Dear Comic Art Fan,
As most of you probably know, superstar comic artist Michael Turner passed away last Friday following an eight year battle with cancer. After breaking into the business drawing Witchblade for Top Cow, Turner launched his own label, Aspen Comics, where he created Fathom and Soulfire. His cover work was in constant demand and both DC and Marvel hired him for their biggest titles and crossover events such as Identity Crisis, Civil War, and Justice League of America. To see some of the finest examples of his talent, please check out the CAF gallery of Turner's friend and Aspen partner, Frank Mastromauro.
But despite his ability to draw dynamic action and beautiful women, most people who knew Turner or even just met him briefly at a signing or convention remember him best for being friendly and gregarious with everyone and willing to go the extra mile for his fans. Even after multiple surgeries that made it excruciating to sit for long periods of time, Turner would show up at conventions to sign and sketch for his legions of fans. And he had kind word and bright smile for each of them.
On behalf of CAF, I would like to offer the sincere condolences of the entire community to Michael Turner's family and friends. He was a fantastic artist and a great guy in an industry that needs more of both.
Anyone who wishes to send a personal condolence can do so at the contact information listed below.
Aspen MLT, Inc.
C/O Michael Turner
5855 Green Valley Circle, Suite 111
Culver City, CA, 90230
To make charitable donations in Michael Turner's name please contact the American Cancer Society or the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
See you next week. And to all my fellow Americans, enjoy the Independence Day weekend.