[UPDATED WITH VIDEO] It's with a heavy heart that I report the Dick Ayers died today. I've personally known Dick for almost 14 years when I first started What if Kirby. Dick was the first Kirby inker to do a recreation.
Dick was always kind and welcoming and his wife Lindy was a joy. In December 2001, I had the pleasure of stay with Dick and Lindy in their home in White Plains, NY. I did a series of interviews including a visit to the local library where they had a gallery show of his art and life achievements. Then back in his studio I video taped him in his studio discussing how he inked and the types of tools he used.
The following year I did another interview of Dick after a local Boston Con for over an hour. Other than a VHS copy of these interviews for him and his family, none of this footage has ever been viewed. I quickly put together the following video form the hours of footage I filmed:
The following years I would see Dick at the shows including the NY Comic cons. I always enjoyed catching up with him and seeing his charming wife.
Rest in peace Dick.