Saturday, February 23, 2008

Steve Whitaker Sad News…

UK Comic Artist and Colourist...

Hi Guys,

I have just heard yet more sad news from the UK Comics Fraternity this morning.

Steve Whitaker has died suddenly and unexpectedly. Reports say that he had been feeling unwell and was placed in a taxi to go to the doctors, by his father. He collapsed whilst in the taxi, was resuscitated by his doctor outside the surgery, and was rushed to hospital but then died later either on route or at the hospital. It is suspected he may have had a stroke. He was only 52.

I first remember seeing Steve’s work when he was producing artwork for Harrier Comics on their "Swiftsure" comic in the mid eighties. I remember Steve being a large guy and remember that his size always gave him a presence at any of the venues frequented by the London comics scene in the 80's and early 90's and that at 6ft 4in, he was very hard to miss in his “trademark” long dark overcoat.

He was a world-class colourist and worked on diverse projects like children’s books for Lady Bird Books, DC Comics’ coloured edition of V for Vendetta to name but two in long and varied career.

He was involved on a regular basis with Oxford's annual alternative comics convention CAPTION here in the UK, where he taught workshops.

Steve is the latest comic artist, taken long before their time in recent years.

Until next time have fun!

Tim Perkins…

February 23rd 2008


Tony Keen said...

Steve Whitaker was one of the stalwarts of the comics British Amateur Press Association. I'm pretty sure that he was always in the apa whenever I was, from about 1990 onwards.

B-APA was wound up in 2004. However, there was a special in 2005, a commemoration issue when Andy Roberts died, to which Steve enthusiastically contributed. We can hardly do less for Steve. So I will be editing a commemorative special of B-APA, to be available at CAPTION, a convention Steve always supported. Obviously, I'd like as many ex-B-APAns as possible to contribute. But I don't want to restrict contributions to ex-B-APAns; I'd like anyone of Steve's friends who wants to be part of this to feel welcome.

If you want to contribute, please contact me at keentony at hotmail dot com. I'm looking for contributions of 1-2 pages, by mid-July, preferably as camera-ready copy. Thanks to those who have already agreed to be involved.

Apologies if you end up seeing this in several places.

Tim Perkins said...

Hi Tony,

It would be a pleasure to do something for you in this way.

I'll repost the piece here with my UK Comics colleagues that also knew Steve, if you would like?

Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.

Best Wishes,