Official Press Release
Aspen MLT Inc. is extremely proud and honored to announce the upcoming release of the Tribute To Michael Turner Issue, featuring a huge compilation of writers, creators and artists from throughout the comic book industry and beyond. Following the passing of Aspen founder and more importantly—friend on June 27th, 2008, Aspen decided to pay tribute to Turner and the legacy he leaves behind with this very special memoriam.
Some of the participating creators spoke on the project:
Frank Mastromauro: “Those first couple of months after Mike’s passing were pretty unbearable for us, but thankfully we had a lot of great friends and colleagues around the industry to lean on and lend a hand, or shoulder. So many people were asking what we’d be doing for Mike, and this tribute book came to life. I can’t express how grateful we are to everyone who took time out to participate in this issue. It’s the most meaningful book we’ve ever done as a company, and the amount of support we received for this tribute book was truly overwhelming.”
Jeph Loeb: “When Aspen (Frank, Peter, Vince) asked about doing this tribute book you could put a razor blade between "Do you want -- " and my "Hell, yes!” ÃƒÆ’Ã†’‘‘‘€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’‘‘‚¬Å¡Ãƒ‘€šÃ‚Â Mike was a friend -- the best kind -- but he also was a supreme talent. ÃƒÆ’Ã†’‘‘‘€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’‘‘‚¬Å¡Ãƒ‘€šÃ‚Â ÃƒÆ’Ã†’‘‘‘€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’‘‘‚¬Å¡Ãƒ‘€šÃ‚Â Being able to be a small part in this tribute is privilege and an honor. ÃƒÆ’Ã†’‘‘‘€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’‘‘‚¬Å¡Ãƒ‘€šÃ‚Â ÃƒÆ’Ã†’‘‘‘€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’‘‘‚¬Å¡Ãƒ‘€šÃ‚Â He's missed, but this is a chance to see how others saw him.ÃƒÆ’Ã†’‘‘‘€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’‘‘‚¬Å¡Ãƒ‘€šÃ‚Â We have to keep telling stories about Mike -- it's how he lives on!”
Francis Manapul: “Mike and the Aspen crew are like family to me and contributing to the book was the very least I could do. I think it's great that Mike's characters will continue, and with some great artists contributing, hopefully it will help spread the word about Mike's fantastic creations. I really have mixed feelings about this in that I wished we didn't have to do this at all and that Mike was still here, but through his creations his legacy will continue.”
Brad Meltzer: “This book isn’t about mourning Michael Turner; or even remembering him. ÃƒÆ’Ã†’‘‘‘€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’‘‘‚¬Å¡Ãƒ‘€šÃ‚Â It’s about sharing him. With you.”
Tim Townsend: “Michael Turner was a son, a friend, a brother, a teacher, an inspiration, and a force of nature. The hole Mike's passing has left in our lives can only be eclipsed by the wonderful memories he left in his wake. Mike celebrated life every single day. We gather here together to continue the celebration.”
David Wohl: “Michael Turner was one of the most respected and admired creators in the comics industry…as well as a good friend. And now, myself and a host of phenomenal writers and artists have the opportunity to join with his many fans across the world to celebrate the man and his art in this special tribute book from Michael’s own Aspen Comics.”
With over 80 pages of all-new original artwork, words of remembrance, and more, A Tribute To Michael Turner is one of the largest assortments of comic book professionals in history. Highlights from this special tribute issue include:
-A first time compilation cover by Michael Turner and Alex Ross.
-An introduction by Michel Turner’s mother Grace Crick.
-Special tributes from the Aspen Comics staff—the company Michael Turner founded.
-Over 40 all-new original pieces of art from the industry’s top creators and artists.
-Words of remembrance and unique tributes from the industry’s top writers, editors, and friends of Turner.
-A special section featuring fan art produced in honor of Michael Turner’s life and creations.
Aspen Comics is also proud to announce the entire list of contributors to the A Tribute To Michael Turner Issue:
J. Scott Campbell
A Tribute to Michael Turner is 80 pages soft cover, perfect bound, and guaranteed in stores next Wednesday, November 5th. For more information on this special tribute issue, please visit www.AspenComics.com or www.AspenStore.com.