Michael Turner passes away at 37.

from Comic Book Resources:

We here at Comic Book Resources are very sad to report that artist 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. The news spread quickly at Wizard World Chicago, during what would have otherwise been a riotous night at the hotel bar, the mood suddenly turned somber with remembrances of Turner from friends and acquaintances. A minute of silence will be observed during Wizard World Chicago Saturday afternoon.

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.”

In 2000, Turner was diagnosed with cancer — chondrosarcoma in the right pelvis, which resulted in his loosing his hip, 40% of his pelvis and three pounds of bone. What followed was 9 months of radiation. The cancer has gone into remission and returned multiple times since he was first diagnosed.

For anyone who’s met Turner, they’re likely to tell you what a genuinely nice guy he was and how his spirit for life was higher than anyone else they had ever met. Oddly, my path crossed with Turner’s numerous times. We both live in Los Angeles, and on at least five different occasions we would run into each other at clubs or special events around the city. He seemed like the kind of guy who was up for anything and had a great sense of adventure, especially as evidenced by his love and excellence at water-skiing and martial arts.

Last year during Comic-Con International in San Diego, I invited Michael Turner out to the CBR Yacht for an interview. He was happy to come out to the boat. His colleague and friend, Vince Hernandez, called me the Saturday afternoon the interview was scheduled to say they were running late, but were on their way. I went to the end of the dock to greet them and there, off in the distance, was Michael, Vince and a friend of theirs walking slowly towards our slip. They were walking slowly because Michael was on crutches, recovering from the latest round of surgeries and treatment. It was a hot day, but there was Michael, making his way to the boat with a smile on his face. His strength of will was truly inspirational.

The resulting interview was a wonderfully sweet one. I remember talking with him about his comics, his covers, his health and much more. After the interview he and his crew hung out on the boat for a while, enjoying the calm moment away from the convention with a soda and good conversation.

Sadly, that video interview never made it on to the site (not for anything to do with Michael or the content of the interview), but we’ll make sure that video is encoded this week and published in his memory and so that all of you can see what sort of man Turner was.

Turner’s fight with cancer was truly inspirational. He fought it with dignity and grace.

More details concerning Turner’s passing are forthcoming. Those wishing to send their condolences to Michael Turner’s family are encouraged to send them to:

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

Aspen Comics also encourages anyone wishing to make a charitable donation in Turner’s name can do so to his requested charities, The American Cancer Society or The Make-A-Wish Foundation

CBR extends it’s heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Michael Turner. He’ll be sorely missed.

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WWE Night of Champions card and thoughts.

Triple Threat match for the ECW Championship: Kane (c) vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry
WWE Championship: Triple H (c) vs. John Cena
World Tag Team Championship: Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Ted DiBiase and TBD
World Heavyweight Championship: Edge (c) vs. Batista
WWE Diva’s Championship: Natalya vs. TBD
This match will inaugurate SmackDown’s WWE Diva’s Championship by determining the first champion.
WWE Tag Team Championship: John Morrison and The Miz (c) vs. Finlay and Hornswoggle
WWE United States Championship: Matt Hardy (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero
WWE Women’s Championship: Mickie James (c) vs. Katie Lea Burchill
WWE Intercontinental Championship Chris Jericho (c) vs. TBD

The biggest question at this point is who will fill the blanks in some of these matches.  Three matches are missing an opponent.  Here are some possibilities:

WWE Divas title:  After this week’s Smackdown Six Diva tag match that Vickie Guerrero paid next to no attention to, I would think that the front runner to face Natalya is Vickie’s “wedding planner”  Alicia Fox.

WWE Intercontinental title:  The big guess is that Shawn Michaels will make a dramatic return to beat down Chris Jericho.  Another possibility would be a heel swerve by Jericho in which he lays down and lets Lance Cade pin him.  In one move, it puts over Cade, gives him a belt to get over, and frees up Jericho to feud over the World title.

