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Tom Spurgeon 1969-2019

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Thomas Martin Spurgeon

Comic Book commentator, blogger and book author has died

I sometimes talked to Spurgeon through emails. When his site was still in its older, less functional format, I would find typos and goofs and send him notes on them so they could be fixed, and one day he joked to me that he'd need to start "cutting me a check" for my effort. His site, especially in the earlier days of the internet, was one of the few places where good writing and lists of indy-comic news was available on a consistent basis.

I have read in a few places that the Global Webcomics Web Archive will be archiving Tom's Comics Reporter in it's entirety.

Tom Spurgeon, age 50, 1969 -2019

Obit at Publishers Weekly

"Best known as an editor and reporter with an encyclopedic knowledge of the comics medium, Spurgeon built a long career as a thoughtful and passionate critical voice on the history of comics and on the medium’s development as a serious art form. Spurgeon was also a relentless advocate for the improvement of the welfare and working conditions of comics writers and artists working in the work-for-hire environment of commercial comics publishing.

He began his career in the 1980s, writing about comic books and editorial cartoons for a variety of publications. He also worked as the managing editor, and later, executive editor of The Comics Journal...

Another obit at Comics Journal:

"Tom had left a decent job in Pennsylvania at a home shopping network to work for peanuts at Fantagraphics, out of a passion for comics..."

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