My Hero, Mike Wieringo
Today is a very sad day for me, my favorite artist of all time Mike Wieringo died last night of heart failure, he was only 44 years old. I practically grew up looking to Mike's art for inspiration, it was because of his semi daily blog that inspired me to create this blog. Mike was a wonderful artist, who was know as "the nicest guy in comic books". He was always up for doing a free sketch for a fan, always willing to share what he knew about the biz to those looking to break in. I was fortunate enough to be able to talk to Mike through an email or two, he even gave me some feed back on my work once or twice, but sadly I never got a chance to meet my hero. I was planning on going to the Baltimore Comic Con next year specifically to meet Mike Wieringo, the front page of my sketch book has been reserved for Mike since I started my con sketch book in 2002. Though I never did get to meet Mike, there is an overwhelming sadness in my heart over the death of my artistic hero, and I am finding it hard to just put into words the inspiration that I received from his work. Today may be a sad day, but Mike's work will continue to be an inspiration to me, and to many other people despite his untimely death. There will be no sketch for todays post, not from me. Below I have posted some of my favorite pictures that Mike Wieringo drew.
Also check out Mike's website www.mikewieringo.com
In the words of Mike Wieringo's Tellos
"By thy side"