I was shocked and stunned. Now I have received word that she passed away last night of liver and kidney failure.
Leah was an artist, wife, mother and friend. When I moved to New York 12 years ago she was part of the core of the then-New York Friend of Lulu chapter. I also knew her from various online message boards. She swiftly became the kind of friend you could share anything with. We had many convention adventures together across the US, staffing the Lulu booth, lugging the “blue bongos” and or just hanging out eating cheese at the wonderful Lulu clubhouse that Elyane made available.
She had a hard life. Her brother died violently, and that had affected her deeply. She loved her two kids dearly and talked about them all the time, but they weren’t always perfect and that caused the usual heartaches, also.
As an artist, Leah never had a big break, but she kept at it. She took her art and her comics seriously, and I remember once when she got to collaborate with Nick Cardy — she was over the moon, as any one would have been.
Through it all she was a mensch and a friend, someone who always reached out or had a laugh. I can’t imagine that there is anyone whose life she touched who isn’t going to miss her terribly.