Today we lost a real good man, I’m still in shock over his death, like it doesn’t even seem real. The tears are going to come and I’m not sure when they’ll stop. Sweetwater was a good man, a great friend and one fantastic professor.
It’s really hard to put into words what he meant to me. I never had a class with him, but he would always make time to show me how to work with my website. Infact, there probably would be no Daily Odyssey if I hadn’t been fortunate enough to meet him.
It was an absolute blast and an honor to work on SEQALAB with him as well. Many a times I would bust my ass for that show, and Sweetwater would always be there to encourage me and show his respect. The man respected me, I couldn’t really know a higher honor. When you think about it, he respected everyone in SCAD’s Sequential Art department, he didn’t pull any punches, he was honest, if you needed to be put on blast, Sweetwater would hit you hard, and you’d know he was being fair when he did.
What really depressed me about his passing is that there was so much for him to do. He was a revolutionary, he had already brought SEQALAB to SCAD, which in itself broadcasted the word of the sequential department all across the world. He was even planning to group together a convention in Savannah, to really develop a comics scene, this man really cared about comics and spreading a message.
It’s not fair to have him taken from us so soon, and I don’t think any SEQAhomie will rest easy tonight. I know personally that I’ve never experienced a death so close to me before, and I’m not even sure how to react just yet. So many loose ends to tie up, some many worries I’m not ready to face. I feel so powerless.
I apologize for the rambling nature of this post, but I just needed to get it out there. I think I’ll end this with a comic drawn by Sweetwater himself, immortalizing one of my greatest (or worst) memories of him.
I’ll miss you, Jeremy.
Power to the Pod.