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I really don't have the right word for it, After all I only have a few brief texts with him on the old BBS networks and until he stopped updating visits to his web page. But an artist I enjoyed visiting died today. While he was long active in fandom and created numerous infameous characters and a very distinctive style, his work always had a sly wit and humor to them. While closer friends have yet to reveal the official cause of death, he was known to be a chain smoker until a few years ago and suffered from COPD. These underlying cause certainly contributed to his death.
I will leave it to others to memorialize his works as you can easily find his art online. Fair warning, most pictures would not last 5 minutes here on Deviant Art.
Instead I want to focus on an issue I have noticed far more often at conventions. While statistics say otherwise for the general population, it seems more and more (and far younger, under 25) con goers smoke. Recent laws tend to make them gather near a convention door, as if the noxious blue cloud were not enough to give them away, perhaps it is artificially inflating their apparent numbers. At times it can resemble Los Angeles at its smoggiest. You would think the warning on the side would be enough. Maybe it is a rebel / anti-society thing, For all that we claim to be more enlightened / smarter / cleaver than the average person, we think that somehow we can beat the odds. Others hope that by injesting the same chemicals but with vapor they might somehow escape.
But over that last several years, one fact remain: Smoking KILLS.
And if we are honest with ourselves, we don't know if it is just the fumes, ingredients, or some combination that triggers Cancer, COPD, heart disease, stroke and so many other effects. It apparently impairs judgement and distance (violating signs, warnings, cautions, and being unable to figure out how far 25 feet really is (with a painted mark on the ground for assistance.) And just because you seem to have escaped for now, those around you may not be so fortunate, as fumes can be just as deadly second hand.
Please, if you don't smoke, don't start. If you do, please stop.
No matter how you do or how long the habit has been, you will be doing yourself a favor. It is a dirty smelly expensive habit that you will be well rid of it. If not for your health, then think of it this way, you will have that much more money to spend on art supplies, computer equipment, and commissions.
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