Friday, June 08, 2012
Robert L. Washington III, R.I.P.
Just wanted to briefly acknowledge the passing earlier this week of comic book writer Robert L. Washington III at the age of 47. Above and below the two sides of his trading card from the 1993 Milestone comics set.
I only had a few brief on-line interactions with Washington, back around 1993 when I first went on-line. I remember he had a high-energy enthusiasm in his on-line personality which perfectly matched what you'd see in his writing.
(art from STATIC #3, story Washington & McDuffie and art by John Paul Leon and Steve Mitchell)
(art from NINJAK #9 by Washington & Busiek, art by Neil Vokes, Michael Oeming and Rich Rankin)
So while it wasn't a huge body of work, what there was from Washington was remarkable, a sense of fun and imagination applied to super-hero action in an entertaining way. I wish we'd had more of his unique voice.
Washington was among many comic book creators who were helped by The Hero Initiative, if you're able consider a donation tagged with his name to help them pay for Washington's funeral and continue their work.