Well, dear friends, I know it's a bit early in the day for a drink, but let's fill them to the brim and raise them high.
I just got an e-mail from a friend informing me with teary praise that the world has just lost one of its finest artists.
Frank Frazetta (1928 - 2010) was one of the most gifted, successful fantasy artists of all time.
I suggest you go here and read all about his life and his amazing career; so much has been written about the man, all of it better than I could ever attempt.
I don't want to go posting images of the million paintings and comic book covers and posters and paperback covers and record sleeves and... but I thought I might post a few of his more monstery, Hallowe'eny works from the '60s (and a couple from the '70s) that shall adorn the walls of this place in tribute from now on.
From 1944 at the age of 16 he was creating art for the comics world; by the '60s, he was the Master, and held that position of influence and honor until this very day.
It is simply impossible to overstate his importance and his influence.
Again, I urge you to seek for yourself All Things Frazetta.
The man made art history.
The man was art history.
Sadly, now he is himself 'history'.
Raise a glass, and remember.