As you have probably heard by now, cartoonists Tom Hart and Leela Corman have experienced the unimaginable tragedy of losing their young daughter, Rosalie Lightning, at the age of two. The couple had recently moved to Gainesville, FL to start a new life and open a school for cartoonists. Tom and Leela are two of the best people in this comics world, and to know they must endure this is heartbreaking. Their friend Jon Lewis has some beautiful thoughts here. Lauren Weinstein has set up a fund to donate some money to them to help with whatever they are going through. Josh Neufeld points out that Hart had a webcomic called Daddy Lightning based on his experiences as a father. Of course it is unbearable to look at now, but Hart has said he will continue it, and it also serves as a beautiful reminder of a life that ended too soon.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.