On September 10, comics creator and small-press publisher Dylan Williams lost his battle with cancer. He was my friend as well as a colleague. Dylan was a kind-hearted, funny, and insightful person, who perhaps knew more about (and loved more about) comics than anyone I know. Hailing from the Bay Area, he’d also spent some of his early years in India (due to his mother being a professor at UC Berkeley). His first comics teacher was Morrie Turner, of “Wee Pals” fame.
Dylan began self-publishing his mini-comic series “Horse” in the early 90′s. He dropped out of college, reportedly because his art teachers did not take comics seriously enough and began to work in comic book stores. While an employee at Comic Relief, he was able to peruse a wide variety of rare comic books and begin educating himself on comics of the past. Dylan began to champion the work of underrated and overlooked artists in his zine “86″ and also in magazines like “Destroy All Comics.” He created a superb website devoted to one of his favorite artists, Mort Meskin. He also interviewed Bill Blackbeard and raised awareness of his newspaper comics archive (then located in San Francisco, now in Ohio). (more…)