2019 in comics

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Notable events of 2019 in comics. See also List of years in comics. This is a list of comics-related events in 2019. It includes any relevant comics-related events, deaths of notable comics-related people, conventions and first issues by title.

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Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • January 7: First installment of the comic strip Alley Oop written by Joey Alison Sayers and illustrated by Jonathan Lemon.
  • January 25: Canadian-Dutch artist Maia Matches is inaugurated as the annual Stadstekenaar van Amsterdam (City Illustrator of Amsterdam).[1]
  • January: The final issue of the French comics magazine Psikopat is published.[2]

February[edit]

  • February 15: The oldest Danish comics store in the world, Fantask, in Copenhagen, announces it will close down in June after 47 years.[3] Within two days a crowdfunding campaign saves the store from this fate and it continues its existence.[4]
  • February 20: Dutch comics writer Patty Klein is knighted in the Order of the Dutch Lion. She passes away less than a month later.[5]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • July 3: It is announced that Mad Magazine will no longer publish original material from August on and disappear from the newsstands. It will only be available via subscription and direct markets, specializing on reprints, but with brand new covers. It will still publish occasional specials.[23]

September[edit]

October[edit]

  • October 7: In Haarlem, the Netherlands, the first comics mural of the city is revealed, designed by Thé Tjong-Khing.[25][26]
  • October 23: Belgian comics publishers Standaard Uitgeverij and Ballon Media merge.[27]

December[edit]

  • December 23: The Antwerp mini-theme park and exhibition Comics Station is sold to Studio 100.[28]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

  • January 1: Dagfinn Bakke, Finnish painter and comics artist, dies at age 85.[29]
  • January 8: Arturo Rojas de la Cámara, aka Rojas, Spanish comics artist (Cucharito, Nabucondonosor, Gedeon, El Genio Eustaquio, Agente 7-7 a la Izquierda, Centaurito, Aladino, Don Percebe y Basilio, Anibal), dies at age 88.[30]
  • January 10: Ron Smith, British comics artist (Judge Dredd), dies at age 94.[31]
  • January 12: Batton Lash, American comics writer and artist (Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre, aka Supernatural Law, Archie Meets The Punisher, Obama Nation), dies at age 65 from brain cancer.[32]
  • January 15: Isaac del Rivero Sr., Spanish comics writer and artist, passes away at age 87 or 88.[33]
  • January 16:
    • Pauli Heikkilä, Finnish novelist and comics artist (Vanhat herrat), dies at age 60.[34]
    • Hanza Sanchō, Japanese comics artist, passes away at age 90.
    • Denis Sire, French comics artist and illustrator (Menace Diabolique, Bois Willys), dies at age 65.[35]
  • January 18: Angel Del Arbol, Spanish comics artist (Sevla Rebelde, Aventuras Deportivas, Laura, Cuentos Gigante Tres Hadas, Macabro, comics based on Tom & Jerry), dies at age 82.[36]
  • January 19: Bort, Italian comics artist (Le Ultime Parole Famose), dies at age 92.[37]
  • January 28: Frans Buissink, Dutch painter, journalist and comics writer (Sjors en Sjimmie, Brammetje Bram), dies at age 75.[38]
  • January 29: Alex Barbier, French comics artist and painter (worked for Charlie Mensuel, Les Paysages de la Nuit, Comme un Poulet Sans Tête, dies at age 68.[39]

February[edit]

  • February 1: Ted Stearn, American animator and comics artist (Fuzz & Pluck, The Forgotten Dream of a Melancholy Chef), dies at age 57 from AIDS.[40]
  • February 2: Kakashi Oniyazu, Japanese comics artist (Though You May Burn to Ash, Date Ast Like), dies at an unknown age.[41]
  • February 8: Sérgio Tibúrcio Graciano, Brazilian comics artist (assistant of Mauricio de Sousa), dies at age 83.[42]
  • February 9: Tomi Ungerer, French novelist, illustrator, cartoonist and poster designer (The Three Robbers, Flat Stanley, Underground Sketchbook, The Party, Fornicon), passes away at age 87.[43]
  • February 15: Werner Hierl, German comics artist (Rolf Kauka), and animator (Bavaria Film), dies at age 88 or 89.[44]
  • February 17: Claude Renard, Belgian comics artist (Ivan Casablanca, 1914-1918, Les Anges de Mons) and teacher (founder of Atelier R), dies at age 72.[45]
  • February 18: Jacques Sandron, French comics artist (Godaille et Godasse, Raphaël et les Timbres), dies at age 76.[46]
  • February 19: Dee, Malaysian comics artist (Hello Bos), dies at age 52.[47]
  • February 20: Har Brok, Dutch journalist and writer (wrote various books about Hergé, among them: Kuifje, Van Leerlingjournalist tot Wereldberoemd Reporter), dies at age 76.[48]
  • February 21: Àngel Badia i Camps, Spanish painter, illustrator and comics artist (Pilaropo, created comics for Fleetway, Bruguera and Ricart), dies at age 89–90.[49]
  • February 25: Tadeusz Raczkiewicz, Polish cartoonist, comics writer and artist (Kusmider i Filo, Tajfun), dies at age 69.[50]

March[edit]

