WWE – Quick Night of Champions results

John Morrison and The Miz (c) defeated Finlay and Hornswoggle Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Matt Hardy (c) defeated Chavo Guerrero (with Bam Neely) For the WWE United States Championship
Mark Henry defeated Kane (c) and Big Show Triple Threat match for the ECW Championship
Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes (c) defeated Hardcore Holly (c)   for the World Tag Team Championship
Kofi Kingston defeated Chris Jericho (c) (with Lance Cade) For the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Mickie James (c) defeated Katie Lea Burchill (with Paul Burchill) For the WWE Women’s Championship
Edge (c) defeated Batista For the World Heavyweight Championship; special guest referee Chavo Guerrero
Triple H (c) defeated John Cena

Remembering Michael Turner – Wizard World Chicago.

from Comic Book Resources:

It’s a somber place at the Aspen booth at WizardWorld Chicago. Having lost their friend Michael Turner, artists have decided to draw Turner’s characters for fans in his honor. While doing this, they’re also collecting money for Turner’s charities.

David Finch, artist on upcoming “Ultimate Ultimatum”
“I’ve known Mike since the beginning of his career… I remember him walking in the door on day one… he started two months after me and he blew all of us away. He changed Top Cow forever, and he changed all of our careers. On a personal level, he was a great guy who was friendly with everyone. He was always supportive of all of us. He’s been fighting cancer for 8 years… he was always strong and he never complained. …He always had time for everyone, he never walked away from a signing. (This convention hasn’t been ruined for me) because we were all together when we found out. That made it easier. We knew he was deteriorating (takes a moment to choke back tears)… it was easier finding out last night with everyone, then having to find out by a phone call.”

Ale Garza, current “Fathom” artist
“The industry has lost an icon. So few artists have come into the industry and accomplished and done what Mike did. Especially in the short amount of time that he was here with us. I just think it’s a huge loss…It’s amazing to think of all that he was going through that he still managed to (put his effort into comics). It’s just mind baffling. I’m kind of speechless…As far as Fathom goes and Aspen as a whole, all I can say is that I’m going to do my best to stay true to his vision and keep his characters alive and keep him alive in all of us…He’ll always be there in comics and he’ll never be forgotten.”

Francis Manapaul, “Witchblade” artist
“What can you say about Mike? He was a really great guy and having been at Top Cow for a long time back in the day, he was kind of like a big brother to a lot of us here that were coming into the industry…He was just a really good guy. I have so many memories of just hanging out at conventions, all of the trips we’ve gone on – like when we were in Australia and New Zealand, and even little things like just hanging out and playing poker in his room. I think it’s just a great loss…The industry is definitely losing a really influential guy…there wasn’t really a dry eye at the bar last night, and that just speaks a lot about Mike and how many people that care about him. He fought a really strong battle for eight years. He fought valiantly and it’s just a great loss.

Remembering Michael Turner – Jeph Loeb

from Comic Book Resources:

Mike Turner died last night. He fought the same cancer my son Sam had for eight years. He was 37 years old. His friends and family were with him.

There was never a nicer guy. There was never a greater pal. He was a friend and mentor to Sam. He’s been a big brother to my daughter Audrey.

In terms of his legacy, in addition to the dozens of covers that he did for Marvel and DC, I’m pretty sure that the only interior work he did outside of Top Cow or Aspen was the 6 issues of “Superman/Batman” that we did.

Bringing Kara back to the DC universe as she was originally intended, as Superman’s cousin, was the story we told.

Supergirl now will always have some of Mike’s joy and spark.

Doing “Soulfire” with Mike and Aspen was a blast. It was so inspiring working with him. Whatever he touched as a creator, writer or artist was the finest.

Did I mention he was the world’s greatest guy? And there is a reason why the people at Aspen, like Frank and Peter and JT, are so loyal and of such fine character. Mike brought that out in everyone.

I know you know all this, but I wanted to write to you and this is what came out.

Supergirl is crying right now.

I know that much.

Jeph

Remembering Michael Turner – Jim Lee

from Jim Lee’s MySpace:

In remembrance of Mike Turner

Image Comics ushered in a new generation of young, talented creators and one of the brightest, the most affable and most ambitious was young Mike Turner. He stood out because not only was he tall, handsome and smart as a whip, but because he had dreams beyond just comics and more importantly, made those dreams come true.

