Like many people, I did not actually know Mike. However, I knew his artwork. It was very noticeable amongst comic aficionados alike. It had (and still has) such a nostalgic, Jack Kirby-esque quality. I have worked through numerous tutorials that he did in various publications on how to draw certain things, or various techniques, and I “got it” every time. Mike took the time to pass on this great gift his to other aspiring artists (like myself). He wouldn’t just tell people to figure it out for themselves, his step-by-step descriptions were clear and concise, and helped me work to be a better artist every day. My very first San Diego Comicon, I was at his booth, but was not aware of him at the time. He was sharing a booth with Brett Blevins and some other crazy talented cats that I never even heard of. His artwork immediately sparked something in me, so I asked him a bunch of technical questions. He was so generous with his advice and gave me a warm handshake as I left. My sincerest condolences go out to his close friends and family. Him and his work will sorely be missed, but will still live on to inspire countless others.