Monday, August 13, 2007
A Friend has Passed: Mike Wieringo 1963-2007
Today the news that Mike Wieringo passed away on Sunday is all over the interent. I am actually trying to figure out a way to tell myself that it's all a big hoax. It is just too sad to try and believe. He was only 44.
I don't have to tell most of you what Mike meant to the art and comic world. He's probably a big reason that some of us are doing this today. But over the years, Mike had become a very good friend to me and spent many hours on the phone talking about art, bitching about...well everything, and just flat out trying to find away to keep pushing this medium. Mike was a veteran in this game and was always there to show his support to a young newbie like me. When the "cartoony" art that I draw wasn't floating with some people, Mike would be the guy to call me up and say "fuck em!" "they don't get it"...haha. He was a lively guy and had so much love for creating. Even here, some of you might have noticed his posts about trying to inspire new artists to come along and show us how to do it.
Mike will be missed by many, including me. So, this week's drawings will be tributes to good ol' Ringo.