Tears are streaming down my face right now. One of my closest and best friends died yesterday. Details are pending. But he and I were very close. I had some of the best conversations with this guy and we changed each others lives. In 1982 I introduced him to Anime and Manga and he moved to Japan and started Studio Proteus. He was a major manga provider in the US for two decades. He sold his business to Dark Horse a few years ago and his marriage to the very talent artist Tomoko Saito also ended recently. I just saw him a few weeks back and I can’t tell you how much I miss him. We clicked almost from the start. We just got along so well. Call it a bromance, whatever. We were very good friends and had some of the greatest of times hanging out. We saw eye to eye on so many things, we had so many similar interests. Whenever we got together we would talk until the break of dawn.
He was a regular commentor on this site for many years. I know he made friends with some of my readers here. And he worked with many others.
He was a great guy, a great friend and I will miss him probably till the day I die. He was one of those people that was endlessly fascinating and fun to be with.
My biggest regret of the last ten years is not being able to see him that much. And the last time I saw him I only got to spend about 5 hours talking. Now I’ll never have the chance again.