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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #330 on: December 18, 2018, 02:30:56 PM »
Actress and director Penny Marshall has passed away at age 75.

I am devastated. Laverne & Shirley has been my favorite show for 20 years, since they first put it on Nick at Nite. My username is actually a reference to the show. When I was a kid I wanted to BE Penny Marshall. I've been scrolling through Twitter and crying for about 20 minutes now and need to stop. RIP, Penny

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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #331 on: December 19, 2018, 01:24:43 AM »
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Actress and director Penny Marshall has passed away at age 75.

I am devastated. Laverne & Shirley has been my favorite show for 20 years, since they first put it on Nick at Nite. My username is actually a reference to the show. When I was a kid I wanted to BE Penny Marshall. I've been scrolling through Twitter and crying for about 20 minutes now and need to stop. RIP, Penny

No way!  More sad news in 2018.

Wow, I used to watch Laverne & Shirley as a kid on Nick at Nite too, and I would share those moments with my mom (since she's been a huge fan of the show since it originally aired on TV back in the '70s). 

I also thought it was cool that she had a cameo in the Hocus Pocus movie.  XD

Another film/TV icon gone too soon...
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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #332 on: December 19, 2018, 01:42:50 PM »
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No way!  More sad news in 2018.

Wow, I used to watch Laverne & Shirley as a kid on Nick at Nite too, and I would share those moments with my mom (since she's been a huge fan of the show since it originally aired on TV back in the '70s). 

I also thought it was cool that she had a cameo in the Hocus Pocus movie.  XD

Another film/TV icon gone too soon...
Weird trivia about that cameo:
Penny Marshall's character in HOCUS POCUS is married to Garry Marshall's character.  Garry and Penny are brother and sister.  That casting director is either fiendishly evil or devilishly cheeky!

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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #333 on: January 02, 2019, 11:29:29 AM »
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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #334 on: January 03, 2019, 02:16:03 PM »
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Weird trivia about that cameo:
Penny Marshall's character in HOCUS POCUS is married to Garry Marshall's character.  Garry and Penny are brother and sister.  That casting director is either fiendishly evil or devilishly cheeky!

Ha ha!  I know!  I always thought someome had a sense of humor there... XD
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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #335 on: January 12, 2019, 07:38:23 PM »
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Batton Lash, creator of the Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre comic and later known as Supernatural Law,  passed away this morning at home with family and friends, after suffering from brain cancer. He was 65.

In 1979, he began writing and drawing the Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre comic strip for The Brooklyn Paper, then picked up by the The National Law Journal, running for over fifteen years, about a small firm of lawyers who represent supernatural cases. It found a wider audience and, with his wife Jackie Estrada, they then self-published it as a comic book, Supernatural Law, from 1994.

He also wrote comic book titles such as The Simpsons and Radioactive Man for Bongo Comics, as well as the famous Archie Meets The Punisher crossover and collaborated with James Hudnall on a number of political cartoons. Most recently he created The First Gentleman Of The Apocalypse for David Lloyd’s Aces Weekly digital comics publication.

He was married to Jackie Estrada, the Eisner Awards organiser, and one of the longest standing San Diego Comic-Con organisers. Their self-publishing house Exhibit A Press always has a booth at the show, which I would always visit. Batton was notable impeccable attired, full of positive energy for his public, and brought an indepth knowledge to his comic that transformed it from a one-line high concept to a thoroughly researched and fascinating procedural. I know there’s a sketch I did of his characters that ended up in the back of an issue of Supernatural Law to my great delight.

Many comics professionals are sharing their thoughts, memories and commiserations. Here are just a few.

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So very sad to hear about Batton Lash’s death. Bat was always so nice to me. He befriended me at early San Diego cons when I was just a young English writer. He made fun of me sweetly later, in Wolff & Byrd. He was gentle, funny, kind. Love to Jackie Estrada, his wife & partner.

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Many of us were devastated as word spread on Saturday that the comics world had lost cartoonist and writer Batton Lash. Batton was best known for his long-running signature work Supernatural Law (aka “Wolff & Byrd: Counselors of the Macabre”) and the quirky crossover hit Archie Meets The Punisher, but he was far more than the sum of his credits. He was a pioneer of self-publishing who stuck to his independent ways long after many of his peers had called it a day; one of the earliest established creators to move from print to digital; and one of the great ambassadors of comics to the wider world. He was also a witty and charming man, a comic art maven second to none, a beloved figure to many in our industry, and a dear friend.

