Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Ringo: Tellos Mourning
Koj and Jarek from Mike and Todd's book Tellos, while fictional characters, also will feel the loss of Mike Wieringo. Even thought it as been a long while since we've seen new Tellos material, Mike LOVED those characters and that world. If any of you kept up with his blog, it was never too long before he would return to draw his Tellos characters.
Today will be the only sad drawing for Mike though. The thing that bugged Mike the most about comics today was that it seemed that there was no more room for fun in comics. Mike was 44, but artistically he wanted to be 12 forever. Don't get me wrong, Mike could get as pissed about things as anyone and he did not hold back when letting out his feelings about the direction things have gone. He would joke, "Damn Skottie, you probably get sick of me calling and bitching about comics." But I knew that is wasn't coming from a bad place. He just wanted to draw fun things and didn't think that it was bad to want to do kid stories. He thought things got too serious in comics, and that he didn't fit here anymore. But we know that's not true. It wasn't Mike that didn't fit. It was comics in general that has cut itself off from all the great creators out there, including Mike, to offer less and less options. But, while he might not have been thrilled with what he was doing, he always had big ideas stacked up and waiting for him to focus on. That is the saddest part to me. The ideas that Mike talked about getting one day...unfortunately will never find their way to our hands. That one day will never come.
So, that's what I will take away from this. The term one day, or some day, or later will no longer be a part of me. This lets me know that those phrases could very well be tomorrow. There will be no more putting off what I want to accomplish...One day is today.
I will miss Mike's passion for what he loved. Even when that passion came off as flat out complaining...haha. It all comes from the same place.