This is William Shipley from Versicolor Productions. I have recently learned that one of the artists on our original Bettie Page card set passed away about a month ago. Al Rio was a Brazilian artist who worked on such comics as Grimm Fairy Tales, X-Men, Spiderman, Star Wars, Gen 13, Vampirella and so many more. He also had art appear in trading card sets and did sketch cards as well.
A great artist, Al Rio was also a great person, tutoring art students and donating art to worthy causes.
Al leaves behind three children: Rene, Adrielle, and Isabel, and his wife Zilda. His funeral was held on Wednesday, February 1st, on Cemitério São João Batista, in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Contributions may be made to his family on his behalf through Kickstarter, and condolences may be sent to his family through email@example.com and David@glasshousegraphics.com.
(From his website) If you would like to help Al Rio's family, please look around here at the Art For Sale, or I will make you custom Prints or buy some items from the Zazzle store. If you would like to just donate, please do so here. Al Rio's death has left a family without an income earner.
This is very sad news. I've enjoyed Al's wwork for many years. He did an awesome Dr. Strange commission for me years ago and it is still one of my favorite pieces. This is a loss for the art community. My prayers go out to his family.
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March 03, 2012, 01:11 PM
I'm familiar with his work and he was very good with his talent.
It is sad to hear about people passing on. My condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. Mr. Rio.
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