For me, the news came with a tweet:
The comic book world lost a future legend yesterday when Josh Medors lost his battle with spinal cancer.
Most know Medors for his work on Frank Franzetta’s Swamp Demon and Willow Creek; pencil work on G.I. Joe: America’s Elite; pencil/ink for Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales (recently made into an animated series) and his cover work for various titles.
After getting his education in Graphic Design and Cell Animation/Illustrations at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Medors worked as a freelance illustrator. Getting his feet wet in comics by doing pin-ups for different publishers, Medors then met 30 Days Of Night’s Steve Niles online through Niles’ website, and, as Rick from Casablanca would say, a “beautiful friendship” was formed. Medors and Niles worked together on several projects including Dial M For Monster, Horrorcide, and 30 Days Of Night.
Medors was diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer in 2008 and in 2009 became a founder of Help For Heroes (partnered with HERO Initiative – an organization that helps others in the comic book industry with cancer). Their Facebook page stayed in constant contact with fans providing updates on Medors progress, including when he had a shunt installed in his head.
After spending time with the disease in remission, Medors’ cancer returned in 2011; prompting the industry to rally around him. Fellow artists like Steve Scott and celebrities like Billy West (Futurama) and Nicholas Brendon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) converged on PackRat Comics in Ohio last May 7th (Free Comic Book Day) in a benefit for Medors.
Stan Lee stepped up as well in a Marvel-Team Up with HERO Initiative, issued an original, one-off Medors Spider-Man piece that was limited to 250 prints (with 50 signed by Lee).
When Medors passed yesterday afternoon, many of his colleagues and fans took to Facebook and Twitter (where he became a trending topic) to say their goodbyes and share memories of a man who died much too soon. Sadly, I never met him but reading and hearing what people have had to say about him tells me all I need to know: Josh Medors was a good man and one hell of a comic book artist.
Josh Medors is survived by wife Charlotte, son Garth, and many friends, family and fans around the world. He was 36.
Source: Comic Book Resources
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