Roger Slifer was killed by a hit & run driver on June 23, 2012. He died today.
Roger was a born & bred Hoosier, an Indiana lad ala John Wickliff Shawnessey from the novel Raintree County. He was a quiet, self-efacing, hardworking writer / editor / creator. While not as outsized a character as many of his friends and co-workers -- imagine Harry Dean Stanton mellowed out with two fingers' worth of smooth Kentucky bourbon and you'll have a good idea of his personality -- he was well loved and highly respected.
Roger assumed a cornerstone position in any creative team he worked with. He was one of the "go to" guys in both comics and TV animation, somebody who was not only trustworthy and reliable, but a pleasure to work with.
We are all shocked and saddened by this news; shocked because his death came quite suddenly and unexpectedly after slow but steady progress in recovery after the
accident crime that left him comatose and brain damaged, saddened because our last hope of seeing him regain even a moderate portion of his once razor sharp mind is now gone.
I feel like a character in an Agatha Christies novel. One by one all the people I know are getting bumped off and I have no idea when it will be my turn...