So, as I am sure anyone who reads anything comics related online has heard, Mike Wieringo died recently of a heart attack.
Being a guy who pays more attention to the words on the page rather than the art, I didn't know at first who he was or why it was such a major loss. I recognized the name, which means he must have been pretty damned talented as I rarely ever even notice artists unless they also write. Or are Alex Ross level talents. After a brief look online, though, i found out why i should care and where I know this man from. He has done some of the most amazingly beautiful, cartoon-like work I have ever seen.
I just finished reading one of his last books, that being Spider-Man and Fantastic Four as well as a number of issues of Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.
Even more important, in my eyes, is his part in creating a character that ended up being one of my favorites in the DC Universe.
I am saddened that I will never have the chance to meet him. I want to thank him for his work in keeping comics fun.