Martin Skidmore [RIP 2011]

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He doesn't post anymore, does he? Is he OK?

Dr. C (Dr. C), Monday, 23 October 2006 08:53 (8 years ago) Permalink

Seemed OK when I last saw him at Club Poptimism a couple of weeks back and he is still posting on FT.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 23 October 2006 08:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

He's given up ILX, he told me.

Tom (Groke), Monday, 23 October 2006 09:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

I don't blame him.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 23 October 2006 09:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

It's all about LIVEJOURNAL Doctor C innit. You should get one! :)

Martin is currently a few floors below me and spending the majority of his lunchtimes in Fopp these days :)

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Lucretia My Reflection), Monday, 23 October 2006 09:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

Oh, good to know he's OK. Say Hi from me Starry, if you see him!

What is a LIVEJOURNAL for?

I will FAP again soon - just been too bloody busy with bands and stuff.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Monday, 23 October 2006 09:27 (8 years ago) Permalink

For lots of polls and blinding graphics, as far as I can see - not my thing at all, I'm afraid.

I'm DJing at the next Club Popular, Dr C (10 Nov and it's a Friday) so you have to come really. Or at least email me requests. Number ones only but there is much scope.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 23 October 2006 09:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

I miss Martin. Say hi from me too!

Tuomas (Tuomas), Monday, 23 October 2006 09:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, me too. Any particular reason why he jumped ship, he left without any song and dance, so it's not clear if there was one thing which made him quit?

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

Same reasons why everyone else went off to LJ, and why I'm not here very much these days. No need to spell them out since all we'll get will be 500 posts from the usual suspects.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

Fair enough, I suppose. It's a shame that civilised, intelligent voices feel the need to go elsewhere, I kind of assumed ILx was different. Guess I'm just being a bit delusional.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:13 (8 years ago) Permalink

My last contact with Martin was when my neighbour at work was reading an interview by him. I suppose it was comic-related. I thought, "small world, innit?"

I do admire these people with the fortitude to say they're going to stop and then actually stop instead of just saying it.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

It's presumptous to assume that his reasons for leaving ilx are the same as yours, Marcello.

Bob Six (bobbysix), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:16 (8 years ago) Permalink

Marcello hasn't left.

teh_kit (g-kit), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

Why on earth do you think he's assuming, Mr Six?

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

What's the difference between Livejournal and ILE then? I thought it was just a blog or something?

Tuomas (Tuomas), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

FAEK

benrique (Enrique), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:20 (8 years ago) Permalink

Fair enough, I suppose. It's a shame that civilised, intelligent voices feel the need to go elsewhere, I kind of assumed ILx was different. Guess I'm just being a bit delusional.

no, you're right, ILX can be very elitist.

teh_kit (g-kit), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:24 (8 years ago) Permalink

Well, I'm a bit concerned that Martin's reasons are being alluded to by Marcello in a way that I wonder whether Martin would be happy with.

Marcello seems to have his own long-standing (if somewhat changeable) views on the value of ilx.

Bob Six (bobbysix), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:25 (8 years ago) Permalink

I believe the first sentence in Marcello's post is at least mostly true. I believe the second is 100% true :(

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:30 (8 years ago) Permalink

Bob Six OTM

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:30 (8 years ago) Permalink

i am still amused by the idea that livejournal being a brave new thing that people move to when it's like, so 2002.

it's all about hobowars these days.

ken c (ken c), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

if people want to be on livejournal and not ilx it's their business. this discussion is so 2005 anyway.

haha xpost

benrique (Enrique), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

maybe after livejournal people will migrate to CompuServe!!!

ken c (ken c), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

(i know lj existed before 2005 -- i mean the freaky trigger diaspora)

benrique (Enrique), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

it's all about hobowars these days

Why are teh tribalwars.net massive always ignored?

Okay, it's only me but still...

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

freaky trigger: losties
sinister: tailies
momus: rousseau
noise bored: benry et al

benrique (Enrique), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ken could nip down to Fopp and ask him at lunchtime (that's about now, Ken).

Starry could nip downstairs and ask him, and see if he's got any snacks worth nicking.

This is a bit stalkerish, isn't it?

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:34 (8 years ago) Permalink

ha ha benrique OTM

;_; (blueski), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:44 (8 years ago) Permalink

oh no what have I started?

Dr. C (Dr. C), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:44 (8 years ago) Permalink

i've not looked at hobowars. so 2006.

