Michael Turner
Date of birth: 21-04-1971
Date of death: 27-06-2008
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Michael was a brilliant comic book artist. His loss is unfortunate, but his memory will live on through his work.

Michael was a brilliant comic book artist. His loss is unfortunate, but his memory will live on through his work.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years, 4 months
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    I remember the first time I heard about Michael Turner, I was in a comic book shop, just browsing comics and I saw the cover of one of the Fathom issues (this was when he was still with Top Cow), and I remember being in awe of how beautiful the art was, I had never seen anything like it. I think I bought that issue of Fathom, and I got most of the other issues as well. I've always been into drawing, ever since I was a kid, but Michael was really the first and only artist that I wanted to have a similar style to, his art is just so awesome. To this day its still weird knowing that he is no longer living, I have never been to a comic show, but I wish I would have had the chance to meet him, and it saddens me that I will never get to, but in a way, we all know him through his art, and through his art he will live on and future generations will get to see his art as well. We all miss you Mike, I doubt there will ever be anyone like you.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years, 4 months
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    Where do I start. The first time I ran across his work was in the pages of Witchblade, and I was hooked! I was always a comics fan but if Mike was doing anything on the book, be it a cover or interiors I had to grab it up.
    Over the years I got a chance to meet him at conventions over and over again asking him to sign different pieces if his art I had collected and showing him some of my illustrations, I remember I felt that he ALWAYS took the time to kinda instruct me in the few seconds he coulod what he felt I could do better on.
    Then came WW Chicago 2008, I was aware that he was having some health issues but hadn't heard anything new, I assumed that no news was good news and looked forward to showing him that I had indeed taken his advice and started my own comic book imprint aimed at self publishing. I noticed he was absent fron the booth (he'd never missed at WW Chicago to my knowledge before this) I figured he was either not at the aspen booth or would make a appearance later, sadly I got the news the next day during a panel in which Dan Didio announced his passing. I caught a few tears streaming down my face as I was recovering from the initial shock and went to wipe them away when I noticed that several others were doing the exact same.
    He touched a lot of lives not just through his art but the way he seem to embrace each and every one of his fans as if they were long time friends.

    To this day it's still hard to believe he's gone, but it's my hope that he'll live on forever within his art, the art of those he influenced and fans who's lives he made just a bit brighter. We miss you Mike. Thank you for everything.

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    5 years, 11 months
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    I had the opportunity to meet Mike at WWPA. I remember him having this glowing energy to him despite everything that was happening at the time. Ill never forget that. Ive been a comic fan since I was 9. Now I'm 27 and there were a few years that for one reason or another, I had to take a hiatus from my love. I remember that one of the things that pulled me back in was Mike's work. Something about it, so fluid, so beautiful.

    I kept up with Mikes condition over the last few years always hoping the best for him. When I turned to the last page of my Wizard # 203, well damn ive never had a piece of paper punch me so hard in my entire life. Mike was one of my heroes and I keep finding myself tearing up whenever I see a piece of his work. I wish this was a bad dream.

    He was such a great person. Like his mom said, "he was Captain Amazing". All of us, in the comic community, are a loosely knit family, but a family regardless. We will always remember you my friend.....

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  • Anonymous
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    When I first got into comics (96/97), Turner's Witchblade -and style of art was among the reasons I got hooked. He seemed to have influenced many arist around that time, it was obvious browsing in the comic store and he clearly had an edge and unique style over others. Some of the succes and joy I've attained, as an artist through my love for comics, is through him. Michael, thank you for that.
    It was heartbraking to hear that Turner had lost such a part of his body awhile back, had to put up such a tremendous fight, be so brave and endure. Still, sentiments allround, from back then untill recently, were of his attitude towards it all, something to be praised indeed. Yet, it deepens the sadness of his pasing.
    I was unaware that this horrible cancer returned so direly, regrettably the news of his pasing only reached me a day ago...
    I hope his attitude on life changed or influenced some along the way, appart from his great sourche of artistic inspiration. Strength and the best to his friends and family, I hope there is a wonderfull place or fulfilling rest for such a worthy soul.