I liked Mike a lot. We socialized mostly after hours during cons but since he had family and friends in San Diego who I also knew, we had a chance to hang out here as well, and he was just a great guy to shoot the shit with. Like Dave Stevens, Mike made comics more glamorous and cooler ahead of its time. He also always made sure to put the fans first, and it’s been truly heartwarming to read all the accounts and tributes to his good nature and his big heart.

I had known about his worsening condition for some time now as I work right next to Joel Gomez who was pals with Mike back when Joel worked at Top Cow and Aspen, but even that knowledge couldn’t soften the blow of his passing. It is particularly bittersweet to me that his death fell during the Wizard World Chicago convention as that is where I remember him being at his very best many years ago. Not because of the long lines of fans waiting to just meet him (because that was a normal occurrence, really) and not because of an amazing cover or comic he had just published (again, there are too many to list as I was a big MLT fan) and not because he always looked like he was having the time of his life (which he truly was–I still remember hanging out at his condo in LA, marveling at the view and toys), but because he was on stage at the Wizard World Awards show with Sam and Jeph Loeb, inspiring everyone in the room with his determination to not let cancer take him down.

And even when it got bad, Mike still made appearances at shows, drew gorgeous cover after gorgeous cover, and damn if he still didn’t make it all look easy.

Cancer took its toll but did not defeat him. Mike will continue to inspire, through word and picture, anecdote and hilarous, tall tale.

Rest in peace, Mike.

Michael Turner tributes.

I will be posting tributes to Michael Turner from other websites.  This is not to steal from other sites, but to get some of these beautiful thoughts and comments to even more people.  Please think of his family and friends at this time, and maybe sit down with some of his books to remember in your own way an artist that was taken way too soon.

Remembering Michael Turner – Jim (Mr Marvel) Trabold

from Jim Trabold’s MySpace page:

Michael Turner has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 37. Aspen Comics’ Vince Hernandez told CBR News Saturday morning that Turner passed away Friday night at 10:42 Pacific Time at Santa Monica Hospital in Calfiornia.

Turner is an artist best known for his work on books like “Witchblade,” where he got his start in comics, moving on to titles such as “Black Panther,” “Superman/Batman” and his very own creator owned series “Fathom” and “Soulfire” through his publishing company Aspen Comics. A prolific artist, he’s done work for both DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and has provided covers to some of the best-known comics published in the last ten years, including Brad Meltzer’s “Identity Crisis.”

Being a fan of his art it’s sad to see him go. To his family, friends and co-workers I say sorry for this great lose.

RIP Michael

Remembering Michael Turner – Mark Brooks

From Mark Brooks MySpace page:

Michael Turner’s passing

For anyone that might not have heard the news today, we lost one of the comic greats last night. Michael Turner, after waging a valiant fight with Cancer for the last 7+ years, Passed away last night at the age of 37.
To say I knew Mike would be a vast overstatement since I only saw him once or twice a year and it was usually just to say hello but I knew many of his friends very well and have come up in the industry hearing stories of Mike’s kindness and devotion to his thousands of fans and the smile that always donned his face even when the Cancer he suffered from was at it’s worst. year after year, even when in great pain, Mike would travel around the country to as many conventions as he could to show his appreciation to anyone that loved him or his work as well as pumping out cover after cover month in and month out even when the pain got so bad that he had to draw flat on his back. Mike set an example for all of us to follow whether it be work ethic or a general positive outlook on life even when things are at their worst.
They say that an artist is special because he or she is the only being in the world that is immortal. The works they create can live on forever far after the artist is gone. Mike proved this by showing all of us what is possible with hard work and determination and he created characters and worlds that will stand the test of time and keep him living in the artwork he drew.
If you knew Michael or his work, please take a moment tonight to pray for Mike as well as all the family and friends that are mourning his loss. If you’re not familiar with Mike, please take a second to look him up and see the kind of art he created. We lost one of the great ones today at far too young an age and our industry is poorer for it.

If you would like to send condolences to Michael’s family you are encouraged to do so. Please send them to:

Aspen MLT, Inc.
C/O Michael Turner
5855 Green Valley Circle, Suite 111
Culver City, CA, 90230

His company Aspen Comics is also encouraging anyone wishing to do so to send a charitable donation big or small in Mike’s name to The American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp or the Make-A-Wish Foundation http://www.wish.org/help?s_kwcid=make%20a%20wish|917760391

Till we meet again,
-Mark