Tragic news today, May 10, 2010 - The industry and the fantasy art-loving community WORLDWIDE are mourning the loss of legendary illustrator/painter, Frank Frazetta. The facts are a click away so I'll spare anyone a repeat of the details. I'll simply recount a story. Frazetta's work has inspired me deeply, as with thousands upon thousands of artists over the last 40 + years. When I was a kid I discovered one of Frank's books in a bookstore at a mall. Every time we went to the place I'd break off from the group and stand in the bookstore for however long my folks chose to be at the dreaded place ;) Wether it was 10 minutes or over an hour, they knew I'd be right there in front of the fantasy art section wearing out the book store's only copy of The Fantastic Art Of Frank Frazetta. That bookstore was my haven, and I was safe in the arms of Frazetta's world. I was 9 years old when this little love affair began. Every year, at every birthday all I wanted was that book. But it had violence and naked women in it! My parents just couldn't see any good reason for a 9 or 10 year old boy to be reading material like that. They had their good reasons. So for nearly 5 years I never stopped going to that book store to see the amazing Frazetta books and for 5 years I pleaded with my parents to let me have that book. And finally in 1980 (Now the book was in it's 9th printing!) it was truly a happy birthday.