Check Out This Charming Roger Ebert Tribute Comic on Zen Pencils
While the film community is still mourning the loss of legenadry critic Roger Ebert, his legacy lives on in the website RogerEbert.com, which just relaunched with a redesign and update. It's also worth mentioning that fellow film-lover Matt Zoller Seitz has just taken over the job of Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com, announcing a new worth-bookmarking blog called MZS, which is where I first came across this comic strip. On the art blog Zen Pencils, cartoonist Gavin Aung Than posted a wonderful tribute to Ebert from one of his beloved quotes about "kindness." The comic strip tells a heartfelt and sweet story of one man's love for film.
I wanted to highlight my favorite frames from the strip. Click below to read the full comic from Zen Pencils:
Gavin explains that, "I can't possibly do justice to his legendary career in the movies," but it was discovering Ebert's blog and what he was writing that changed him. He continues: "That was until I found his blog. After Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002 he underwent several surgeries which left him without a lower jaw or the ability to speak. He found solace on the internet, where he applied his Pulitzer-prize writing skills to the world of blogging." I already miss his writing and hearing his take. The quote used in this comic strip comes from Ebert's autobiography Life Itself, which is being turned into a documentary produced by Martin Scorsese. The book itself is an inspiring read as well. "We must try to contribute joy to the world."
This comic is so, so beautiful. I knew Roger, and miss him very, very much. Shortly after his death, I wrote this piece and made a comic strip myself, as a tribute to him. http://krishnabalashenoi.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/thank-you-roger/
Krishna Shenoi on Jun 4, 2013
"To make others less happy is a crime." Wish more people understood this.
Marc Callado on Jun 5, 2013
The very first thing I would do before a movie came out was go to his blog to skim his review (he was hit or miss with blatant spoilers). After watching it, I'd read the meat of it, see what he liked or didn't. His reviews were mostly personal, laden with thoughts and musings he might have had during the film, or anecdotes that he took out of it, or applied to it. Going to Rogerebert.com was so exciting, it became my go to procrastinating site (hear that facebook?!) I couldn't get enough Roger, and obviously loved seeing what he had to say. A few weeks back it hit me how much was I missed his reviews that I went to his site for the first time since his passing. Looking for something, anything, that would be a Roger-esque sign from beyond that everything is okay. What I found was an article from Chaz Ebert, his beloved wife, saying everything I had just mentioned (obviously she did it more eloquently), right down to missing his verdict. The majority of the comments from the fan base said the same. His mind was so full of wonder that was beautifully on display in anything he had written, reviews, blog posts, memoirs on life, everything had a brilliant spark of humanity. And thanks to Chaz's dedication to his memory and his gifted penchant for writing, his voice may no longer be with us, but his words will continue to echo.
Al on Jun 5, 2013
I used to save movie tickets in high school, 80 to 84, and I still have them. Some very good movies during that time. Roger is missed dearly.
Old ONe on Jun 5, 2013
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