On the morning of April 30th, Smash Pages lost our co-founder, contributor, and friend, Tim O’Shea from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Our own JK Parkin wrote a touching memorial on Sunday. Tim’s funeral service will be held at the Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, May 20th. More details and virtual guest book can be found here.
Over the last few days, touching tributes to Tim appeared on social media, praising his passion and contributions to the comic industry.
Ben Morse, Editorial Director of Marvel Digital Media:
Remembering the great Tim O'Shea, who passed this morning: https://news.marvel.com/comics/76/coloring_the_secret_wars_ive_svorcina pic.twitter.com/UzFI8O4jzH
— Ben Morse (@BenJMorse) April 30, 2017
Alex Segura, writer and PR of Archie Comics, founder of The Great Curve:
Sad to hear of the passing of Tim O'Shea. A class act. Smart, friendly and always around with a kind word. RIP. An honor to have known him.
— Alex Segura (@alex_segura) April 30, 2017
Joey Weiser, cartoonist, Mermin and Spongebob Comics:
RIP Tim O'Shea, whose reviews and interviews with me early in my career meant a lot to me
— Joey Weiser (@joeyweiser) April 30, 2017
Joshua Hale Fialkov, writer, Elk’s Run and The Bunker:
Sad to hear about Tim O'Shea's passing. One of comics big sweet men.
— Joshua Hale Fialkov (@JoshFialkov) April 30, 2017
Tom Fowler, cartoonist, Quantum & Woody, Hulk: Season One:
So sorry to hear about the passing of Tim O'Shea. He was a great guy & always fun to talk to at cons. My love and condolences to his family.
— tom fowler (@tomfowlerbug) May 1, 2017
Alejandro Arbano, editor, Valiant Comics:
I didn't know Tim O'Shea or his work too well, but the outpouring of love and grief from great people in comics is quite a testament to him
— Alejandro A. Arbona (@Alejandrobot) May 1, 2017
Bruce McCorkindale, inker, Godzilla, Green Hornet:
Sad to hear that Tim O'Shea died. He was an excellent interviewer, and I was grateful that he took an interest in some of my work. RIP.
— Bruce McCorkindale (@brucemccorkinda) May 1, 2017
Peter Krause, cartoonist, Irredeemable, Insufferable, Power of Shazam:
Tim O'Shea–@talkingwithtim–was often more complimentary of my work than it deserved. For that, I will always be grateful.
— Peter Krause (@petergkrause) May 1, 2017
Katherine Keller, editrix, SequentialTart.com:
Just got news my friend Tim O'Shea died. He was a good writer and a good person. #FuckCancer
— Katherine Keller (@sequentialkady) April 30, 2017
Mike Norton, cartoonist, Battlepug:
Sad to hear about Tim O'Shea.
— Potential Grizzly (@themikenorton) May 1, 2017
Greg Pak, writer, Planet Hulk, Totally Awesome Hulk, Weapon X:
Oh, no. So sad to hear about the passing of Tim O'Shea. A great writer with a huge heart. Deepest condolences to his friends and family. https://t.co/e8JVv6kyp4
— Greg Pak (@gregpak) April 30, 2017
Sam Humphries, writer, Green Lanterns, Our Love Is Real:
RIP Tim O'Shea, a great comics interviewer. https://t.co/rDaUQcqfZx
— Sam Humphries (@samhumphries) April 30, 2017
Jason Horn, cartoonist, Power Skull:
Turns out, making comics is easy. Getting the word out is the hard part. Tim O'Shea helped a lot of us with the hard part. He'll be missed.
— JasonHorn (@newjasonhorn) April 30, 2017
Clayton Cowles, letterer, Star Wars, Batman, The Wicked + the Devine:
— Clayton Cowles (@ClaytonCowles) April 30, 2017
Patrick Dean, cartoonist, The Blizzard of 1993:
Devastated to hear of Tim O'Shea passing away.
