I'm sorry to pass the news along this morning that my good friend and Artamus Studios studiomate Mike Wieringo has passed away from what apparently was a heart attack. Details are still coming in but this is certainly tragic news and all I know right now. Mike and I were apartment mates and studio mates in the early/mid 90's and the news of his passing is both tragic and eye opening as to how fragile life is and our time spent here. Mike was a fantastic illustrator and one of the best comic book artists in the industry. It was indeed a pleasure to watch him work and gain popularity with the fans. Even more than being a superior artist he was a fantastic human being who always went out out of his way for people and had a positive influence on everyone that had the pleasure to know him. I consider myself very lucky to have called Mike my friend. I am a better person and a better artist from his influence. His talent and friendship will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all.
My sincere condolenses to the Wieringo family. You are in my prayers and my thoughts in this difficult time.
Thank you Mike for all the good times, good laughs, and great comics. I'll miss you buddy. Rest in peace.
Please visit http://mikewieringo.com/ to see what a great talent Mike was. A endless source of creativity.