Comics People Remember Steve Dillon

 Philip J Bond, Steve Dillon, Brett Ewins and Jamie Hewlett.
Philip J Bond, Steve Dillon, Brett Ewins and Jamie Hewlett, for the launch of Deadline Magazine.

Today I have been in the pub talking with friends about Steve Dillon and his untimely death. There is shocks, there is sadness, there was talk about what a genuinely warm and kind man he was, and admiration for his work across the decades as fresh as ever.

Lots of other people have been sharing their reactions as well. Here are a few from social media.

Thanks for all the incredible memories, Steve Dillon. #ripstevedillon

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Here's my story. I've known Steve for decades but this is a more recent one. Of late, there had been a meme regarding what was described as "Frank Face", based on Steve Dillon's inclination to draw this psychopathic murderer with the exact same expression from panel to panel, and to find it on other characters as well.

I remember chatting with Steve at the MCM London Comic Con bar last year (lemonades all round) to find that a) not only was he very familiar with the meme but that b) was putting in examples of the expression on purpose into everything he did, just to feed it further.

Goodbye Steve.

About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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