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Bill Blackbeard, 1926-2011
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under RC HarveyKrazy KatFantagraphics historyDan Nadel 25 Apr 2011 2:40 PM

Bill Blackbeard - photo by R.C. Harvey

It's safe to say that Fantagraphics, and indeed the entire comics landscape, would not exist as we know it today without the efforts of comics scholar and archivist Bill Blackbeard. I never had the honor of interacting with the man, but his importance and influence reverberates throughout everything we do here, and not just the projects we had the good fortune to work on directly with him, such as the Krazy & Ignatz series he spearheaded. We are saddened by the loss and will strive to be worthy of his legacy.

He is memorialized at The Comics Journal by R.C. Harvey (who took the photo above), Jeet Heer, Dan Nadel, and various other colleagues and admirers.