Newsarama has a nice roundup of comics people sharing their remembrances of Michael Turner. It’s a little bit heartbreaking, but it’s also nice to see so many people whose lives were touched by the man and his work.
Often people get lionized when they pass, but Turner genuinely was that nice. Fighting cancer for the majority of his career, and still, what people remember is how genuine and grateful the man was to his fans. That’s a nice tribute.
The entire article is worth reading, but I’ll excerpt a bit here from Aspen Comics’ JT Krul:
Michael Turner had an aura about him. I know, it might sound corny, but those of you who had the pleasure to meet him know it’s the absolute truth. His positive energy shined a bright light onto anyone and everyone he came into contact with. He was smart; he was funny. And, when he got really excited about comics or a story we were working on, he’d get this big grin, his eyes would light up, and he’d say, “Dude…sweet.” He loved life and never let the darkness creeping around inside his body get the better of him. With all that admiration and success, it was also remarkable what a “regular” guy he was. Down-to-earth and humble, he never suffered from an excessive ego and truly appreciated each and every kind comment he received regarding his work.
– Matt Price