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I haven’t said anything about this for a few days because I was busy trying to process it all, and because I wasn’t sure what to say exactly or if my saying anything would matter. It’s a routine I go through every time somebody I care about passes away, and that’s been happening too much in the last few years.

 We lost Jeremy Dale this week. If you attended or worked any conventions in North America in the last six or seven years, you’ve probably seen him or met him at some point. If you didn’t have the pleasure of knowing him, let me tell you – you missed out on a great man. One of the funniest people I’ve ever known, Jeremy was also among the hardest working, the most open, and the most big-hearted people you could hope to meet. He was gregarious, filling any room he was in with this presence he always carried. The man could make you feel good, no matter how things were going. When he and his wife Kelly were together, it was almost impossible not to smile.

 Comfort and I met Jeremy at a time when we were just starting our careers in comics. He was trying to get his own career kick-started after some disappointing gigs, and we were getting ready to start Uniques. We found in him and Kelly kindred spirits, and shared so much in common that we were fast friends. We spent most of 2010 rooming with them at various conventions – they let us stay in their house for Dragon*Con, where we and Jeremy never really stopped working.

 So it’s hard, now, to conceive of a world without Jeremy Dale in it. He and Kelly were such extremely important parts of a wonderful time in our lives, and even though we couldn’t find as much time to be together in the last couple years, they were never not around. I don’t know if I’ve even really entered the grieving process yet, because I still can’t process the idea that he’s gone. It might not fully hit me until convention season next year when we get to a show like C2E2 or Dragon*Con – big Jeremy Dale shows – and he’s not down the aisle making goofy faces at us to try and get us to laugh.

 Jeremy Dale: Nobody else could make your cheeks hurt so bad with laughter.

 If I’m rambling now, I’m sorry. That he is gone at 34 years old is a crime. It’s unfair. We won’t get to read how Skyward ends.  People will be walking through an artist alley next year, and there’s just going to be this empty hole where once sat a great man who was just getting started. I’ll never forgive existence for this, because a world without Jeremy Dale won’t laugh as much as it’s supposed to. It won’t ever feel right in that way again.

 This was a man who could make a cutting critique of your work that would leave you feeling unsure of yourself for days, but who could just as quickly say something to make you smile for weeks. He was one of the best storytellers I ever met. He always gave more than you asked for, either in friendship or business. We had the pleasure of collaborating with him on Uniques Tales, he contributed pieces to The Uniques and to a project we haven’t even released yet, and he was always fun to work with. People who commissioned work from him frequently got more work than they paid for. He gave and gave and gave and never asked anything in return.

 That’s Jeremy Dale. That was my friend. The biggest heart in the room, every time. He made you want to work harder; to be better, funnier, smarter, faster. He loved his job, he loved telling stories, he loved his dog, and he loved his wife with everything he had.  A man couldn’t strive for more.

If you don't know his work, check his dA page here :iconthejeremydale: If you knew and loved him like so many of us did, please consider donating a little something to this GoFundMe campaign started to help Kelly Dale deal with the hospital expenses she's left with. Kelly is every bit the treasure of a human being Jeremy was, and I can only imagine her grief. I have faith that she's surrounded by people who love her right now, and know better about losing somebody than to try and speak to her loss with anything more than my sympathies and love.

Goodbye, Jeremy. We'll miss you more than you ever could have known.

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AdamWithers
Adam Withers
Artist | Professional | Other
United States
One half of the Husband-and-Wife Action Faction, Adam and his partner/wife/best friend :iconcomfortlove: spend their days making comic books. Sharing the writing, pencilling, and coloring duties equally, they are responsible for the series The Uniques, Uniques Tales, and Rainbow in the Dark.

The six-time Harvey Award nominated duo live in Flint, MI with their two cats, Obi-Wan and Annie-kin and can frequently be seen walking up and down the road talking about stories.
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VikBogdanovic Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional
Wow, just came across your gallery by pure chance. Super fun stuff! I could be totally wrong but I'm pretty sure you gave me some critique on one of my drawings a gazillion years ago. Think it was on the Image boards. You probably don't remember but thanks again and keep up the awesome work!

-V!K
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Artist
Good lord... I can hardly remember ever being on the Image boards, but I don't doubt you. I'm glad you found me again, and glad I could help when I did. :)
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DrasticAction Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Hey man,great talking with you guys at the Otakon. Always informative and inspiring. I'm going to make sure next time I have a table of my own, and spend the time in between improving what I do.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Artist
Good for you, man! I look forward to seeing you on the other side of the table. :highfive:
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JasonRyder Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
YOU HAVE BEEN HUGGED!! *Hug*
Spread the DA love around! (you can copy and paste this message on their userpage!)
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1- You can hug the person who hugged you!
2- You -MUST- hug 10 other people, at least!
3- You should hug them in public! Paste it on their page!
4- Random hugs are perfectly okay! (and sweet)
5- You should most definitely get started hugging right away!
Send This To All Your Friends, And Me If I Am 1.

If You Get 7 Back You Are Loved!
1-3 you're bad friend
4-6 you're an ok friend
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10-& Up you're loved
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drawmokie Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Artist
draw mokie
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Jeardawg Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
So much fantastic work,  I loved ever bit of it.  Wish I Had found it sooner.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Artist
It doesn't matter when you found it, it's just important that it's been found. :nod: Thanks for the kind words and all the favs.
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Zeartist Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Your work is awesome, love your style.  :)
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks so much. I'm glad you found it.
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