World Tag Team Championship:  Assuming Ted Dibiasie’s partner will also be a second or third generation wrestler, there are a few possibilities in WWE.  It could still be DH Smith, and his draft move was just a swerve.  Cody Rhodes could be bought off and turn on Hardcore Holly.  Or, flying under the radar are two other 2nd generation wrestlers.  Deuce, recently traded to Raw, is the adopted son of Jimmy Superfly Snuka.  Also, Jesse from Smackdown is the son of the late Freebird, Terry Gordy.

We’ll find out tomorrow night.

Covers of the Week (part 2 of 4)

Captain America #39

Andru And Espositos Get Lost TPB

Huntress Year One #4 (of 6)

Indiana Jones Adventures #1

The Immortal Iron Fist #16

WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results June 27, 2008.

Vickie Guerrero introduces the new voice of Smackdown – Jim Ross!

Triple H comes out and puts over Smackdown, puts over Jim Ross, and hypes up Night of Champions.  Edge comes out.  Triple H and Edge face off, both with their respective belts.  They insult and one up each other for awhile.  Batista comes out, Triple H tosses Edge out of the ring where Batista spears Edge on the outside.  Batista then steals Edge’s title.

Kane and the Big Show vs. Mark Henry and MVP

MVP and Mark Henry have problems throughout the match.  MVP tries to leave, Mark throws him back into the ring.  Kane hits a choke slam on MVP for the pin.

Vickie is having a meeting with Alicia Fox.  Edge comes in and wants Vickie to do something to Batista so Edge can get his title back.

Finlay and Hornswoggle vs. Kurt Hawkins and Zach Ryder

Finlay hits the Celtic Cross on Hawkins, then Hornswoggle comes off the top rope with the Tadpole Splash for the pin.

Matt Hardy vs. Edge

After a good long match, Edge hits a spear on Hardy for the pin.

Jeff Hardy hype video.  Jeff returns to Smackdown next week.

Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, and Cherry vs. Maryse, Victoria, and Natalya

Vickie Guerrero is barely watching the match backstage, instead she is continuing to talk to Alicia Fox.  All six Divas brawl until Maryse rolls up Cherry for the pin.

Vladmir Kozlov vs. Domino

Kozlov hits a shouler tackle into Domino as Domino is coming off the top rope for the pin.

Rey Mysterio and Hornswoggle have a little interaction backstage.

Rey Mysterio comes out to say goodbye to Smackdown.

Batista vs. Umaga

Batista is about to pin Umaga when La Familia come out and jump him.  All the heels beat down Batista, Umaga just about destroys him.  Umaga is about to splash Batista when Triple H comes out for the save.  Batista and Triple H take out the heels.

Show ends.

Covers of the Week! (1 of 4)

These are the best covers out of all comics shipped June 25.

Apple Anthology GN

UDON ENTERTAINMENT CORP
by Various Straight from Korea comes a breathtaking new anthology series! From video games, to animation, to comics, Korean artists have touched all facets of modern media. APPLE lets these artists shine as their creativity flows through eye-popping artwork and wondrous original tales. Artist Hyung-Tae Kim (ROBOT, Magna Carta), is joined by dozens of Korea’s most talented creators.”

Archie Digest #245

ARCHIE COMICS

by Pat Kennedy, George Gladir, Tim Kennedy & Various Things get ‘hairy’ for Archie and Jughead when Reggie convinces them they’ll go bald just like their fathers! Can Dilton’s hair growth formula or the Internet’s ‘cure’ help our heroes tackle their ‘mane’ concern? Then, when Archie agrees to umpire a girls’ softball game, his eye is on more than the bats and ball! Plus, other new and classic tales, puzzles, pin-ups, and games!”

The Art of Animal Character Design

David’s Doodles

by David Colman

Finally, there is an art book above the rest. There are many animal drawing books out there, but none explain how to use the knowledge obtained from study in an actual trade craft. This book explores the methods, philosophies, and secrets of a top character designer in the animation industry when dealing with creating animal characters, both professional production samples and personal work make up the content.

Batman Gotham After Midnite #2 (of 12)

by Steve Niles, Kelley Jones

The Batman has been ambushed by a gang of thugs who want only one thing: the death of the Dark Knight Detective. But there is more to this nefarious plan than it seems. For at the stroke of midnight, the mysterious monster behind this gang wants to strike fear into the hearts of all the citizens of Gotham City!