    Thanks and praises Mike, you did leave quite a mark though ;-)

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  • Anonymous
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    I only met him once and ironically everything centered around WW chicago. My first foray into the original art addiction was the Sam Loeb Auction in 2006. I knew i wanted to bid on a John Cassaday page but then I saw Michael come up to the stage on his crutches and they announced that he had drawn a special something for the auction..and it was Superboy...I know i had to have it . Ironically, I got both pieces for the same price and both with my lucky numbers (the day i was born). At that time, i was so nervous to meet Michael but he gave me this big smile and great hand shake....I could feel how genuine he was and how caring.

    Then the next year at WW Chicago 2007, i saw him and had had grown his hair back and I felt so inspired to see him...He looked so great....and he just embraced his fans...I was so impressed. I was in awe of him...i got him to sign my Flash/Grodd statue...i actually hauled the base of it to the convention....they kinda thought it was funny....b/c i said "please sign my monkey"

    now it's WW Chicago 2008....i didn't go........didn't even look at CAF all weekend....then my heart just fell yesterday evening when i saw it on CAF...RIP michael turner....I was in shock all night. My friends knew i was so troubled and i couldn't even sleep. I cleared my entire Feature Gallery of everything and imported the four Michael Turner pieces that i own....the Superboy from the Sam Loeb Auction and pages from Jeph Loeb's run on Supergirl....I see those pieces differently now.....One has Wonder Woman comforting a crying Superman and I see the sadness and grief in it that i did not see before, One has Batman and Superman gazing on a monument of Superman's long dead parents--I see the pain of losing your loved ones and how that affects you to this day....and Last one, I see Batman in awe of the Hellhounds of Apokolips...how he, an ordinary man, can survive such godlike odds and adversity...it made me think of how we fragile we humans are...

    What is amazing to me...what was surprising is that Michael Turner worked the hardest as anyone in the business and with that great smile of his even in the face of the hellhounds and the close embrace of death....

    I know he is at peace and hope that his family can find some peace.....He was a Great Talent, A Generous Soul...A True Superman

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  • Anonymous
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    We will miss you, mike. its hard to imagine a world without your art.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years
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    I was in a movie theater watching Disney's WALL*E when it happened. Like most of the world I did not feel the change. I did not sense a great void or feel the loss. But we all lost something... someone very special that night. That was the night that Michael Turner died.

    Turner was a great presence in the comic book community. Personally, I was not a huge fan of his artistic style, although I will admit that I use some of his tricks in my own art. There was a great energy that emerged from his work... no doubt it was the energy from his soul. What Turner brought to the world was beyond the literal understanding of his drawings. It was more than the pen and the ink on paper. Michael Turner brought an excitement to a dying industry and gave life to old characters for a new generation.

    In March of 2000 Turner gave us something new: HOPE. It was the hope that this remarkable man could beat the cancer that had already taken his hip, 40% of his pelvis and three pounds of bone. It was hope because despite all of this he did not abandon his work... his life... his art.

    As a matter of fact, the last eight years of his life were quite productive. In 2002 he left Top Cow Productions, where he had made a name for himself drawing Witchblade (which he co-created) and formed his own comic book publishing company: Aspen MLT, Inc. He also did work for industry giants, Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

    In interviews he did not curse God for his misfortunes. As a matter of fact, I don't recall seeing a quote of him cursing anything or anyone. His career left nothing but a positive image and many, many scantily-clad buxom women in the comic book industry.

    As I was watching WALL*E get put back together with spare parts, doctors were trying to put Michael Turner back together as well. But unlike the robot, there were no spare parts to save Michael. At 10:42 Pacific Daylight Time, Michael Turner died at the Santa Monica Hospital. He was 37. But like WALL*E, the story of a robot that saves humanity, Turner saved comic books with a very polite and kind approach to life.

    Thank you Michael Turner. You will be missed.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years, 1 month
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    Hi ... I am so sorry to hear of your friend, Michael's passing. He was so young to have struggled with such an awful disease. My prayer is that he is at peace, and I hope you can find comfort in knowing that he was loved by so many people, I'm sure.

    God be with you!

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