We’ve been busily working on the third issue of the Spectrum magazine: yes, I know it’s way late and, no, we’re not finished yet. We’ll get there.
Anyway, one of the features in #3 will be a longish article I’ve written about the late great Bernie Wrightson (shown above), who passed away in 2017 after battling brain cancer. If you’re familiar with the magazine I think it will be a nice companion to the Frazetta and Jones pieces in the first and second issues. I knew Bernie, not as well as I would’ve liked and certainly not as well as the many friends we had in common, but we got along well whenever our paths would cross. He truly was a nice guy. I had interviewed Bernie very briefly several times over the years with a project in mind that, unfortunately, never came to fruition, but I enjoyed our talks nevertheless and learned quite a bit. Even so, there’s so much I didn’t know about him, about his comics and film and illustration work, and I found myself doing a helluva lot of research while working on the essay in an attempt to be as accurate as possible. In a few months you’ll all find out whether I succeeded or fell on my face.
But in the process of doing my research I ran across several videos of Bernie being interviewed—and another of him talking while he sketches at a convention—and thought they were too interesting not to share with everyone. Enjoy!