;_; (blueski), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:45 (8 years ago) Permalink

**I'm DJing at the next Club Popular, Dr C (10 Nov and it's a Friday) so you have to come really. Or at least email me requests. Number ones only but there is much scope**

Telstar.

I'll come if you'll come to see Fractured at the Bull & Gate on Nov 24th!

Dr. C (Dr. C), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:46 (8 years ago) Permalink

It's a deal, sir!

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

Is there an ILx-type group on livejournal?

Sam rides the beat like a bicycle (Molly Jones), Monday, 23 October 2006 11:47 (8 years ago) Permalink

no but there is a freakytrigger-type one called poptimists

;_; (blueski), Monday, 23 October 2006 11:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

if you like rating Now CDs yeah

xp

pscott (elwisty), Monday, 23 October 2006 11:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

we've done Now CDs. now we're onto Pazz & Jop lists. the fun never stops.

;_; (blueski), Monday, 23 October 2006 12:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

AFAIK Martin has decided that these days ILX isn't the right place to hang out on if you're not feeling 100% emotionally robust - I wish he wld still post on ILC, tho

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Monday, 23 October 2006 16:27 (8 years ago) Permalink

i was wondering about him too (though i figured i'd just missed something by not coming here enough). glad to hear he's around and ok.

Maria (Maria), Monday, 23 October 2006 16:30 (8 years ago) Permalink

Please pass on a hello to him from me when the chance arises (directed at whomever, I guess).

Allyzay lives aprox. 200 feet away from a stadium (allyzay), Monday, 23 October 2006 18:44 (8 years ago) Permalink

Same here, plz.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 23 October 2006 18:45 (8 years ago) Permalink

we've done Now CDs. now we're onto Pazz & Jop lists. the fun never stops.

Even if Newcleus are not given their props. Hey, that rhymes!

GILLY'S BAGG'EAR VANCE OF COUPARI (Ex Leon), Monday, 23 October 2006 18:49 (8 years ago) Permalink

Dittos from me re: hellos.

Young Fresh Danny D (Dan Perry), Monday, 23 October 2006 18:49 (8 years ago) Permalink

Deniers of Newcleus are to be rejected.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 23 October 2006 18:50 (8 years ago) Permalink

I wish I had told him: man, take me with you when you go.

The Redd 47 Ronin (Ken L), Monday, 23 October 2006 18:53 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ward OTM

occasional mongrel (kit brash), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 09:42 (7 years ago) Permalink

Oh shit I forgot to say, I was talking to Martin last night and he said he hope that will be back, at least on ILC, eventually. He's just had a particularly bad patch, for no particular reason that I know of, and retreated to 'core functions' for a while and is re-adding bits of his life to his routine as and when he can. ILX is definitely on the list. He sends his love to all, particularly Ned + Dan + Ally.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 09:54 (7 years ago) Permalink

retreated to 'core functions' for a while and is re-adding bits of his life to his routine as and when he can

Hahaha I can totally see him saying this.

Euai Kapaui (tracerhand), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 11:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

Where is Martin Skidmore and Beatles band?

Samuel KB Amphong (Dada), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 12:15 (7 years ago) Permalink

a memorial page for martin skidmore

≝ (Pleasant Plains), Monday, 1 August 2011 20:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

May you rest in happiness and peace, Martin.

Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 1 August 2011 20:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've been on ILX about 8 years and only attended 1 or 2 meetups, but I certainly remember Martin and his instant amiability. Seemed like a lovely guy and I'll miss his odd comics posts on ILC. RIP.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 1 August 2011 21:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

Keep trying to think of a way to express in real life why I would feel sad about this but it's kind of difficult and ends up coming out like Dorothy trying to describe her trip to Oz:

"You see there was this internet message board called ILX and there was this fellow named Martin, and whenever he posted something everybody would pay attention. He loved comics and cricket, M. John Harrison and Joyce Carol Oates, soul music and Japanese art- oh, all sorts of things. And then he and Mark S and Tom E would - oh, it was really quite extraordinary."

"What's that you say, a computer, eh? Maybe you need to take a rest from staring at that screen and go outside and get some fresh air."

