Mike Wieringo was one of my heroes. His artwork was always inspiring. He passed away over the weekend from a heart attack; he was only 44 years old. I first came across Mike’s work in the “Amazing Spiderboy”, and then followed him through his runs on Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, and everything in between. I LOVE his drawings, the looseness in his lines, his expressions, his composing. My favorite part was that the work felt FUN!
His art always brought a smile to my face. It’s how I’ve always wanted to
draw. You can see his animation influences, and I love it all.
I met Mike online early this year. Through “comic-space”, we talked and I learned he was a fan of Silent Kimbly. It was thrilling for me to even be sending email back and forth. Around March I was gearing up for a guest comic week. I sent Mike an email asking if he would be interested in doing a guest comic. I assumed he wouldn’t be able to do it. Then I get this email from him saying he’d be honored to do it, but I’d have to write it.
Honestly I almost passed out. How crazy was this?! Mike Wieringo was going to draw my characters and I was going to write it. AMAZING! So he drew it, then he started to color it, but he wasn’t happy with his coloring, so he asked if I would color it. Of course I said yes. SO then I got to color his art. The whole thing is STILL totally amazing to me. We finished it and it
was fantastic! He loved it and it was dream come true for me.
Now I didn’t know Mike that well, there were only 10 or so emails between us. But he made me feel like a real artist. He knew my work and was into it. It gave me a confidence I didn’t have before. I feel blessed to have been able to even talk with him, and even more amazed he drew my characters. It was and is such an honor, I really can’t describe it.
I was looking forward to meeting him in person one day, but am glad I got to know him in any form. He was and is one of my heroes. Rest in peace Mike, you are an inspiration, and I’m grateful to you for showing me support.
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