- Posted by Johanna on August 13, 2007 at 8:41 pm
- Category: Comic News
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.