Scharlach Sometimes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 00:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

But there is something that pretty much expresses exactly how I feel and it was something Gear wrote on Liz D's memorial thread, which I haven't looked since it was first posted but have certainly thought about more than once, and which I will cut and paste here, I hope he doesn't mind and nobody else minds.

the way this has troubled me over the past few days, perhaps irrationally, has given me pause, in that it makes me feel particularly vulnerable and powerless. emotionally speaking, that is. i've had more contact with some people on ilx than others on here, liz being somewhere in the middle i suppose, and it's made me realize how much it would affect me if anyone else were to be in a similar situation as she is. i've searched through the archives a number of times in recent days for other reasons and inevitably i've come across several liz postings and it kills me. because there's something alive and immediate about any post on here, even one from four years ago.
and some might think, 'gear, you're overreacting', but that doesn't take into account that everyone here has a very distinct personality. to see a post from roxy or jon or teeny or liz or amateurist or alex nyc or spencer or allyzay or blount and to think, 'oh of course they'd say that' is to realize you've come to know people on here and you have a certain affection for them and if any one of them were to be snatched away, it would hurt.

i told my father about this and he related a story about how when he and my mother were working at first national bank of chicago in the early '70s, there was a security guard downstairs in the lobby who they always saw standing in one corner. he was there the first two years they were. they never spoke to him, he was always just at his station in the corner, reading the paper, drinking his coffee. one morning he wasn't there, the same morning there was a particularly terrible train accident in chicago. they discovered the next day that this man had been killed in the accident. my father says everyone he knew at the bank, most of whom had never spoken to this very quiet, private fellow, were affected for a long time. he told me that he has never forgotten this man and to this day, whenever business takes him back to first national, he'll look to his corner and remember him fondly.

right now i don't want to not ever meet liz. if i don't have the opportunity to do so, i still think i'll always remember her.

― Gear! (Ill Cajun Gunsmith) (Gear!), Wednesday, July 13, 2005 11:20 AM (6 years ago)

Scharlach Sometimes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 00:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

i got the phone call about this several days ago and have still not managed to deal with it, emotionally, at all

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 09:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

martin was one of the first people i met when i first moved to london in 2003. we played bar billards, of course. i almost beat him in a fluke match and then got thoroughly schooled in the next. he was an extraordinarily clear and patient writer. i can't ever remember him going easy on any work of art, for any reason, but those things he liked he celebrated endlessly. i wish that the culture of italian and french and japanese comics had come to britain in his lifetime. i wish the art and comics world had found more of a place for his intellect. i wish he had taken better care of himself. i wish he were still alive.

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 11:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

i'm trying to put my finger on his mein and can't do it - "wry" doesn't really get it. he was grumpily amiable. he always had tired eyes. yes it was bad, things were bad, his eyes seemed to say, but here's a couple of reasons you might get on with a few things anyway. i'm failing terribly at this i know

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 11:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

tom gets it perfectly on freaky trigger of course:

an endless, unshowy curiosity, a frank and level judgement, and the depth of experience to give that judgement weight.

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 11:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

i just came upon this news. what an awful thing. one of the names that always stuck out, fixed below something worth reading, when i found this website. RIP.

goole, Friday, 5 August 2011 00:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

one of the names that always stuck out, fixed below something worth reading

^^^

om nom nom nnamdi asomugha (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 5 August 2011 01:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

"yes it was bad, things were bad, his eyes seemed to say, but here's a couple of reasons you might get on with a few things anyway."

Hand, I admire the stoicism of this plausible formulation.

the pinefox, Friday, 5 August 2011 08:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

thank you pinefox, though i fear it doesn't quite get at the core of the man. Ewing has managed it better.

Dark Noises from the Eurozone (Tracer Hand), Friday, 5 August 2011 10:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

Am I allowed say that I found him funny? I used to love his allusions to his louche lifestyle.

The New Dirty Vicar, Friday, 5 August 2011 10:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

yes!! his total, disarming frankness about sex!

Dark Noises from the Eurozone (Tracer Hand), Friday, 5 August 2011 10:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Those are the posts I imagine in a wide Somerset accent.

murdoch most foul (suzy), Friday, 5 August 2011 10:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

I felt like I had led such a sheltered life after reading those posts.

online pinata store (Nicole), Friday, 5 August 2011 12:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Is there any sort of memorial charity fund that people are donating to? If so, I'd like to donate.

jel --, Friday, 5 August 2011 12:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

Am I allowed say that I found him funny? I used to love his allusions to his louche lifestyle.

― The New Dirty Vicar, Friday, August 5, 2011 5:14 AM (5 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

yes!! his total, disarming frankness about sex!

