It seems that Jim, creator of Skunkworks: has passed. In the past few
months I’ve been Silent on the kickstarter front because of this. He and his mother had requested that I keep things hush hush. as his health started to get worse… Their was hope he’d get better, but as time went on it just wasn’t getting good for him.
While I never knew him in person, I was always a fan, and talked to him for many years on the internet, and I was very excited when he wanted to Join Angry Viking Press in 2010. We had many plans for Skunkedworks, Caterwaul Inc. and Penance, as comic series, and even animated short ideas up until the past few weeks.
The kicstarter wasn’t just to help promote Angry Viking Press, in big part it was to help Jim get his work out to a much larger audience, and if things went well help with and future assistance he may have needed. At the time when I started the kickstarter he was not in best form in his words, but he was still doing good enough, and if you followed him here
and on Inkbunny you saw his regular posts of art and journals. From what hes told me, and eventually from his mother, he kept trying to get as much art out as he could. He was fighting what his body was doing to him to help the fans.
As he got worse he told me not to tell you, his fans about his situation until after he passed. In part as he didn’t want people to worry, or to harass me for information, and from what I hear from other sources… In part that some people where just being terrible people, saying that he was faking and other not nice things. His friends and family didn’t need 2nd and 3rd hand vitriol coming from the net so I kept my word and said nothing until I knew for sure.
It caused me a big of a depression all last month to keep that secret, as my aunt is too going through the same situation, and reminded me of my health issues that I got from the chemicals at my current job over the past 3 years… As a person who loves to help as many people as I can, It hurts when you can’t do anything.
For those of you who helped support us and Jim in the kickstarter, we will be working at refunding you for the Commissions. For those of you who wanted his books and bed sheetsJames had told me a few of his friends where inking his missing pages in the book, and the Skunkworks girls bed pillows. They will be made available to all the kickstarter backers that
ordered them, and then in limited amounts after his passing, as per his request.
I will give more information as I know it, but as of now this is all that I know.
I want to thank those of you who supported James, with the kickstarter and just him in general over the years.
Thank you Jim for bringing 3 crazy girls and their overworked mom to life with your pen and paper.