The quick info is Seth Fisher was born in 1972 and graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, with a degree in mathematics in 1994. He never really used the math degree though and started teaching English as a second language in Japan. He met his wife, Hisako and fathered a child, Toufuu. That is all the simple stuff and that alone would have made for a life worth living.
Certainly, in the field of comic design, Seth may have not had a peer. To call him a talented creative artist is like saying Godzilla was a big-ish lizard who had a taste for messing up Japanese cities. His art was literally breathtaking. Each page became a visual puzzle without becoming novelty. While still looking like fantasy, he filled his images with so much information it approached something like hyper-realism. His work made characters I had seen for years look brand new. His compositions improve with multiple readings, and he never sacrificed story for image. I like to think that, like his art, his mind never rested.
The biggest loss has to be with his friends and family. I received emails from Hisako and best friend, Langdon, and they were both filled with grief, remorse and an overwhelming sense of absence. As a parent, I can’t think of my son growing up without knowing me, and I hope young Toufuu immerses himself in his father’s work.
To me it is about a mountain of creativity. Seth was certainly a master in anyone’s journey up the incline and should be enjoyed and celebrated because of it. The first time you see his work it is likely to be little off-putting, but you will be quickly won over by the love he demonstrates for both image and story. So, I still hear the rumbling of Seth’s passing though I never met the man. I have much to learn form him, and it saddens me I have so little of his work to learn from. He will be missed by so many of us.
Seth’s work includes:
|DC Comics: Green Lantern: Willworld|
|Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (#192-196)|
|DC Vertigo: Vertigo Pop Tokyo (#1-4)|
|Happydale: Devils in the Desert|
|Marvel: Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big In Japan (#1-4)|
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