— Patrick Dean (@PDean_Yeah) April 30, 2017
J.L. Mast, artist, Daredevil/Punisher, Guardians of the Galaxy:
RIP Tim O'Shea. Great guy. He was the 1st guy to write about my first "pro" comicbook "Pax Arena" on CBR which made me so proud at the time
— JL Mast (@HeyMast) April 30, 2017
Mark Andrew Smith, writer, Gladstone School for World Conquerors:
Sorry to hear of the passing of Tim O'Shea
— Mark Smith (@MarkAndrewSmith) April 30, 2017
Neil Kleid, art director, writer/letterer, Kings and Canvas:
Just learned that @talkingwithtim passed this morning. A good man. A big loss. A champion of good comics. Rest In Peace, sir
— Neil Kleid (@neilkleid) April 30, 2017
Van Jensen, writer, The Flash, James Bond, Cryptocracy:
God. Just learned @talkingwithtim died. A dear friend, and one of the earliest people to encourage me in comics. I miss you, pal.
— Van Jensen (@van_jensen) April 30, 2017
Dave Scheidt, writer, Adventure Time, Aw Yeah Comics:
Very sad to hear about the passing of @talkingwithtim but so lucky to have had such an original and loving voice in comics.
— Dave Scheidt (@DaveScheidt) April 30, 2017
Tom Feister, cartoonist, Grand Passion, Ex Machina:
Knowing @talkingwithtim made me a better person. He was so open with his thoughts and feelings. He lived his life with courage and love.
— tomfeister (@tomfeister) April 30, 2017
Sandy Jarrell, cartoonist, Reggie & Me, Meteor Men, Batman ’66:
I've missed seeing @talkingwithtim at shows for years, sad that I'll never see him again. All the best to his family and friends.
— Sandy Jarrell (@sandy_jarrell) April 30, 2017
Phillip Hester, writer, artist, The Wretch, The Black Terror, The Coffin
Oh, shoot. Just now learning of Tim O'Shea's passing. Great interviewer. Too young.
— Phillip Hester (@philhester) May 2, 2017
Jamie S. Rich, group editor, Vertigo Comics:
Tim was a true gentleman of comics. He's already missed. https://t.co/zg7iuXaQL0
— Jamie S. Rich (@jamieESrich) May 1, 2017
Paul Allor, writer, TMNT, Clue, GI Joe, Tet, Strange Nation
Just hearing this terrible news. Tim gave me some of my first interviews when I was starting out. He was kind, generous and professional. https://t.co/9YcfGsX1Tn
— Paul Allor (@PaulAllor) May 1, 2017
Dan Slott, writer, Amazing Spider-Man, Silver Surfer:
Sad to hear this. Did a number of interviews with Tim. Always upbeat. Always with a passion for comics. All my love to his family & friends. https://t.co/xJedB1YRbI
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) April 30, 2017
Tom Spurgeon, blogger, The Comics Reporter:
so sad to hear of the passing of Tim O'Shea, after his long battle; so nice, so proud of his place in the community, RIP
— Tom Spurgeon (@comicsreporter) April 30, 2017
Jason Copland, artist, Kill All Monsters:
John Jackson Miller, writer, Mass Effect, Star Wars:
JL Mast, artist, Daredevil/Punisher Seventh Circle:
Zack Smith, writer, Newsarama, Independent Weekly:
Dean Haspiel, writer, artist, Billy Dogma, The Quitter, Keyhole:
Heidi MacDonald, blogger, The Beat (full post here):
Tim was part of the starting line-up of The Great Curve, a blog started by Alex Segura that went on to become Blog@Newsarama and then Robot 6. Ah the great days of comics blogging! Tim was one of the foundational members of that group, with solid work and insights. More than that, he was a guy with a huge heart, just one of the nicest, sweetest people[…] Tim touched many people, myself included, and he won’t be forgotten.