2018 in comics

Notable events of 2018 in comics. See also List of years in comics. This is a list of comics-related events in 2018. It includes any relevant comics-related events, deaths of notable comics-related people, conventions and first issues by title.

EventsEdit

FebruaryEdit

  • February 3: The final episode of Bud Grace's Piranha Club is published. [1]
  • February 13: A legal declaration on behalf of Stan Lee's attorney Tom Lallas accuses Lee's daughter, Joan Celia Lee, and attorneys Jerry Olivarez, Keya Morgan and Kirk Schenck of "continuing attempts to control Lee's life and exercise undue influence over his property, assets and business affairs."[2] In April Lee is however filmed denying the accusations, yet confirming that he signed the statement, despite not being able to properly read it due to macular degeneration.[2]
  • February 16: Stan Lee's tour manager, Max Anderson, is removed by the police for aggressive behaviour towards Lee. The report is filed by Keya Morgan and denied by Anderson.[2]
  • February 18: Guy Gilchrist quits drawing Nancy after continuing the series for 22 years.[3]
  • Anne Guillard's comic book On A Chopé la Puberté in her Les Pipelettes series causes controversy on the accusation that it's sexist and confirms stereotypes about young women being lust objects. A petition is signed to remove it from shops and the publishing company agrees to not reprint it. Guillard writes an open letter the next month, effectively terminating her series there and then.[4]

MarchEdit

AprilEdit

MayEdit

JuneEdit

AugustEdit

  • August 6: In Ghent, Belgium cartoonist Mauro Padovani and his husband Thomas become victim of gay bashing. They have to be brought to a hospital. The culprits are later arrested.[20][21]
  • August 10: In an interview Stan Lee confirms that he made some bad decisions regarding his financial matters, but denies any bad relations with his daughter.[22]
  • August 30: Mercy-Man debuts as Tajikistan's first superhero.[23][24]

SeptemberEdit

  • September 28: French comics artist Bastien Vivès causes controversy with the graphic novel Petit Paul, about a ten-year-old boy who is stalked for his huge penis by adult women. A petition is signed to ban the book, which some stores effectively do.[25][26]

DeathsEdit

JanuaryEdit

  • January 8: Ron Tandberg, Australian cartoonist and comics artist (Fred and Others), dies at age 74.[27]
  • January 18: Mark Campos, American alternative comics artist (Places That Are Gone), commits suicide at age 55.[28]
  • January 18: Chandi Lahiri, Indian cartoonist, dies at age 86.[29][30][31]
  • January 24:
  • January 25: Torvald Sundbaum, Swedish comics artist (continued Buster Perk, worked for the Swedish edition of Mad Magazine, made a comics version of the radio series Osynliga Klubben), dies at age 89.[34]
  • January 27: Mort Walker, American comics writer/creator (Hi and Lois, Beetle Bailey, Sam's Strip, Mrs. Fits' Flats, The Evermores, Gamin and Patches) and artist (Beetle Bailey, Boner's Ark), dies at age 94.[35]
  • January 31: Cav Bøgelund, Danish animator and comics artist (Sorte), drowns at age 39 in mysterious circumstances.[36]

FebruaryEdit

  • February 2: Servais Tiago, Portuguese comics artist and animator, passes away at age 92.[37]
  • February 22: Forges, Spanish film director, television director and cartoonist (Blasillo, La Foca Concha and Romerales), dies at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.[38][39]
  • February 25: Howard Sparber, American painter, sculptor and comics artist (Timmmy, Crax and Jax, The Byrd House, Trix of the Trade), dies at age 97.[40]
  • February 27:
    • William Gezzio, Uruguayan comics artist (Charoná, Campito, Humornautas), dies at age 73.[41]
    • Bill Lignante, American comics artist, courtroom sketch artist and animator (continued The Phantom), dies at age 91.[42]

MarchEdit

  • March 1: Hans Räde, German graphic artist, painter and comics artist (Colli's wundersame Reise), dies at age 96.[43]
  • March 15: Robert Grossman, American painter, caricaturist, sculptor, filmmaker, poster designer, comics artist, cartoonist and animator (Zoonooz, Twump & Pooty, political-satirical comics for The New Yorker), dies at age 78.[44][45]
  • March 19: Murray Karn, Canadian comics artist (Thunderfist, Jeff Waring), dies at age 92 or 93.[46]
  • March 25: Fred Boatman, American cartoonist and graphic artist (made cartoons for CARtoons), passes away at age 83.[47]
  • March 26: Lee Holley, American comics artist (Ponytail, assisted on Dennis the Menace and Looney Tunes comics), dies at age 84 in an airplane crash.[48]
  • Specific date unknown: Gérald Gorridge, French comics artist (Histoire Sans Titre, Olycka, La Dame de Lettonie, Les Tristes Conséquences d'un Échec du Sire de Bougainville), dies at age 60.[49]

