March 7, 2016

Paul Ryan

Andy and I are so sad to learn that our dear friend Paul Ryan has passed away suddenly.

It hurts so much when you think "but we just spoke with him 2 days ago" and seemingly overnight he is gone.

Paul was my husband's mentor and close friend for many years.

He gave me the most valuable feedback on my art for Pirates of Mars volume 1, and when I curated Pop Euphoria in 2008, he put in an ENTIRE 22 page Phantom issue for the wall:

I'm currently tearing my studio apart trying to find the gorgeous Mary Jane / Spider-man pencil sketch Paul gave me years ago - I KNOW it's around here somewhere.

When I first met my (future) husband through a comic art class at the Worcester Art Museum, he would always reference Paul's words of wisdom, his advice, his work habits and practices.

In fact, when I learned that comic art was done at 11x17 size or larger, the first example of real comic art I'd ever seen was one of Paul's - the Phantom riding his white horse through the jungle.

He and Linda are so important to us, the kindest, warmest couple, who invited us into their home, shared words of encouragement, laughs and shoptalk - irreplaceable memories.

Tell your mentors that you appreciate them!  
Tell them how much they've impacted your life! 

Paul signing at That's Entertainment in Worcester, MA

(photo by Evan Scola)

This is the store where I worked as a teenager, the place that would inspire me to even attempt a career in comics.  
Thanks Paul

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