John and I corresponded for a number of years, back in the '80s. He was doing a lot of fan stuff back then. Sadly, I had been out of contact and was very sad to hear of his passing from a mutual friend back East.
I sent him some of my comics and he sent me a few of his that I hadn't seen. He was very kind in his support and suggestions. I've been a fan of his since the mid-90's. Fission Chicken was a huge influence on me. Fish wasn't the most popular character, I'm sure there are very few who had ever seen the strip, but it had a huge impact on me, and I was happy to correspond with JP and I'm sad he's not with us anymore. -Paul in Chicago
JP, I wish I could have met you in person, but it was great to hear from you in any form. Thanks for being a big inspiration to a young cartoonist.
I never knew JP except through his work, which I loved. I thought he'd pretty much stopped Fission Chicken fifteen years ago, so I was glad to learn of his website and see new work. I just wish I hadn't learned of it this way, so I could have let him know how much I enjoyed it as well as all his past stories.
Such sad news, much too young to leave us with so many stories yet to tell. I worked with JP on some of his early comics, and he was always a wonderful and generous man to deal with. I'm going to go re-read all of his work that I have on hand again to lock him into my memories.
A man of great talent and humor, now belonging to the ages. I'm glad to have met you in person and known your creative side.
"Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar?" - Shakespeare's "Hamlet", Act 5, Scene 1
Awww, NO! J.P. died?! I mostly knew him thru cartooning - we collaborated on a couple of stories - but I found him very likable the few times we met in person. I hate it when the good guys die - there's too few of them to begin with.
I first knew John through his cartooning and was proud to become his friend. In addition to being wonderfully creative and funny he was a warm-hearted person, a good guy and I am going to miss him terribly.
J.P. was one of my favourite cartoonists and a friend. We saw eye to eye.... to eye... on many things. Had fate been kinder we might have collaborated on the Greatest Comic Ever Told, but those pesky rent due notices kept coming every month. We put it off. Now that I've learned it's too late - for that or anything - I hardly know what to say. I didn't know J.P. well enough, but I'm glad to have known him at all.
Terribly sorry to hear of JP's passing. He, his humor and his cartoons will be sorely missed. My condolences to the family.
John was a great artist and a good friend. He will be missed.
His disappearance leaves the world a darker and less interesting place.
Our prayers and condolences go out to you and your family.
We are so sorry for your loss, losing a loved one is one of the hardest things in life to go through. You have our deepest sympathys. The Sorensen Family
I am very sorry to hear of John's passing. I remember John from school and he really was a very kind and gentle person. My sincere sympathies to his family.
So sorry to hear of your loss...
With deepest sympathy,