him at the gates of whatever afterlife there is. As much as I know he was respected, my sadness is eased by the outpouring of praise that has been rained on the man today.

  2. Barry Says:

    I’m stunned. My condolences to his family and friends, you and KC amongst them. He was far, far too young.

  3. New Rage Order Says:

    [...] heartening to see both comic fans and pros pay their respects to Wieringo. There was a quote on Comics Worth Reading about Wieringo’s passing that I felt was particularly [...]

  4. Serge Flameling Says:

    I just found out mr. wieringo died. Over here,in the Netherlands we mostly knew him for his work on spider-man as this is the only titel he worked on that was published here. I was able to get my hands on most issues of Tellos, wich in my opinion was much to short lived. I found his art quite unique, refreshing and inspiring. I love to draw and his art really had a great influence on my own style of drawing (although i’ll never get close to his talent). I can’t believe he is gone. And at such an early age as well. It doesnt seem fair. My sincear condolences to his family and friends. I’m sure i speak for all his fans when i say that he will be missed and that the comic book industry has lost one of the greats. I have nothing but the deepest respect for him and the great work he did over the years.

    Thank you, Mr. wieringo, for all the great work you did.




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