Remembering A True Comic Art Master
"In life, we shall find many men that are great, and some men that are good, but very few men that are both great and good."
- Charles Caleb Colton
This site was created a few days after Michael Turner's passing. When I first heard the news, I felt as if I'd been kicked in the gut. I didn't speak at all for nearly half an hour as I tried to make sense of the news I'd heard. Sure, it wasn't a complete shock, Mike had been ill for eight years and recently he'd been worse…but still, it seemed as though Mike would always find a way to triumph over his illness. I guess I'd started to take for granted that he would live to a ripe old age, despite the cancer that had been plaguing him and was a known terminal cancer. Chondrosarcoma isn't really one of those cancers that people "beat", it's just a matter of how long. For the next few days, I spent more time in tears than not it seems.
During the next several days, I spent a lot of time scouring the internet looking at what people had to say about Michael's passing. One thing I noticed during this time, was that all of this information seemed very fragmented. It seemed to me that there should be a good single source for people who cared about Michael and his loved his work to come and share their love of his art, share memories, and to just generally remember hime and what he meant to them and the comic community.
While talking to a good friend of mine, he reminded me that "what's important now is that Mike be remembered", to which I replied, "how could I ever forget him? My office is practically a shrine to him". Well, the next day, it occurred to me that I should build a "shrine" to Michael online and preserve his memory for all to share and enjoy.
With that in mind, I hope you enjoy this site, contribute to it, and share any memories of Michael you have with others so that everyone who didn't get the chance to know him, can know, not just what an incredible artist he was, but also what an AMAZING person he really was.