Sad news. John Styrk Jr., artist on indie comicBOOMTOWN SCABS was killed in a car crash this weekend. The local paper has a news report.

A 32-year-old Whittaker man returning home from a comic book discussion group was killed early Saturday morning after the car he was traveling in was hit broadside by an SUV that police said ran a stop sign. John MaCarthur Styrk Jr., who was sitting in the front seat, died from the crash at the corner of Rawsonville and Martz roads, said Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Dave Egeler. [snip] Styrk was pronounced dead at the scene. Styrk was described by his mother, Mary, as “a fun-loving person” who was voted class clown at Lincoln High School and remained a mischievous spirit. “If the party was dead, he would liven it up,” Mary Styrk said Saturday. “He was very loved by everyone.”


  1. I knew John and his immediate family. We attended the same church for many years. He was remarkably intelligent and always looking at the upside of things. He never had a negative attitude and was always willing to help. My condolences to everyone who knew him, to his mom Mary, Dad John and sister Candy, and to his extended family and many, many friends. I grieve with you, but know that he is with his Lord, and one day we all will be reunited. Until then, John, you will be missed immensely.

  2. Thank you for running this story. It is important to note what we have lost. It is important to celebrate the spirit that John had in comics. We have lost a true believer and a soldier who fought the good fight for indie comics.