My personal friendship with Bat began in 1997 when I stopped by the booth of Exhibit A Press – the publishing enterprise that he co-founded with his wife, longtime Eisner Awards administrator Jackie Estrada – at my very first San Diego Comic-Con. Then as now, the Exhibit A booth was smack in the middle of the floor, occupying an unmissable patch of real estate on the corner of two major aisles near the Hall C door, just across from DC’s massive pavilion. Bat would do his damnedest to make sure no one coming in any direction would leave without seeing a copy of Wolff & Byrd, or at least admiring his impeccably-tailored vintage attire. I have to believe that the combination of the booth’s prime location and Bat’s extroverted, take-no-prisoners Brooklyn approach to customer service, accounted for a big chunk of Supernatural Law’s ability to endure in what became a very rough market for self-published books.

We hit it off immediately, but our friendship really solidified when Bat and Jackie met my wife Eunice, who soon became a staff assistant to Jackie at the Eisners. For 20 years, the Tuesday night before the start of SDCC was “Batton and Jackie night,” where the four of us would grab dinner, catch up, plot and gossip about the upcoming Con. In those early days, we were merely fans with aspirations to get more closely connected to the industry, starstruck by the cavalcade of legendary creators who descended on San Diego every summer. Bat and Jackie invited us into that circle, extended genuine friendship, and spent hundreds of hours over the years hanging out with us in hotel bars, exhibit halls, late-night diners and after-hours parties at cons all over the country.

From the outpouring of condolence and affection that greeted Jackie’s announcement of Batton’s passing on Facebook on Saturday, it’s clear that our experience with him was typical of hundreds, maybe thousands, of people from industry insiders to fans and friends. He was loved by many, and remembered by more than three decades’ worth of creators for being a voice of encouragement and a source of support. Sure, he had sharp elbows and non-conforming political views that rubbed some people the wrong way over the years, but I think even the people who didn’t particularly like him recognized him as a vivacious character and respected him – maybe begrudgingly – for his ability to persevere in the industry on his own terms.

Strictly on the business side, Bat was an innovator in a couple of ways. He was part of the first wave of creators who heeded Dave Sim’s rallying cry to self-publish, joining folks like Jeff Smith, Terry Moore and Carla Speed McNeil as the vanguard of a new indie comics movement in the early 1990s. In so doing, he and Jackie became entrepreneurs not just in the way that any freelancer has to hustle up work and manage their own career, but by taking on all the responsibilities of producing, distributing and publicizing their work – all before Kickstarter and social media.

Like those other self-publishing pioneers, Bat chose subject matter with broad appeal to both traditional comic readers and more casual fans who might have been intimidated by the dense, violent, continuity-heavy style of superhero comics in the 80s and 90s. Supernatural Law follows the exploits of two attorneys who defend an assortment of ghosts, monsters and creatures of the night in an endlessly inventive series of stories that combine legal concepts with elements of the occult. Drawn in a style that combines elements of Steve Ditko, Will Eisner and Archie’s Dan DeCarlo, Batton kept the mood light and the storytelling crisp, with the pages full of background gags and occasional Easter Eggs for hardcore Silver Age comics fans like himself. Maybe some people came for the monsters, but readers kept coming back for the great characterizations and subplots involving his likeable cast of characters. 

For years, Supernatural Law was the comic I’d recommend for new readers who didn’t like superheroes and didn’t want anything too arty or heavy. Unfortunately, the series was at its height during the mid- to late 1990s, when the comic industry was facing economic peril and there were few paths to market for independently published books. Today, the racks are groaning with intelligent, non-superhero genre books aiming for that same crossover audience that people like Batton risked so much to try to break through to.

He and Jackie were also among the first established creators to move their property from print to digital distribution, using the free digital comics as source material for periodic trade collections. Supernatural Law went online in 2005, and Batton’s most recent creative work, a strip called “The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse,” is distributed exclusively through David Lloyd’s digital-only anthology Aces Weekly. They were also successful early adopters of crowdfunding, using Kickstarter to publish several new collections of Supernatural Law and two volumes of Jackie’s photos of industry professionals over the years.

Most of all, Batton Lash was a presence in the comics community. He was a raconteur, a bon vivant, surely the best dressed man in any room he happened to be in, and, along with Jackie, a “king and queen,” in the apt words of comics scholar/librarian Karen Green, of a small inner circle of long-time creators, professionals, retailers, convention organizers and superfans whose efforts helped the comics industry cohere and survive through choppy business and cultural headwinds.

To old-timers who would come to SDCC and grumble about the out-of-control crowds and imposing Hollywood megabooths, seeing the familiar Exhibit A Press table at the center of the floor, and Batton holding court with fans old and new, was as encouraging as seeing a lone single-family home sandwiched between skyscrapers: a monument to the dogged persistence of individual grit in the face of corporate commercialism.

