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Mike Wieringo

This isn’t entirely news, especially to those who keep up with comics industry news, but this past weekend Mike Wieringo passed away, suddenly, at age 44. Mike was an incredible illustrator and cartoonist who was a favorite of mine and a great influence on my work before I got into the field professionally. And after my professional career got started and I got to talk to and meet him, my opinion of him only grew.

Some of the most fun I had in comics were the epically long chats with Mike and his studio-mate and occasional inker Rich Case (also very talented, indeed), and the first convention I attended professionally, Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC, in 1999. I was there as a lowly assistant editor from Marvel Comics, and the Artamus Studios crew, chief among them Mike and Rich, were so welcoming and I felt like they took me in as one of their own; an absolute pleasure – only to be topped off by nearly the entire population of comics pros going to see Disney’s Tarzan as that was the opening weekend. To be in that theater, with that group…among them now friends like Mike, with whom I’d often talked about our mutual love of the Disney style and its influence on us both…those are moments that are monumental to a developing young professional in so many ways.

Thank you, Mike for your influence, as an artist and as a friend.

It’s terribly sad to know he’s gone.

Gregg.

SDCC 2007 report

Back from Comic-Con in San Diego and the show was incredibly busy and very crowded…but in the end, worth the effort. It’s a good time, but a tough one just the same. As always, it’s great to see old friends and co-workers from the comics industry, as well as the “Friends of the Show” and folks who stop by year after year for new sketches. Phil’s BBQ, as always, delivered their usual deliciousness, as did Tin Fish’s fish tacos, the hand-made corn tortillas at the Old Town Mexican Café, and the newest discoveries, the San Diego Chicken Pie Shop and Extraordinary Desserts (holy cow, the Bette Noir cake was among the richest desserts I’ve ever indulged in).

Thanks to everyone who came by, hung out, and maybe bought a thing or two.

Also thanks to you who sent me scans of the sketches I did at the show. Those are up in the Pictures section in the appropriate category therein.

Gregg.

Re-launch!

Welcome to the all-new, just re-launched hatterentertainment.com, now with more stuff!

As of this moment, not everything is in place and some areas are still “under construction”…but in those cases I’m working on it and slowly but surely this whole business of managing a web site will come together.

In the meantime, please enjoy the sights!

As if that weren’t enough: I’m on my way to the west coast, so if you’re gonna be out there for Comic-Con in San Diego from July 26 -29, you can find me drawing and cracking wise in Artists’ Alley at table FF-16. I’ll be sitting alongside Chris Giarrusso (FF-17) and Jacob Chabot (FF-18) and special guest Tim Smith 3 (and if you’re particularly lucky you might get some face time with my pal Scott Silver who will also be on hand). If you’re out there stop by and say hello.

Gregg.