'From Hell,' 'The Crow' designer Tamara Sibert dead, age 34

Mon, March 3rd, 2003 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Received From Dark Horse

Tamara Sibert, former art director and graphic designer for Tundra

Publishing Ltd. (original publisher of From Hell), and Kitchen Sink Press

(longtime Will Eisner publisher), was killed the morning of February 18 in

a fatal car crash on the Oregon Coast. She had been living in the Portland

area since 1995. Sibert, originally from Ohio, had moved to Northampton,

MA circa 1990 to work for Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman as a graphic

designer. She eventually became Art Director for Kitchen Sink Press,

working with respected creators Alan Moore, Mike Allred, Will Eisner, Dave

McKean, and Mark Schultz on their projects.

Among the projects she art directed:

The Crow Movie Book (James O'Barr)


From Hell (Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell)


A Century of Women Cartoonists (Trina Robbins)


Cadillacs and Dinosaurs/Xenozoic Tales (Mark Schultz)


Michael Wm. Kaluta Sketchbook


The Frazetta Pillow Book


Madman (Mike Allred)


Yellow Kid history book


No Man's Land (George Pratt)

The following are some words from the folks who had the pleasure to

work with Ms. Sibert...

"I inherited Tamara from Tundra. She was one of several designers on staff

following the merge with Kitchen Sink Press. My Art Director unexpectedly

resigned within a couple months of the merger. I was so impressed with

Tamara during the short interim that I offered her the AD position without

hesitation. She never disappointed me. I am greatly

saddened by news of her death." - Denis Kitchen (former publisher, KSP)

"If you knew Tamara for one point in time, you always knew her. She was as

genuine and accepting as they come," said close friend and former Dark

Horse editor Philip Amara. "More than anyone I met, she managed to keep a

childlike facet to her personality. While I wish with all my heart she was

still with us, if anyone had truly figured life out, it was her."

"I had the good fortune to work with many talented people over the last 20

years, but Tamara will always stand out as one of the best. Bright,

beautiful, extremely gifted, and always lit up any room she entered. She

was loved by her numerous friends, co-workers, and creators. She put her

heart and soul into everything she did. [She's] an inspiration, one of the

good ones that should have never been taken from us this soon. She will be

deeply missed." -Kevin Eastman

"Tamara was a joy to work with and to play with. You expect some ups and

some downs from people, especially if you have to work with them, but

swear to God we never got a down from Tamara. She always had a smile. She

was an upper! We love Tamara and we miss her." - Cartoonist Mark Martin

and wife Jeannie

"Tamara was a dear friend, and a great designer--no ifs, ands, or

buts. She brought real talent to the table, along with a thorough knowledge

of design and a true spirit of adventure, and was very integral in bringing

the look of Xenozoic Tales toward the goal I saw inside my head. Tamara was

easy and fun to work with--she was always accepting of new ideas and

demands, but she also knew when to pull in the reins. I guess you'd call

that a great sense of balance. You can't replace someone like her. I believe

that the comics industry suffered when she left it, and now everything else

suffers, too."-Mark Schultz

Services were held at Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast. She is survived by her parents, and her sister.

 
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