Let’s take a few moments to celebrate the lives of the members of our art family who left us in 2015. This is, sadly, a rather long list; I’ve included links where I could so that you can learn a bit more about some of these remarkable creatives.

Jane Aaron b 1935 • Artist/Animator
Brad Anderson b 1924 • Cartoonist
Howard Anderson b 1920 • VFX Artist
Murphy Anderson b 1926 • Comic Artist
Steven Archer b 1957 • Stop-Motion Artist
Jon Arfstrom b 1928 • Artist
Henri Arnold b 1917 • Cartoonist
Paul Bacon b 1923 • Graphic Artist

Luis Bermejo b 1931 • Comic Artist

James O. Berry b 1932 • Cartoonist
Roger Bollen b 1941 • Cartoonist
Marcia Brown b 1919 • Artist

 

Kate Chappell b 1985 • VFX Artist

 

Tim Corrigan b 1950 • Cartoonist

John Cooper b 1942 • Comic Artist

 

Mel Crawford b 1925 • Artist

 

Stephen Czerkas b 1951 • VFX/Paleo Artist

 

Roy Doty b 1922 • Cartoonist

 

Brett Ewins b 1955 • Comic Artist



Otto Frello b 1924 • Artist

 

Ernst Fuchs b 1930 • Painter

 

Blaine Gibson b 1918 • Sculptor

 

S. “Gopulu” Gopalan b 1924 • Cartoonist

 

Michael C. Gross b 1945 • Artist/Art Director

Steve Hanks b 1949 • Painter

 

Irwin Hasen b 1918 • Cartoonist

 

Jack Jurden b 1926 • Cartoonist

 

Gordon Kent b 1954 • Artist/Animator

Alan Kupperberg b 1953 • Comic Artist

 

Norman Lee b 1968 • Comic Artist

 

Charles F. “Chuck” Miller b 1952 • Publisher

 

Shigeru Mizuki b 1922 • Manga Artist

 

Tom Moore b 1929 • Comic Artist

 

Leonard Nimoy b 1931 • Actor/Director/Photographer

 

Earl Norem b 1924 • Artist

 

Noriyoshi Ohrai b 1935 • Artist

 

Glen Orbik b 1963 • Artist

 

Monty Oum b 1981 • Animator

Jay Scott Pike b 1924 • Artist

 

Stephen “The Pizz” Pizzurro b 1958 • Lowbrow Artist

Peter Pontiac b 1951 • Cartoonist/Underground Comix Artist

 

James R. Powell b 1972 • Artist
Claire Prebble b 1985 • Artist/Costume Designer
Gerard Quinn b 1927 • Artist

 

Kája Saudek b 1935 • Comic Artist

 

Nelson Shanks b 1937 • Painter

 

Aaron Shikler b 1922 • Artist

Leonard Starr b 1925 • Comic Artist/Cartoonist

 

Yoshihiro Tatsumi b 1935 • Gekiga Artist

 

Herb Trimpe b 1939 • Comic Artist

 

Francis Tsai b 1968 • Artist

Carson Van Osten b 1945 • Artist

Cliff Voorhees b 1930 • Comic Artist/Animator

Don “D.” West b 1945 • Fan Artist

 

Jim Whiting b 1926 • Cartoonist

 

Hermann Zaph b 1918 • Calligrapher

 

James Zar b 1941 • Painter
 

 

Jean “Cabu” Cabut b 1938 • Cartoonist

 

Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier b 1967 • Cartoonist

 

Philippe Honoré b 1941 • Cartoonist

 

Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac b 1957 • Cartoonist

Georges Wolinski b 1934 • Cartoonist

And finally:
Khaled Mohamad al-Asaad b 1933 • Art & Antiquities scholar
Murdered in Palmyra by ISIS while trying to protect the ancient city’s cultural treasures.

Special thanks to Mike Glyer at File 770 for steering me to images for Don West and to those that have helped so far to correct some of my oversights. Likewise, if anyone knows of an artist that passed away in 2015 that I may have missed, please let me know in the comments section.