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    A third close friend died this year and I'm pretty devastated. Jim Cawthorn and I had worked together since the mid-fifties, from Burroughsania to New Worlds and on. He illustrated some of my DAW books, including Elric books. Indeed, he and I worked out Elric's appearance together before I had written a complete story. He was also an excellent writer.
    He died Tuesday December 2nd, some days before his 79th birthday (21 Dec).

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  • #2
    I am very, very sorry for your loss, Mike.

    A loss to us all.

    This is distressing to hear. I really enjoyed looking at his artwork in books and online and liked reading about him here and also checking out his stuff on the Savoy site.

    I greatly admire Jim Cawthorn and his work.

    He will be remembered.

    My deepest sympathies go to Jim's family and friends.
    Last edited by lemec; 12-03-2008, 08:23 AM.

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    • #3
      I'm so sorry to read this, Mike.
      My condolences.
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      • #4
        Oh my goodness Mike, this is a shock, and must be very hard to bear, especially after so many recent losses.

        Jim C seemed like one of those names who would always be around, as long as two or more readers got together and talked about Elric, or his splendid 100 Best Fantasy Novels book, or many other things.

        The current highly respectful, and history-rich, Elric paperback series is a great tribute to one of his major contributions to the culture.

        My deepest condolences, Mike.


        • #5
          Unbelievably terrible luck this. Best wishes Mike. Condolences too.
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          • #6
            Wow. When I read the name on the thread heading I almost thought (hoped) it was a bad joke. So very sorry to hear this, Mike. 2008 has taken far too much from you and us. My heartfelt condolences.


            • #7
              I'm very sorry for your loss, Mike. Given Jim's long association with both you and Elric it's hard not to feel that we've lost one of Elric's 'parents' as much as you've lost a close and life-long friend. My deepest condolences to you.
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              _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
              _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."


              • #8
                Very sorry to hear of his passing Mike,
                I always enjoyed his art vision of your work.

                Found this recent self-portrait at the Savoy site,
                if it's not copyright kosher to post it then please remove it.
                Last edited by Talisant; 12-03-2008, 05:28 PM.
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                • #9
                  So very sorry to hear this Mike. My sincere condolences to you and all his friends and family.
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                  • #10
                    Really sad to read the news about Jim Cawthorn, Mike.


                    • #11
                      This is terrible news, especially coming so soon after the passing of Barry Bayley. My heart sank when I saw Jim's name at the head of the new post lists and was hoping it was to do with something else. Sincere condolences Mike on this latest loss of one of your oldest friends and collaborators.

                      I hope its not inappropriate to post a link to the interview with Jim from the Savoy site that originally appeared in his adaptation of Jewel In The Skull. It's a nice overview of his career to the end of the 1970s:

                      'You know, I can't keep up with you. If I hadn't met you in person, I quite honestly would NOT believe you really existed. I just COULDN'T. You do so MUCH... if half of what goes into your zines is to be believed, you've read more at the age of 17 than I have at the age of 32 - LOTS more'

                      Archie Mercer to Mike (Burroughsania letters page, 1957)


                      • #12
                        I'm so very sorry that this year has taken so much.


                        • #13
                          I'm sorry for yet another terrible loss. We all wish you peace.
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                          • #14
                            Sorry to hear about this. He was a talented artist.

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                            • #15
                              I'm very sorry to hear you lost another good friend Mike.
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