As seen on Facebook this morning, and confirmed by Newsarama, former Caliber publisher Gary Reed has passed away suddenly after suffering a heart attack.
As recently as this weekend, Reed attended the Monroe Comic Con and posted about it happily.
Reed was one of the foundational publishers of indie comics, with Caliber, launched in 1989, promoting the work (and in many cases discovering) of Brian Michael Bendis, James O’Barr, Jill Thompson, Guy Davis, Joe Pruett and many more.
According to Newsarama:
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Reed first entered the comic book industry as a retailer – at one point owning a chain of four stores in Michigan. While working full-time as a retailer, Reed ran his own King Kin Comic & Fantasy convention for three years while also balancing a weekly radio show and public-access television program.
Recently, Reed had been promoting a line of sodas. I spoke to him in July about rumors that he was planning a “Trickster” type off site at the San Diego Comic Con, but it turned out he was saving the launch for 2017. He was as full of enthusiasm and energy as ever, and whatever he was planning would have been a lot of fun.
Reed’s FB page has become a memorial with tributes from the industry flooding in. Here’s a particularly heartfelt one from Jason Moore.
(Photo credit: Amber Masters)