Most of you have heard by now but I just found out Michael Turner has passed away at the ridiculously young age of 37. What is it about the comic book business that so many die so young? This one feels like a punch to the gut, though I don't pretend to know what his family is going through. I can imagine, though.
I won't be a hypocrite and say I was a fan of his published work but a lot of people were and so there was something there to appreciate. I will say that I saw him doing an oversized drawing of Fathom for an auction (maybe at Heroes?) years ago and I was very impressed. He drew very quickly and the final drawing was just lovely. I recognized the style and thought, "That's Michael Turner?" He smiled the whole time he was drawing and seemed to be genuinely enjoying himself. By all accounts, he was a really nice guy.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Comic Book Resources has a nice piece on him here. As they mention, Michael Turner's requested charities are The Make-A-Wish Foundation and The American Cancer Society.