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Requiem For A Good Chap
George McVey, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend to many, former Marvel Comics artist and Hamtramck, Michigan's greatest horror illustrator, passed away last night around 10:50 PM after suffering a brain aneurysm several days ago.
The Ghastly Yarns comic George and I put out in the Spring of 2016 was, to the best of my knowledge, his last multiple page art project.
George also acted in both of the movies I produced ("Last Corpse On The Left" and "Ghastly Yarns") and shared a table with me at the annual S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press and Alternative Comics Emporium) convention in Columbus, Ohio a number of times.
George will be remembered for his contributions to the arts but those of us who personally knew him will recall his kindness and good humor just as vividly. He had a keen way of explaining concepts and breaking them down in ways they could easily be understood. During our ride down to Columbus in 2012, we drove past a flour mill and I mentioned that I thought it strange that something so benign as flour could explode. George summed it up for me perfectly. To paraphrase: "Well, alcohol comes from grain and alcohol burns. If something burns, it can explode." Point well taken, friend!
Rest in peace, George. Your positive spirit, humor and talent will be remembered by all who knew you!
March 19, 2016: We had the movie premier this night, my birthday night, at Delite Cafe on Caniff Street in Hamtramck, MI. ! :) Everyone seemed to enjoy it and, by my count, we 26 folks total including: George McVey, Matt Chomiak, Dustin, Louis McVey, Miranda Hayward, Angela Wright, Lynda Lyshak, Christina Perna, Aaron Trudgeon, Jim Mackey and Matt Feazell.
After the movie, I brought everyone up and introduced/thanked them one by one. The crowd seemed to enjoy Hiram's corny lines, the death scene in "A Day At The Beach", my speech in front of the casket for "Uncle Pete" and some of the dialog in "The Funeral."
We also showed the trailers for "Amazing Cynicalman", "After The Blood Rush" and Aaron's "Deadboy" movie. I gave out some fliers w/ the roles of Hiram and Melinda explained as well as some of my Barley Clown comics. :)
After the show, about half of us went back to my house for beer and snacks. We also watched "Guy From Harlem" all the way through. Everyone had a ball making fun of that movie and how all of the characters seemed to ad lib their lines, camera angles were off, Scotch whiskey kept factoring into discussions in the movie and all of the characters got handed 2 bucks by someone at some point! :)
R.I.P. Mike Nosrehpcm
For the second time this year, I announce with sadness the passing of a local talent who improved the quality of Ghastly Yarns horror by sharing his theatrical skills. Mike played the 'psycho killer' in our first movie, "Last Corpse On The Left." (At the time, it was still known as "Funeral Home Horror"). Mike also showed up for the film's premier at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak, MI. on Friday, September 13, 2013.
Condolences are extended to Mike's family and friends. Thank you again for your help, Mike. Hopefully we'll meet again on the Other Side.....