My Friend Al Williamson

We received word this morning that my friend and mentor Al Williamson passed away over the weekend. I’m sitting here feeling a lot of different emotions. Loss, of course, because I’ll never get to see Al again. But also amazement at his long and productive life; the kind of wonderful person he was, the astounding talent he had and the generous way he encouraged young artists like myself to pursue our dreams of doing comics.

This blog has been mostly a visual one for the last three years, but I think I’m going to spend the next few days writing about the Al I knew and how his work affected me. I’ll spice things up with some scans of pieces of his I have or things he and I collaborated on. Here’s a page from the Alan Moore SWAMP THING/SUPERMAN crossover Al inked over my pencils in the mid 1980′s. It’s scanned from one of many foreign language versions.

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  1. [...] Rick Veitch: "I’m sitting here feeling a lot of different emotions. Loss, of course, because I’ll never get to see Al again. But also amazement at his long and productive life; the kind of wonderful person he was, the astounding talent he had and the generous way he encouraged young artists like myself to pursue our dreams of doing comics." [...]

  2. Bob Andelman June 15th, 2010 7:11 pm

    Learn more about legendary comics artist Al Williamson in this Mr. Media interview with his friend and artist Mark Schultz, in which he discusses the book Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic.

  3. Richard May June 16th, 2010 5:34 am

    Al was amazing. You are so lucky to have known him! I thought it was so cool to have guy who did Flash Gordon do Empire Strikes Back! Love your work also!

  4. Richard May June 16th, 2010 5:37 am

    Thanks Rick! Sorry for your (and our) loss. rich

  5. beth smith May 6th, 2011 2:41 pm

    i have strips that were drawn before publication by barry and raboy what can they be worth my husband worked for barry

  6. [...] will, no doubt, be many more over the next few days but here are tributes from: Rick Veitch, Heidi, JaimeS. Rich (from whose post we got the lovely Williamson self [...]

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