i have talked a bit about my friend, rich case, before, and i will again in a week or so when perhapanauts 2 hits the stands and you all get a chance to see the wonderful illustrations he provided for our second back-up story, "the other arisa." rich was one of mike's studio mates back when they had this great workspace called artamus studios. they worked side-by-side as a matter of fact and it was fun to talk with both of them while we were doing sensational spider-man; mike pencilling, rich inking, and yours truly telling them what to draw.
a few weeks ago, rich shared his tribute piece with matt and i and we've spoken about it a couple of times. it is beautiful and glorious and captures mike in such an honest and intimate way.
this IS mike, this is his environment, this is his dream.
if i look at it too long, i do get sad. but then i keep looking at it, and it fills me with joy.
this is more than a tribute to mike and his work.
it's a reflection of who he was.