Cover to Identity Crisis #6 by Michael Turner
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
As you know, today is our garage sale, and we have been up since 5:30 a.m. doing our thing. Imagine my surprise when I came in the house to grab a bite to eat and upon turning to Newsarama, found out that Michael Turner has passed away.
There are no words.
Much like Mike Wieringo, Turner was a peer. He was young, sweet, and relatable. His art has a universal appeal that will last many years after his time on this earth. He helped put Witchblade and Top Cow on the map. His struggles with cancer have been well documented, and Turner has always fought the battle with bravery and dignity, continuing to work until the end.
It is a horrible loss and a sad shame to acknowledge the fact that he is no longer with us.
My heart is in pieces. There is no justification to this. I have a huge lump in my throat.
There are no words.
We heard while at Wizard. At first we thought it must be just a rumor, not true. But later we discovered it was, unfortunately, true. The mood at Chicago was definitely more somber due to it.
Lisa, I went to your blog and checked out your pics and your report. It definitely sounds like the folks there weren't convinced at first. It was just such sad news. Turner always seemed like he could beat this, you know?
His death affected so many folks. I can't even imagine how it felt to be at the show with such tough news.
Heidi - the one thing I was glad to see at the convention is that there weren't people mobbing the Aspen booth buying up Turner stuff thinking they'd get rich off of it. If anything, their booth seemed strangely quiet - a very large booth with few guests visiting. I was worried once I knew it was true that the crowd would suddenly become greedy, as they sometimes do (Heath Ledger's death created a large demand for Batman merchandise w/his likeness) and mob the booth to later try to unload their purchases on eBay. Thankfully it did not look like that was happening. It seemed like people were genuinely sorry about the loss rather than just being greedy. While I am sure there are people like that out there now, at least they showed some respect at the convention once the announcement was made.
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