24 July 2010

[pdx] A Moment of Silence for Cartoonist John Callahan , 1951-2010

2477.
Just broken by the WWeek: Callahan, the famous PDX quad who draws teh politically-incorrect funnay, has passed on after a year of fighting additional ailments apparently brought on by surgical complications.

He was 59 years old, which, I suppose if you had asked him, was a whole lot of years longer than he thought he'd have gotten.

The WWeek note can be seen at http://blogs.wweek.com/news/2010/07/24/john-callahan-dead-at-60/

Also, centered at the bottom of his website's front page (http://callahanonline.com) underneath his portrait photo is simply the notation "1951-2010", which seems about right in tone - Callahan may have had many moods, but public sentimentality never seemed to be one of them.

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4 comments:

Snowbrush said...

I was crazy about the guy, so I'm way sorry to hear this. By the way, your birthday and death dates add up to 59, not 60.

Snowbrush said...

P.S. Wikipedia already has the death date:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Callahan_(cartoonist)

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Thanks for the feedback. In citing the age, I was going with what Willamette Week had. But, sharp eye. Thanks again for that.

Actually I was the one who just edited that Wikipedia entry, again using the WW obit as source.

It's hard to get something past you, tell you what! B-)

I was a fan of Callahan's cartooning work, but mostly the early stuff. For a long time, I got the WW specifically to see Callahan's panel. Although I did detect, say in the last 5 years or so, that he wasn't as funny as he used to be ... it was almost as though he was aping his younger self's work. But I had read somewhere (where, I don't recall) that he was growing bored with comic drawing, and when you been doing it as long has he has, I guess eventually it would grow a bit stale.

Chicken Awesome said...

Oh, no! This is news to me. He really was one of the greats.

I love that he would get hate mail from self-righteous dweebs, crying about the subjects of his cartoons while ignorant of the man's condition.

R.I.P. John. Gonna look through a couple book collections of his work (including a National Lampoon which introduced me to the guy) in remembrance of a great talent.