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.