It was with great regret that I read the following article on Tor.com’s blog:
This hit kinda hard.
Though I have not participated in any kind of pen and paper role-playing game for well over two decades, I remember the man’s iconic artwork. For an impressionable youngster who did, and still does, have a soft spot for the sword-swinging genre, Trampier – or, as he signed his work, “DAT” – visualized an entire world of possibilities for me.
I also followed his comic strip Wormy, which was published in Dragon magazine for a long time (repository of the comics here), alongside artist Phil Foglio (of Girl Genius fame). It was one of my first exposures to a multi-threaded story, with a wide cast and various perspectives. I very much find that old comic series was a large influence on my Woodhollow stories, which I really need to revisit one of these days. I always looked forward to reading the next installation. And then one day, it just stopped.
Trampier burned out and fell off the planet. Checks went un-cashed, phone calls un-returned. There were rumors, outlined on this blog, about what had happened. Whatever the truth, it’s a sad tale of artistic talent that has vanished into the void. And it is another reminder that I continue to get older, as the icons of my youth fall to ruin, one by one.
Think I need to go out into the sunshine for a few minutes and cheer up now.