He worked on internet series Red vs Blue, RWBY, as well as worked on the Afro Samurai video game.
I myself was not very aware of his work until an artist/animator I admire, Lesean Thomas put the news of Monty Oum being hospitalized and since have been seeing the fantastic talent that he was. The out pour of support for him from his fans and peers was staggering, as they helped donate money to help with medical expenses.
It is certainly a tragedy when someone so young and so talented passes away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Monty Oum's family and loved ones.
As I play catch up on his works, it did remind of hearing of the passings of comic book creators I admired and those emotions I went through. So, as my own small personal remembrance, I'd like to write about a few of those creators over the next few weeks. The first of them being Mike Parobeck
During this time in the mid-80's, the comic book industry was getting hot in Chicago and Parobeck gravitated towards that crowd where we would meet eventual collaborator, writer Len Strazewski, and eventual editor at DC Comics, Brian Agustyn.
After preparing a strong portfolio, Agustyn presented it to Mark Waid, who hired Parobeck to work on a feature story about Dr. Light on the series Secret Origins issue #37. The strength of that work would lead to a sixteen issue run on the DC Comic El Diablo. He would go to do work for Justice Society of America and the Elongated Man mini-series. But where I discovered Parobeck, was the Impact Comics revival of the old Archie Comics character, The Fly.
At the pharmacy near home where I would buy my comics as a kid sometimes would skip an month or two, so it would eventually take me years to finally have the entire run of The Fly. And for those of you out there that have never read it, if you want to read a good old fashioned, FUN, super hero comic, you can do NO wrong with The Fly!
It was something that was manageable, but according to friends and coworkers, he was "lackadaisical" when it came to treatments. He never really took care with the treatments, and sadly, just two days before San Diego Comic Con, and just shy of his 31st birthday, Mike Parobeck passed away due to complications to the Diabetes.
As a matter of fact, as I reached a milestone in my webcomic, Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord, wrapping up the first major storyline (which is a big deal in Puerto Rico), I paid homage to Mike Parobeck's cover to issue #1 of The Fly.
Many people praise my own work due to the storytelling and how it seems to flow. If you want to practice this, the best possible thing is to track down back issues of Mike Parobeck, kick back, and just have fun.
Thank you all for reading as usual, if you have a favorite issue or artwork Parobeck worked on, or a certain artist you would like to remember, sound of at the comments section below. Thank you once again and next week, another artist that left WAY too soon, Nick Manabat.