Over the weekend, Cory Marder passed away after a long illness. The wife of Beanworld creator Larry Marder, Cory was best known to a small group in the industry, but loved by everyone she touched. Charles Brownstein has a beautiful tribute here that says everything. My heart goes out to Larry on this irreplaceable loss.
I adore this picture. Look at her, out in Africa, in the presence of the elephants she so dearly loved, the breeze tousling her hair and unbridled happiness flowing from her smile. This lady personified optimism, and had the disposition of the sun — bright, cheerful, warm, kind, funny, nourishing and filled with delight. If you didn’t smile around Cory then it was a clear indication that you were in need of the sort of psychological care that only a specialist can provide. If you didn’t love Cory, then your capacity to love was broken.
I guess this is the part where you say “We’re losing too many good ones,” the awkward thing people say when faced with the reality of the circle of life. As a man once told me, “Youth is a series of hellos, age is a series of goodbyes.” Cory would be the first person to say to take the chance to live the life you want while you have the chance. Have that conversation, go to that city, take that day off. These are the things you will remember as you make your own goodbyes.
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.