Jack Of Fables TPB Vol. 3 – The Bad Prince

By:  Matthew Sturges, Bill Willingham, Tony Akins, Andrew Robinson, Andrew Pepoy, Russ Braun  

Jack’s now a wayward Fable in the heartland of America. Follow his extreme road stories as he reveals the secret of his former relationship with the illustrious Snow Queen (when he took her powers and became known as Jack Frost).

TNA Impact Results June 26, 2008.

Consequences Creed vs. AJ Styles

AJ pins Creed after a Styles Clash.

JB comes out and tells AJ that Kurt Angle is waiting in the parking lot for Karen.  AJ runs to the parking lot.

Backstage, security is seperating Kurt Angle from AJ and Karen.  AJ says he’ll protect Karen Angle.

Brother Ray vs. Christian Cage

Johnny Devine runs in and tries to hit Christian with a kendo stick.  Cage catches him and tosses Devine out of the ring.  Brother Ray uses the kendo stick on Cage, leading to a disqualification.  Ray and Devine beat on Cage.  Brother Devon and Tomko bring out a glass topped table.  Ray power bombs Cage off the top rope and through the glass table!  The heels pose, then leave when the EMTs come out to check on Christian.  Eric Young and Kaz come out to check on Christian (a little late, guys).  The EMTs place a towel on Christian’s back to “soak up the blood”.  Nice touch.

JB interviews Kevin Nash.  Samoa Joe interjects.

The Awesome Kong $25,000 Challenge:

“Danielle” signs up to face Kong.  During the match Shantelle Taylor shows up again.  Taylor yells at Kong, Kong shoves her.  Kong beats the hell out of Danielle until the merciful pin following the Awesome Bomb.  Taylor jumps into the ring and brawls with Kong until security seperates them.  Jim Cornette tells Taylor that that’s not how we do things in TNA.  Taylor asks to fight Kong, or Saed, she just wants one more chance.  Cornette brings her back to the office so they can talk about it.

TNA Knocked Out profile on Angelina Love.

Frank Trigg comes out and calls out AJ Styles.  AJ is backstage with Karen, who is trying to calm him down (and for some reason JB is there).  AJ leaves to go after Trigg.  AJ gets to the ring, Trigg leaves, and AJ sees what has been happening in the locker room.  Backstage, Kurt Angle confronts Karen.  He says he won’t lay a hand on Karen, but someone else will.  The Beautiful People attack Karen and put the paper bag on her.

World X Cup Tournament first round match.

Team International and Team TNA come out to watch the match.

Team Japan – Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino vs. Team Mexico – Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucannero

Rey and Ultimo pin Naruki after Rey jumps off the top rope and hits a top rope corkscrew senton onto Naruki who is placed accross Ultimo’s knees.

Lauren interviews Jay Lethal and So Cal Val.

Sonjay Dutt wants Val to be “set free”.  Val comes down to the ring to yell at Sonjay.  Jay Lethal runs down the ring to brawl with Sonjay until Dutt runs away.

JB interviews Booker T in his new “star” dressing room.

TNA Rough cut feature on Matt Morgan.

Tomko and Kurt Angle (and JB) talk backstage.  Tomko tells Kurt he’s gone too far and needs to get over Karen.  Team 3D show up and set Kurt up on some blind dates for next week.

“Knockout Bimbo Brawl” – a no-DQ, weapons are legal match.

Moose vs. ODB

Moose hits a double arm DDT onto a chair for the pin.

Kevin Nash vs. Booker T

(Samoa Joe is sitting at ringside)

Booker T pushes over Samoa Joe to take his chair.  Booker then hits Joe with that chair.  Joe gets up and goes after Booker.  Joe is in the ring and attempts to kick Booker, Booker moves and Joe hits Nash instead.  Booker tosses Joe out of the ring and pins Nash.  Kevin Nash and Samoa Joe have dissension in the ranks.

Show ends.

UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin card

Main Card

Preliminary Card