In Memoriam 2015


-By Arnie Fenner







Let's take a few moments to celebrate the lives of the members of our art family who left us in 2015. This is, sadly, a rather long list; I've included links where I could so that you can learn a bit more about some of these remarkable creatives.










Jane Aaron b 1935 • Artist/Animator












Brad Anderson b 1924 • Cartoonist












Howard Anderson b 1920 • VFX Artist












Murphy Anderson b 1926 • Comic Artist












Steven Archer b 1957 • Stop-Motion Artist












Jon Arfstrom b 1928 • Artist










Henri Arnold b 1917 • Cartoonist












Paul Bacon b 1923 • Graphic Artist







Luis Bermejo b 1931 • Comic Artist












James O. Berry b 1932 • Cartoonist












Roger Bollen b 1941 • Cartoonist










Marcia Brown b 1919 • Artist












Kate Chappell b 1985 • VFX Artist










Tim Corrigan b 1950 • Cartoonist







John Cooper b 1942 • Comic Artist










Mel Crawford b 1925 • Artist










Stephen Czerkas b 1951 • VFX/Paleo Artist










Roy Doty b 1922 • Cartoonist










Brett Ewins b 1955 • Comic Artist







Otto Frello b 1924 • Artist










Ernst Fuchs b 1930 • Painter










Blaine Gibson b 1918 • Sculptor










S. “Gopulu” Gopalan b 1924 • Cartoonist










Michael C. Gross b 1945 • Artist/Art Director







Steve Hanks b 1949 • Painter










Irwin Hasen b 1918 • Cartoonist










Jack Jurden b 1926 • Cartoonist










Gordon Kent b 1954 • Artist/Animator












Alan Kupperberg b 1953 • Comic Artist










Norman Lee b 1968 • Comic Artist










Charles F. "Chuck" Miller b 1952 • Publisher










Shigeru Mizuki b 1922 • Manga Artist










Tom Moore b 1929 • Comic Artist











Leonard Nimoy b 1931 • Actor/Director/Photographer










Earl Norem b 1924 • Artist










Noriyoshi Ohrai b 1935 • Artist










Glen Orbik b 1963 • Artist










Monty Oum b 1981 • Animator







Jay Scott Pike b 1924 • Artist










Stephen “The Pizz” Pizzurro b 1958 • Lowbrow Artist







Peter Pontiac b 1951 • Cartoonist/Underground Comix Artist










James R. Powell b 1972 • Artist










Claire Prebble b 1985 • Artist/Costume Designer










Gerard Quinn b 1927 • Artist











Kája Saudek b 1935 • Comic Artist










Nelson Shanks b 1937 • Painter










Aaron Shikler b 1922 • Artist







Leonard Starr b 1925 • Comic Artist/Cartoonist










Yoshihiro Tatsumi b 1935 • Gekiga Artist










Herb Trimpe b 1939 • Comic Artist










Francis Tsai b 1968 • Artist







Carson Van Osten b 1945 • Artist







Cliff Voorhees b 1930 • Comic Artist/Animator







Don "D." West b 1945 • Fan Artist













Jim Whiting b 1926 • Cartoonist










Hermann Zaph b 1918 • Calligrapher










James Zar b 1941 • Painter




















Jean “Cabu" Cabut b 1938 • Cartoonist










Stéphane “Charb" Charbonnier b 1967 • Cartoonist










Philippe Honoré b 1941 • Cartoonist










Bernard “Tignous" Verlhac b 1957 • Cartoonist







Georges Wolinski b 1934 • Cartoonist





And finally:













Khaled Mohamad al-Asaad b 1933 • Art & Antiquities scholar


Murdered in Palmyra by ISIS while trying to protect the ancient city's cultural treasures.




Special thanks to Mike Glyer at File 770 for steering me to images for Don West and to those that have helped so far to correct some of my oversights. Likewise, if anyone knows of an artist that passed away in 2015 that I may have missed, please let me know in the comments section.