AprilEdit

  • April 8: Gunnar Persson, Swedish comics artist (Gus, continued Kronblom, created the spin-off Ur Klackamo Dagbok), dies at age 85 after injuries from a fall.[50]
  • April 9: Phil Collins, Canadian comics artist (Leonardo), dies at age 86.[51]
  • April 10: F'murr, French comics artist (Le Génie des alpages), dies at age 72.[52]
  • April 18: Pino Rinaldi, Italian comics artist (continued Martin Mystère and worked for Marvel Comics), dies from pancreatic cancer at the age of 60.[53]

MayEdit

  • May 7: Miki Muster, Slovenian sculptor, illustrator, comics artist and animator (Zvitorepec, Trdonja, Lakotnik), dies at age 92.[54]
  • May 14: William Vance, Belgian comics artist (Bruno Brazil, Bob Morane, XIII), passes away at age 82 from Parkinson's disease.[55]
  • May 18: Antonio Lupatelli aka Tony Wolf, Oda Taro, L'Alpino and Antony Moore, Italian illustrator, writer and comics artist (Ciccio Sprai, Robi e Robo, continued Hayawatha, Freddie Frog, Fun in Toyland, Little Sooty, Moony Moon, illustrated The Woodland Folk book series and the Pingu, Pandi and Teddy the Bear book adaptations), passes away at age 88.[56]
  • May 18: Fred Peters, American animator and comics artist (EC Comics), dies at age 95.[57][58]
  • May 27: Julio Ribera, aka Jules McSide, aka Bop, Spanish comics artist (Le Vagabond des Limbes (The Vagabond of Limbo), Le Grand Manque, Le Grand Scandale, Dracurella, Montserrat), passes away at age 91.[59]

JuneEdit

JulyEdit

  • July 3: Takahiro Satō, Japanese manga artist (Satō's Samejima, Saigo no Jūgonichi), dies at age 41.[63]
  • July 5: Pepe Ferré, Spanish comics artist (Comicon S.L., Disney comics, Rolf Kauka comics, Egmont-Ehapa), dies at the age of 69.[64]
  • July 13: Frank Giroud, French comics writer (Louis la Guigne, Louis Ferchot, Mandrill, the Décalogue trilogy.), passes away at age 62.[65]
  • July 19: Claude Viseur, aka Clovis, Belgian animator and comics artist (worked on Michel Vaillant), dies at age 71 or 72. [66]
  • July 20: Jeff Hook, Australian cartoonist (Jeff's View), dies at age 89.[67]
  • July 26: Luigi Corteggi, aka Cortez, Italian comics artist, dies at age 85.[68]

AugustEdit

SeptemberEdit

  • September 6: Edouard Aidans, aka Jok, Joke, Delcroix and Hardan, Belgian comics artist (Bob Binn, Tounga, Marc Franval, Les Panthères, La Toile et la Dague, Tony Stark, continued Bernard Prince, Les Saintes Nitouches), dies at age 88.[77]
  • September 7: Carlos Ceesepe, Spanish painter, illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 60 from leukemia.[78]
  • September 24: Norm Breyfogle, 58, American comic book artist (Batman, Prime), complications from a stroke.[79][80]
  • September 24: Bert Cornelius, Dutch comics artist (Mussengang), dies at age 66.[81]
  • September 30: René Pétillon, French political cartoonist and comics artist (Jack Palmer, Docteur Miracle, Le Baron Noir), passes away at age 72.[82]
  • September 30: Carlos Ezquerra, Spanish comics artist (Judge Dredd), dies at age 70.[83][84]

OctoberEdit

NovemberEdit

DecemberEdit

  • December 13: Jean-Pierre Van Rossem, Belgian economist, politician, criminal and comics writer (wrote the script for his own celebrity comics series Van Rossem, drawn by Erik Meynen [100]), passes away at age 73.[101]
  • December 17: José Clémen, Argentine comic artist and illustrator, dies at age 89 or 90.[102]
  • December 20: F. W. Bernstein, German poet and cartoonist, dies at age 80.[103]
  • December 24: Grazia Nidasio, Italian comics artist (Valentina Mela Verde, Steffi), dies at age 87.[104]
  • December 27: Børge Ring, Danish animator, jazz musician and comics artist (Distel, Kobus en Kachelmans, Fleurtje, worked on Pelle Svanslös and Disney comics), dies at age 97.[105]

ConventionsEdit

First issues by titleEdit

Doctor Strange: Damnation
Released February by Marvel Comics. Writers: Donny Cates and Nick Spencer Artist: Rod Reis
Farmhand
Released July by Image Comics. Writer & Artist: Rob Guillory
Sonic the Hedgehog
Released April by IDW Publishing. Writer: Ian Flynn Artist: Tracy Yardley
X-Men Red
Released February by Marvel Comics. Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Mahmud Asrar

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