Comics author Tom Veitch (1941-2022) has handed away. He had a colourful, different profession from the undergrounds to Star Wars. The above photograph is of him and Greg Irons from Lambiek, taken by Patrick Rosenkrantz.
Right here is an obituary provided by Tom’s brother, Rick Veitch. Our condolences to his household.
Tom Veitch was born September 26, 1941, the eldest of six youngsters, rising up in Walpole NH and Bellows Falls Vermont and was educated at Columbia College. From 1963 to 1965 he was an lively participant within the literary florescence of New York’s Decrease East Aspect by means of the St. Mark’s Poetry Venture. His first revealed work, “Literary Days”, appeared from Ted Berrigan’s “C” Press in 1964. Different early books of poetry embody “Toad Poems”, “Cooked Zeroes”, “My Father’s Golden Eye” and “Dying Faculty”. From 1965 to 1968 Tom was a cloistered Benedictine monk in Weston Vermont. The copper-enamel crucifix he sculpted nonetheless hangs in the principle chapel at Weston Priory.
In 1968 he moved to San Francisco the place he met his spouse, Martha, wrote a novel “The Louis Armed Story” and edited his personal poetry journal, “Tom Veitch Journal”. In 1969, Tom started collaborating with artist Greg Irons on many underground comix, together with “The Legions Of Charlies”, “Deviant Slice” “Sluggish Dying” and “Cranium Comix”. He additionally wrote scripts for comix illustrated by Richard Corben, Jack Jaxon and brother Rick Veitch. In 1973 he received the Huge Desk Award for Poetry. Two extra novels have been revealed,“Antlers In The Treetops” with Ron Padgett and “Eat This!”. In 1976, Huge Sky revealed “Dying Faculty & Different Poems” with an Afterword by Alan Ginsberg.
Returning to Vermont in 1982 he labored for Hemmings Motor Information. In 1988 he started collaborating with Scottish cartoonist Cam Kennedy on the Marvel/Epic Comics collection “The Gentle and Darkness Battle” beneath editor Archie Goodwin. Tom despatched the collection to movie director George Lucas who selected Tom and Cam to create all new Star Wars comics. Darkish Horse launched Tom and Cam’s “Darkish Empire” in 1991, adopted by “Darkish Empire 2” and “Empire’s Finish” in 1995. Kenner launched 4 toy motion figures primarily based on the collection in 1998 and components of the story have been later integrated into Star Wars movies. Wikipedia credit the collection with “sustaining the profitability of Star Wars within the 1990’s.”
By way of the 1990’s and 2000’s Tom was an lively author of mainstream comics, together with “The Nazz” with artist Bryan Talbot, “Conflict” with artist Adam Kubert, and “My Title Is Chaos” with artist John Ridgway, and “Animal Man”, for DC Comics.
A life lengthy religious seeker, Tom based and moderated the favored web message board, “Lightmind Discussion board” dedicated to discussing varied metaphysical faculties of thought. He revealed a religious memoire, “The Visions of Elias (A True Story of Life In The Spirit)” in 2016 by means of his personal Sky River Press.
Tom owned and operated Outdated Bennington Books, a bookstore in downtown Bennington, VT for a few years.
He’s survived by his spouse Martha Veitch of Arlington, daughter Angelica Veitch Stasolla of Brunswick ME. two grandsons Tommy Partitions and Jacob Partitions of Brunswick ME, sister Wendy Lillie of Rockingham Vt, and brothers Robert D. Veitch of Minneapolis, MN Rick Veitch of West Townshend VT, Michael Veitch of Woodstock NY and Peter Veitch of Chester VT.