The comics community lost another amazing talent today in artist Steve Dillon, who passed away in New York this morning. Dillon was well liked in the industry, and the community has started to react to the news on social media. Glyn Dillon, Steve's younger brother, also confirmed the sad news.
Sad to confirm the death of Steve, my big brother and my hero. He passed away in the city he loved (NYC). He will be sorely missed. Cheers x— glyn dillon (@glyn_dillon) October 22, 2016
I have it confirmed that Steve Dillon has died. He was a giant, and will be much missed.— Warren Ellis (@warrenellis) October 22, 2016
Rufus Dayglo called me today. It seemed Steve died in New York. No more details, remember him for the artist he was.— PETER MILLIGAN (@1PeterMilligan) October 22, 2016
Collaborator Warren Ellis (Gen 13) tweeted out the confirmation of Dillon's passing when he said "I have it confirmed that Steve Dillon has died. Hew was a giant, and will be much missed." Ed Brubaker also posted condolences, saying "Devastated by the Steve Dillon news. Had so many fun nights with him at conventions long past. He had the best dirty jokes."
Devastated by the Steve Dillon news. Had so many fun nights with him at conventions long past. He had the best dirty jokes.— Ed Brubaker (@brubaker) October 22, 2016
A tragic loss, not just to comics, but especially to comics.— Ed Brubaker (@brubaker) October 22, 2016
Much of the reaction has been sincere shock, as it wasn't known that Dillon's health was in question. Creators like Gail Simone, Ron Marz, Peter Milligan, Scott Dunbier, Paul Cornell, and more were all saddened by the news and shared their thoughts on Twitter. We'll keep updating the story as more come in.
Wait, what? Steve Dillon passed? No! https://t.co/E7LRvSaT9j— GARGOYLE SIMONE (@GailSimone) October 22, 2016
Terrible news that Steve Dillon has died. I've always loved his understated, expressive style.— Paul_Cornell (@Paul_Cornell) October 22, 2016
Shocked and saddened by Steve Dillon's death. He was a great guy, always a pleasure to hang out with. Never lacking in laughter and smiles.— Scott Dunbier (@sdunbier) October 22, 2016
Steve Dillon was a master storyteller. PREACHER, PUNISHER, all of it done with so much exceptional skill + magic. We lost one of the greats.— Mitch Gerads (@MitchGerads) October 22, 2016
Such awful, unexpected news about Steve Dillon, a unique talent. Take care of yourselves, comics people.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) October 22, 2016
The storytelling in Preacher was very influential on how I drew Revival. RIP— Mike Norton (@themikenorton) October 22, 2016
Love you buddy. pic.twitter.com/vydYz8WxqO— Jimmy Palmiotti (@jpalmiotti) October 22, 2016
FUCK. Just read that Steve Dillon has passed away. Rest in peace. Big admirer. Met him only once, was very nice to me.— Lafuente.ttf (@srDAVIDLAFUENTE) October 22, 2016
Shocked by the news about Steve Dillon. Will be missed.— Mahmud Asrar (@MahmudAsrar) October 22, 2016
Heartbroken to hear about Steve Dillon's passing. He was a sweetheart of a guy, his storytelling was right to the point. An incredible loss.— Colonel Tony Moore (@tonymoore) October 22, 2016
Steve Dillon drew my first Marvel script:Thunderbolts 12. Couldn't believe it; Dillon out of the gate? Felt so incredibly LUCKY - and I was. pic.twitter.com/htN3C0luwD— Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) October 22, 2016
I spent quite a bit of time with Steve Dillon. He always made time to talk and I really enjoyed his company. Really sad about his passing.— Fryin' Eggman (@RyanStegman) October 22, 2016
Dillon's work is beloved in the comics community and by millions of fans, and for many it was their entryway into comics with books like The Punisher, Hellblazer, and of course, his classic Preacher series with Garth Ennis.
He will be missed.