Bat lost his two-year fight with brain cancer on Saturday. In the end, that was the only thing that could still his voice. I’ll be hoisting a glass of Merlot in your honor at the Hilton Bar this summer, Bat, and I’m sure I won’t be alone.

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sdcomicfest We regret to inform you that our good friend Batton Lash has passed away at age 65 after a battle with brain cancer.

Batton Lash was a passionate cartoonist influenced by the works of Steve Ditko and Will Eisner. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York and began a prolific career as a cartoonist. He works spanned everything from Supernatural Law to his crossover classic Archie Meets the Punisher.

We were always happy to have him as a Special Guest at our show. He was always the best dressed man in the room, friendly and forthcoming to everyone he spoke with.

We are deeply saddenen by his passing. Goodbye Batton, thank you for all you have done. We will miss you.

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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #336 on: February 05, 2019, 09:45:44 PM »
Julie Adams from "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" passed away today.

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« Reply #337 on: February 06, 2019, 09:01:07 AM »
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Julie Adams from "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" passed away today.

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I just re-watched that two weeks ago.
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« Reply #338 on: February 07, 2019, 07:52:16 AM »
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Sad news today. Our good friend, Artists Alley volunteer, and all-around great guy Ed Cavanaugh has passed away after a long battle with colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.

I met Ed Cavanaugh 10 years ago through my friend Phil Philip Lindsten. He was a fellow photographer and feels good friend. Over the years I had gotten to know Ed and he was a remarkable man.

He started off with humble beginnings and worked as a dishwasher until he joined the Navy. While there The Navy found out ed was a genius, and he was a nuclear engineer on submarines for many years. After he retired from the Navy he went to work as a nuclear engineer for San Onofre until the plant closed a couple years ago.

Ed had a fun loving and disarmingly charming personality. He could make even the grumpiest people smile. He was very quick to make friends and he was one of the most fun loving people I’ve ever met.

We will miss him very much.

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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #339 on: March 04, 2019, 09:55:43 AM »
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Actor Luke Perry, known for roles in “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Riverdale,” has died after suffering a stroke on Wednesday. He was 52.

Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Perry moved to Los Angeles after high school to pursue acting. His TV career began when he was 16, and the actor cut his teeth acting in soap operas like ABC’s “Loving” and “Another World” on NBC, and doing voice work for animated series such as “The Incredible Hulk” and “Biker Mice From Mars.”

However, in 1990 Perry became a household name for playing the brooding loner Dylan McKay on the smash hit teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” on Fox. The show became a phenomenon, catapulting Perry to full-blown teen idol status. He appeared on a racy Vanity Fair cover in July 1992.

Perry had two runs on “90210,” one from 1990 to 1995 and another from 1998 to the show’s end in 2000, during which time his character struggled with alcohol abuse and drug addiction, and went through a series of tumultuous relationships with several other main characters including Brenda (played by Shannen Doherty) and Kelly (played by Jennie Garth).

Coincidentally, the Perry was hospitalized the same day Fox announced a six-episode revival of the show, featuring returning cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling. Perry had not been announced to return.

While starring in “90210,” Perry made a brief appearance as Billy Masterson in Luc Besson’s whacky sci-fi pic “The Fifth Element” in 1997.

More recently, Perry made a successful return to the TV drama genre with a regular role on the CW show “Riverdale.” He played Fred Andrews, the conservative, old-fashioned yet soft father of the show’s lead Archie Andrews (KJ Apa).

He will appear posthumously in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” playing the real-life Canadian-American actor Wayne Maunder who starred in the CBS Western TV show “Lancer.”

Perry is survived by his daughter Sophie and his son Jack, a professional wrestler who goes by the ring name “Jungle Boy” Nate Coy.
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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #340 on: March 04, 2019, 10:07:52 AM »
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OMG! I actually just read about his stroke. That is awful! I grew up on 90210. RIP

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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #341 on: March 04, 2019, 10:20:43 AM »
Wow... I used to watch him on 90210, and now I watch him on Riverdale.

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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #342 on: March 04, 2019, 10:24:40 AM »
I don't think I ever watched a full episode of 90210. My main memory of him was his bit role on The Fifth Element.

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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #343 on: March 04, 2019, 10:33:03 AM »
So much love to the Riverdale fandom.  Sudden deaths of people on current shows tends to affect people pretty hard  :'(  Not my fandom, but goodness I'm sending my love to y'all.
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« Reply #344 on: March 04, 2019, 10:37:24 AM »
I was really sad to hear this, I grew up watching him on 90210 and love him in Riverdale. 

This is kinda odd:

Carrie Fisher canceled on Denver comic con and had a stroke and died within a year.
Luke Perry canceled the next year and died from a stroke within a year.

I really only noticed because they were two stars I really wanted to see and now never will get a chance.
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