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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:12 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

My understanding is that he'd been in extremely poor health for some time, and that he may have killed himself to end the suffering. Sad. Belatedly, RIP.

Also somewhat belatedly: RIP John Severin. A classic comics artist, and a man who would have been a giant in the funnybook industry if he hadn't been smart enough to get out of it in favor of far more lucrative work in humor magazines.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ralph McQuarrie.
age 82

So so so sad, this one. The man who brought the original Star Wars designs to life first, on canvas. Also Battlestar Galactica, ET, Close Encounters, Cocoon...

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/04/showbiz/star-wars-death/index.html

http://www.ralphmcquarrie.com/

Imperious Leader:


Darth Vader and his Storm Trooper knights:


The Duel between Darth Vader and... everybody else in one character?


Probot (I had this trading card):


Luke vs. AT-AT:


Vader Helmet design:


R2 & C-3PO:

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm delighted that they made figures of Ralph McQuarrie's initial designs.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOw! Yeah. I had no clue til you mentioned it. Thanks, Gregory!

http://www.sandtroopers.com/sandwatch/mcquarrie/
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray Bradbury.

I can't even be saddened by his passing. I'm too busy reeling as I remember the full range of his works. I knew the electric grandmother story before I was in school. Something Wicked This Way Comes scared the crap out of me before I ever heard the name Bradbury. Then I found his books, and he seemed to be able to write anything. Looking at his bibliography and seeing titles I recognize, it seems like he wrote everything. Much like King, he was a storyteller most famous as a genre author.

Check out this archive of X Minus One, a mid-century radio show. Check out the great writers they adapted. "The Veldt" is here. I love that story. I love Illustrated Man and I Sing the Body Electric. I haven't read Fahrenheit 451 in ages. I need to fix that.

I'm glad we're reminded of him so soon after going nuts for seeing Venus pass before the sun. Seems right. I mean, if it was Mars, forget it, it'd be too much to bear.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link to X Minus 1, Greg.  Paul is currently planning on spending the evening pouring over Bradbury stuff he hasn't read in a long time as well.  RIP.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I posted a link to that X Minus One stuff a couple years ago. That really got me thru an extended flu (like a week in bed) back in Japan. Great, great stuff.

I agree, Gregory, that I can't even really be sad about the man's death. He was old, and he earned his rest.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony Soprano sleeps with the fishes.

Rest in Peace James Gandolfini.

Age 51(!)
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://herocomplex.latimes.com/bo...back-at-his-big-screen-legacy/#/0

Richard Matheson.

Godfather of the "zombie" genre (Romero was inspired by I Am Legend when making NotLD) and the "vampirism as plague" plot, among other Twilight Zone fodder and spooky stuff.

February 20, 1926 June 23, 2013

Rest in Peace.
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I liked him and considered him a significant genre writer but I had no clue of his range of work and influence.


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