Over the weekend I was extremely saddened to read of the death of comics writer and historian Bill Baker. He was 55 years old. The cause of death was pneumonia; he died at home.
Baker was a frequent convention buddy, and we’d gone back and forth about him contributing interviews to the Beat over the years, something that never happened primarily because of my own lack of organization. Tom Spurgeon put together a list of Baker’s online interviews, which you should check out. Baker also wrote ICONS: The DC Comics and Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee and several other books about comics art.
Writing about comics isn’t exactly a profession that leaves you rolling in dough. Reading about someone dying at home of pneumonia it’s not to hard to guess at a storyline that might involve a wish not to go to the hospital because of the costs. Or that could not be the reason at all. Reminder; If youa re sick for more than 7 days without a change you need to go to the doctor.
Either way, we’ll miss you, Bill.
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.