Friday, May 18, 2012

RIP Ernie Chan



(Gil Kane/Ernie Chan)
RIP Ernie Chan. Ernie worked on the one Conan comic issue that my brother had that I used to read over and over again when I was a little kid. This issue of Conan has been and will be locked in my brain forever.  
I remember the first time I tabled at the Alternative Press Expo, 2006: It was early in the day, Sunday, the place was still empty. I was bored out of my mind. An older gray-haired Filipino man came up to my table. He asked a lot of questions like why I wanted to be a cartoonist, what I wanted to do with my comics and what were they about. He seemed really concerned like your typical Filipino uncle. He was interested in my stories about being Filipino. It was weird for me because no one had asked that many questions to me that entire weekend. I asked what he did, and he said he was a penciller. He showed me what he was working on: a penciled drawing of a sci-fi superhero gal with big boobs. HA, yep, just like an uncle! It was cool to see that this "old" guy was still working on stuff even if it was not up my alley. For years after that, I was trying to find out who he was. He never gave me his name or his business card. I later found out, actually from the photos accompanying the news of his death that this man was Ernie Chan who also lived in Oakland. Small world.
RIP Ernie. Wish we could have met again. I would have been less stupid to talk to about comics now, and had more answers about my own comics than I did when we first time we met. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family, friends and fans.

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2012/05/conan-artist-ernie-chan-passes-away-at-age-71/

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