Monday, November 12, 2012

My Pal Bill White

It is with extreme sadness that I have to write about my best friend, Bill White, in the past tense.  He and I met at the Kubert School in lovely Dover, NJ  way back in 1980.  He was an insanely talented cartoonist, but more importantly, he was an naturally talented cartoonist.  The "drawrings" (as he used to call them) just flowed out of his pencil in such an effortless way.  He could draw anything, too.  While I was hemming and hawing over some assignment, he would already be finished!  There was nothing out of his comfort level.  The way he was able to tackle any assignment or sketch was completely astounding to me.  Every time he put pencil to paper, he taught me the bestest and easiest way to get the job done.  I was lucky enough to collaborate with him on many projects, but the best thing we ever did together was "Kaptain Keen & Kompany" published by the now defunct Vortex Comics in Canada.  We split each comic, Bill creating hilarious and animated stories featuring Kaptain Keen and Mooseboy and I drew my beer chugging Superswine stories.  We would alternate pencilling and inking chores on each cover.  That was a real treat!  To be able to ink those goddamn wonderful "drawrings" of his!!  We both loved Harvey Comics, Hanna-Barbera cartoons and anything that had to do with funny stuff and "bigfoot" cartooning, especially if it was done with great appeal and design.  I will miss you, my friend, and think of you often.  Rest in peace...

1 comment:

  1. Well said Gary. Bill was a goofball that bounced into our lives to keep us on our toes.