Sunday, June 29, 2008

Random Thoughts and Musings

It is one day after finding out about Michael Turner's death, and Jim and I are still reeling a bit. Turner was a truly nice guy, and he fought his cancer bravely for a long time. We are truly mourning his absence, and Jim is going to work with his Space Goat crew to raise money for the American Cancer Society in Turner's name. I will have more details on that in the coming days.

In the past, I have had my moment of being critical of Turner's art, and it is hard to justify it now in the aftermath of his loss hitting so hard. It makes me wonder how ill he was when still drawing the covers that caused so much controversy. It also makes me feel guilty for questioning his skills. I remember getting my hands on the first eight issues of the Witchblade series and having a realization that I was witnessing something special. To call into question his talents so close to the end of his time on this earth is a hard thing to consider.

I guess the bottom line is that Turner is at peace now, and that the past is the past. I will always admire his talent and achievements, but will mostly remember what a kind, humble guy he was. Rest in Peace.

That being said, the news about Erik Larsen stepping down as publisher of Image, just doesn't resonate. It is about time, as Larsen needs to focus on his creative work and let Eric Stephenson handle the business aspects.

Other then that, the news coming out of Wizard World Chicago just doesn't register. Lots of stuff will happen in comics down the road- yada, yada, yada. Wow, big surprise there! Heh.

I am recovering from our garage sale yesterday. I had inventory at work Thursday and Friday, and worked from 7 a.m to 10 p.m. and 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m respectively. Needless to say, by the time I got up at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, I was operating on auto pilot. Then it got up to 100 degrees here and the last couple of hours of our sale were sweltering.

The good news to come out of this is that we made money, got rid of a bunch of perfectly fine stuff we didn't need, and were able to donate to Goodwill before it was all over. Jim and I are a bit shell-shocked at how much room we have freed up. Next weekend it will be time for a trip to the dump with all the stuff that was broken or battered and then we will be able to take a moment and decide if we should have another garage sale this fall.

I took a two and a half hour nap yesterday and then we went and saw Wanted. It was interesting to say the least. As someone who had read the orignal series when it came out, I was a bit surprised at how very different it was, especially the second half. For the most part, I liked it, but much like the comic, it ended in a jarring, unsatisfying way.

Now that I have rambled, it is time to close. It is over 100 degrees again and we need to go grocery shopping and load up the tables we used for the sale. Take care, and stay cool in the heat. See you here tomorrow.


Devil Doll said...

I don't think you need to feel bad about how you talked about Turner's art. I actually didn't care for most of his art at all, but I had great sympathy for him as a person battling a terminal illness, and great respect for what he managed to do while he was in so much pain and so sick.

I won't miss seeing his work, but I do mourn the loss of a good person who brought many people happiness while he was alive. They are two different things.

Heidi Meeley said...

Devil Doll, that makes sense. I appreciate the fact that Turner was one of the nicest, insanely bravest guys around. I was touched by his courage- I don't know if I could have soldiered on like he did. He is certainly an example of selflessness.

It does bother me that I didn't stop more to think about the fact that he was so ill but continued to work. He could have very easily rested on his laurels, but chose to keep his fingers in the pie, and keep livelihoods assured.

While I was really unsure of his work in the last few years, I will always remember him as a person and the fact that he was a trail blazer.

You are right that it is okay. I will always admire the essence of this truly admirable person even though I wasn't always his biggest fan.

Thank you for that. It really does help.