Friday, January 24, 2014

Michael Sporn 1946-2014

For years now, I've been reading the blog of Michael Sporn, a veteran animator and animation director who worked with John Hubley, R.O. Blechman, and Richard Williams. I always found his take on modern animation very, very interesting. Over the past year, I started to worry that something might be medically wrong with him; his blog started to become full of jumbled, sometimes unfinished thoughts, and spelling errors that went beyond simple typos. It seemed like the man was in some kind of pain and, sadly, he was. He died on Sunday of pancreatic cancer.

I'm very sorry to hear of his passing. He was an invaluable source of inspiration and history, particularly in a medium which is still all too undocumented. I'll miss reading his thoughts.


Jason said...

I didn't know of this man or his blog, but he sounds interesting. Nice tribute... may he rest in piece.

Roger Owen Green said...

Didn't know him, but sorry for the loss.
Guy in my choir has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.