Friday, September 2, 2011

august stiffs.

Morn after morn dispels the dark,
Bearing our lives away;
Absorbed in cares we fail to mark
How swift our years decay;
Some maddening draught hath drugged our souls,
In love with vital breath,
Which still the same sad chart unrolls,
Birth, eld, disease, and death.
BHARTRHARI, "Against the Desire of Worldly Things"

It's that time of the month again when the grim reaper walks amongst us taking with him the souls of those (very) Unwell faves including this time round the creator of Pumby and Robín Robot, comic book writer José Sanchis Grau, Annette Charles, best known as Charlene "Cha Cha" DiGregorio in Grease and experimental musician Conrad Schnitzler.

Also this month it's sad to report the death of Akira Yamanaka (AKA Joe Yamanaka) the Japanese singer and actor best known for his appearances in Takashi Miike's Deadly Outlaw: Rekka and the 1989 version of Zatoichi as well as the passing of the creator of Unimate, the first industrial robot, Mr. George Devol.

Back to the comic books now with the death of Francisco Solano López, the Argentine comics artist behind the hip 'n' happening El Eternauta and the world of the horror lost Jimmy Sangster, the Hammer director and screenwriter.

The rock 'n' roll world shook, rattled and exhaled at the death of the co-writer of such classics as "Stand By Me", "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Kansas City" the great Jerry Leiber, whilst anime fans were shocked into silence by the passing of
Junpei Takiguchi, the Japanese voice actor and narrator best known for his work on Dragon Ball, Yatterman and Mazinger Z.

Saddest of all was the death of the man whose fims have caused me to have more death threats than any amount of Megan molesting. Yup, Gualtiero Jacopetti, the creator of the Mondo film genre and director of such classics as Mondo Cane, La donna nel mondo (Women of the World), Africa Addio and the fantastic Addio zio Tom was eaten by a particularly angry New Guinea tribesman.

He was 44.

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