I was saddened to learn this morning that frequent Beat poster Lewis “Alan” Coil died of a heart attack on Friday. He was 55.
I never met Alan in real life, and certainly he had his disagreements with many people on the internet, but he was a constant presence here and at many other sites, and obviously passionate about comics and participating in the discussion. Alan was a ubiquitous internet presence in the tradition of the great letterhacks.
On Peter David’s site, Alan’s friend Paul Shiple wrote:
Thank you for all of your kind words and condolences. These are especially tough times for all that knew Lew on a personal basis. Unfortunately he didn’t have any family that wasn’t either dead or estranged. But fortunately, all of his friends came to become his family. He was a big hearted guy and would be there in an instant for anyone that was his friend. And he had A LOT of friends. He is sorely misses by many. Thanks again.
My condolences to his friends and family.
(PS, if anyone has a more appropriate and Alan Coil related graphic for this post, please send to me so I can replace the generic one.)
Thanks to Stephen Olle for providing a photo and writing:
Alan used to join us every Chicago Comicon/Wizard World at Gino’s East, the annual gathering of some fellow denizens of the Tony Isabella Message Board. He always said he wouldn’t be making it that year, but then sure as shootin’, he’d show up right on time.
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.