Monday, August 13, 2007

The passing of Mike Wieringo

I'm sure most of you have heard about the passing of one of comics greatest talents, Mike Wieringo. You can read the story here: http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=125110

I spent most of my formative-art-years reading Mike's books. He drew my favorite spider-man of all time and I gleaned so much knowledge from watching him work. I had the pleasure of meeting Mike in O'Hare Airport when I was 15. I, many years later, sent him a PM on Drawingboard.org discussing the meeting that, for me, was an aspiring artist's dream.


My PM to Mike:
My buddy and I met you about 10 years ago... My friend moved away to North Carolina the previous year and came back to Chicago for the Chicago Comicon. After the con we took him to the airport and went to the gate with him (back when you could do that sort of thing). When we were there waiting we saw you flipping through an early copy of the next Wizards mag.

Like the fanboys we were (and still are) we approached you to see if we could glean any kind of tidbits of drawing expertise off of you. We didn't have the time to talk so much about art but what we DID experience was your incredible generosity.

You didn't give us custom drawings or offer to teach us all we wanted to know about drawing. You were just... nice! Lots of people when they are approached by fans become stand-offish and off-put (and other hyphenated words with "off" in them). You just talked to us like friends. You showed us your early copy of Wizard and chatted about general things in North Carolina.

Long story not quite as long, you were a real great guy to meet. I loved your art and you were cool to boot. Moments like that is what kept me working to become a good artist. Now I live in San Francisco and I am a concept artist on a new MMORPG.

Anyhoo, thanks for letting me waste your time.

Mike Henry!


Mike's response:
Mike,

I remember that.

Thanks very much for the kind words. Believe me-- no matter WHERE I am, if someone appreciates and enoys my work enough to approach me and let me know, it's thoroughly gratifying and not something I would ever take for granted. I feel so fortunate to have even broken INTO this business.... much less still be working steadily in it some 14-15 years later... so thank YOU for being such cool people.

It's one of the things I love about comic books....

Mike


This is a long ass journal, but to those who never really new a thing about him I wanted to illustrate how kind he was.

That is really all I can offer on the subject. He will be universally missed.

M!

1 comment:

Mokuu said...

It really burns me down, the guy was cool, replied to your PM on DA of all places, i even bought his sketchbook/Modern Masters Volume 9 and nearly dropped a tear, i had never seen his sketchbook, always adored his inks and as soon as i saw those sketches....it really, REALLY hurts, he was taken away before his time.....