Wow. What a heartbreak of a morning.
When I read the headline at the Newsarama blog that said "Mike Wieringo Passes Away," my soul sank. "Please," I thought, "let this be a play on the title of some book he's working on, a bad joke, anything..."
But unfortunately, it's true. The excellent artist Mike Wieringo has died at the age of 44 from a heart attack. He was a talented guy with one of the best reputations in comics.
I'm sad to say I never met the man in person, but like probably so many people in the industry, I received nice notes from him or saw nice things he said about books I was working on in various places. He worked on one of Oni's Sidekicks books for practically nothing, a volunteer on the project because he was a fan. He was so talented, so sweet...this really hurts.
Please check out his blog. He updated it on Friday. It's weird that his final post was about mundane things, but I guess that's how life works, and hopefully means he was having a good time and doing what was important to him.
This picture really says a lot, doesn't it?
Good luck, Mike, in whatever afterlife you chose for yourself.