  • March 2: Sergio Tuis, Italian comics artist (La Pattuglia dei Bufali, Kirby Flint, Agente senza Nome, continued Martin Mystère), dies at age 83.[51]
  • March 6: Shigehisa Sunagawa, Japanese comics artist, dies at age 77.[52]
  • March 12: Tom K. Ryan, American comics artist (Tumbleweeds), dies at age 92.[53]
  • March 14: Augusto Cid, Spanish caricaturist, illustrator, sculptor and comics artist (Bicas e Bocas), dies at age 77.[54]
  • March 15:
  • March 17: Ken Bald, American comics artist and illustrator (Namora, Judd Saxon, made comics adaptations of the TV series Dr. Kildare and Dark Shadows), dies at age 98.[56]
  • March 21: Pedro Alfonso Abelenda Escudero, or Abelenda, Spanish painter and comics artist, dies at age 87.[57]
  • March 23: Benno Vranken, Dutch comics artist (comics in the magazine Zone 5300, Walburg), dies at age 57.[58]
  • March 24: Olivier Cinna, French comics artist (La Fête des Morts, Ordures, Hibakusha), dies at age 46.[59]
  • March 27: Leslie Sternbergh, American comics artist, passes away at age 58.[60]
  • March 29: Mark Alessi, American comics publisher (founder of CrossGen), dies at 65.[61]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • June 4: Rinaldo Traini, Italian comics promoter (co-organiser of the Salone Internazionale dei Comics festival) and comics writer (wrote for Guido Buzzelli, Roberto Diso and Corrado Mastantuono), dies at age 88.[82]
  • June 5: Helmut Nickel, German comics artist (Titanus, Don Pedro, Robinson Crusoë), dies at age 95.[83]
  • June 6: Kees Sparreboom, Dutch painter, illustrator and comics artist (Boot & Van Dijk and various autobiographical comics), passes away from cancer at age 79.[84]
  • June 7: Reto Gloor, Swiss comics artist (Das Karma-Problem), passes away at age 66.[85]
  • June 9: Fabien Lacaf, French screenwriter and comics artist (Les Patriotes), passes away at age 65.[86]
  • June 28: Kaj Pindal, Danish-Canadian comics artist and animator (Professor Phidus), passes away at age 91.[87]
  • June 30:
    • Armando Salas Martinez, Spanish comics artist (El Eden), dies at age 73.[88]
    • Guillermo Mordillo, Argentine cartoonist and animator, dies at age 86.[89]

July[edit]

  • July 11: Pepita Pardell, Spanish animator, cartoonist, illustrator and painter (worked for Ediciones Toray), dies at age 91.[90]
  • July 12: Klaas Knol, Dutch store employee (longest-serving employee of Amsterdam comics store Lambiek), passes away at age 64.[91]
  • July 13: Ger Rijff, Dutch comics artist (De Vogels, Daan en Dodo, various sex parody comics, co-author of the Suske en Wiske spoof De Glunderende Gluurder), dies at age 67.[92]

August[edit]

September[edit]

  • September 1: George Abe, Japanese comics writer (Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shichnin), dies at age 82.[101]
  • September 5:
    • Charles Jarry, Belgian comics artist (Élodie d'Avray, Costa), dies at age 66.[102]
    • Jaroslav Weigel, Czech playwright, writer, painter, actor and comics writer (Lips Tullian), passes away at age 88.[103]
  • September 9: Kim Seong-hwan, South Korean comics artist (Gobau), dies at age 86.[104]
  • September 11: Daniel Johnston, American outsider musician and cartoonist (Space Ducks), dies at age 58 from a heart attack.[105]
  • September 12: Bill Schelly, American publisher (the fanzine Superheroes Anonymous, Sense of Wonder) and writer (The Golden Age of Comic Fandom), dies at age 67.[106]
  • September 27: Patrick Tandiang, French comics artist (Le Matin des Suaires Brûlés, Japper Jack), dies at age 58.[107]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • December 7: Dani Dacquin, Belgian comics artist (Adam en Eva, De Lotgevallen van Lotje, Yoeko), passes away at age 84.[123]
  • December 8: Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer, voice actor, comics artist and animator (Harvey), dies at age 85.[124]
  • December 9: Patrice Ordas, French novelist and comics writer (wrote comics for Patrick Cothias[125]), dies at age 68.[126][127]
  • December 19:
    • Jules Deelder, Dutch poet, orator and comics writer (wrote scripts for the comic book series Amber en Akka and Professor Hilarius, drawn by Rob Derks.[128]) and inspired his own celebrity comic (Juul Deeldert, drawn by Vick Debergh [129]), passes away at age 75.[130]
    • Freek Neirynck, Belgian theatre director, journalist, actor, writer and comics writer (wrote comics for Buth [131] and Knut Kersse [132]), dies at age 70.[133]
  • December 20: Gerry Alanguilan, Filipino comic book artist and writer (Wasted, Elmer, X-Men), dies at age 51.[134]

Conventions[edit]

First issues by title[edit]

Archie vs. Predator II
Release July by Archie Comics and Dark Horse Comics. Writer: Alex de Campi Artist: Robert Hack
Going to the Chapel (Comic)
Released September by Action Lab Comics. Writer: David Pepose Artist: Gavin Guidry.
Spencer & Locke 2
Released May by Action Lab Comics. Writer: David Pepose Artist: Jorge Santiago, Jr.

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