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A sad moment...
I have to vent. I'm sorry.
One of the highlights of my weekly reading is my CBG (Comics Buyers Guide).
I love reading the stories about who Mark Evanier has met or what Mark
Evanier has done. For those that don't know, he has a weekly column called
P.O.V. (Point Of View, I believe). I've also come to enjoy Maggie Thompsons
Anyway, enough of the Free Plug. It seems, that as of late, there have been
too many deaths of people that were tied to the comic book industry in one
way. We've lost Don Martin of Mad Magazine fame. Mark Cohen who had
incrediable ties in the art selling business. Then I read in last weeks CBG
that Pat Boyette has left us.
I was sad. I told my girlfriend that I was sad. She didn't understand. I
only discovered Pat Boyettes works because of an article that Mark Evanier
wrote in CBG #1291. For me, I have put Pat Boyette up there with Neal Adams
and Jim Steranko for my favorite Old School artists.
Was his artwork cutting edge for the era he was in? I don't know, I'm not
that artistically inclined to make such a judgement call. To me, his
artwork was drawn with passion and love for the art itself. I feel there
are too many artists today that worship the all might dollar a little more
than the love of the work.
I only know what kind of person Pat Boyette was through several of Marks
stories. He was a go to person. If you were in a bind, he'd drop everything
to help you out. Nate was just awed by the time frame that Mark and Sergio
put out an issue of Groo. Pat Boyette pencilled (I'm not sure if he inked
it also) an entire issue of Charlton Premiere in four (yes four) days!
That, my friends, is impressive.
I actually morn his loss. I would have loved to have met him at a Con
someday, if it were possible. I'm sure I'd rank him right up there with
Sergio Aragones and Jim Steranko (a few who really appreciate their fans
and will talk with them!!!)