― Dark Noises from the Eurozone (Tracer Hand), Friday, August 5, 2011 5:23 AM (5 hours ago) Bookmark

yes, i meant to say this but was too cautious.

by another name (amateurist), Friday, 5 August 2011 15:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

Woah, I only just caught this. Martin was one of the first ILXors whose name I would recognize on ILX. He was also among the first group of ILX people I met in person, way back in 2000? 2001? at The Pint Pot on Tottenham Court Road- I wonder how many of those people are still regular posters - Steve? Julio? Kate?Mark C? Tom? I guess Matt is still around... I remember Martin being among the first of the group that I spoke to and he was very friendly indeed, as always somewhat recognizable from his online persona but in other ways not. I wasn't aware of his health problems but he seemed to have lived in interesting if complex life and had a sincere and obvious passion for the people and things he loved. RIP

Patrice Leclerc Delacroix Poussin (admrl), Friday, 5 August 2011 16:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hi Adam yes I remember the pint pot - does it have Karaoke? - that was a wonderful evening.

Kind of want to start on Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy. Martin discovered him a few months ago and naturally enough went on to read a few quickly.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 5 August 2011 19:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

Haha, I just figured out who you are.

Patrice Leclerc Delacroix Poussin (admrl), Friday, 5 August 2011 23:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

Never met the guy , but he was an excellent contributor back in the glory days of I Love Comics. RIP.

Inevitable stupid samba mix (chap), Saturday, 6 August 2011 08:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've been on a vacation, so I only heard the news today, and even though this was expected it's still terribly sad and unfair for us to lose such a human being. Like many others I only knew Martin via the internet, but his immense knowledge and generous personality certainly made a big impression me. Good night and farewell, Martin.

Tuomas, Saturday, 6 August 2011 18:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

Adam - I remember that night! Martin and Mark S had promised/threatened a rendition of All The Things She Said, complete with lezzing up. It goes without saying we were deprived of this...

Matt DC, Saturday, 6 August 2011 18:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

"complete with lezzing up" <-- i am not at all sure i recall this aspect of the promise

mark s, Saturday, 6 August 2011 18:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

Been away from ILX for a long time, and this is the first news I got on my return. Shitty. Loved reading Martin's posts on virtually everything, and he put me in my place comics-wise on a few occasions. Thoughts are with those who knew and loved him IRL.

J, Saturday, 6 August 2011 19:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

Martin's brother has been in touch about the funeral, here are the details for anyone who hasn't heard yet, and would like to attend. I will see you there:

I'm finally in a position to be able to confirm the funeral arrangements for
Martin. The ceremony will be held at East Finchley (a.k.a. St Marylebone)
Cemetery East End Road, East Finchley, London, N2 0RZ on Thursday 18th
August at 3:00pm. Their website showing travel information etc. is at
http://www.westminster.gov.uk/services/communityandliving/burials/eastfinchl
ey/

As per Martin's wishes it will be a humanist ceremony, no flowers please but
any donations to Macmillan Cancer Support
<http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Home.aspx>; who made a massive difference to
the quality of life Martin had over the last few months would be most
gratefully received.

Ward Fowler, Monday, 8 August 2011 18:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

bump for the brits

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 9 August 2011 07:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Bump for anyone coming tomorrow.

bethnal green and baudrillard (c sharp major), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Went on vacation and realized that two of the books I brought along to read had been recommended on this board by Martin. Well, him and Rock Hardy- take care of yourself, Rock Hardy! And warm thoughts for tomorrow from here to over there

Viriconium Island Baby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 15:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

I haven't been on ILXOR in years, for some reason I felt compelled to do so today, and saw this terrible news. :( Martin was such a kind, nice gentleman. Rest in peace.

Aaron W, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

thank you!

::tries to remember what's on the calendar for tomorrow::

L.P. Hovercraft (WmC), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

You will be chairing memorial

Viriconium Island Baby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 19:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

meeting of Mississippi chapter of Martin Skidmore Appreciation Society

Viriconium Island Baby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 19:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

Sorry, didn't read upthread. Now I feel foolish. I will raise my coffee cup tomorrow morning at 3pm UK time and think of Martin and comics and music, and maybe even cricket.

L.P. Hovercraft (WmC), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 19:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

Don't forget The Man in the Tree, which you both liked so much.

Viriconium Island Baby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 19:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

have just been at the service. tough to deal with. buzzcocks and al green. RIP Martin.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 18 August 2011 17:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

he would have chuckled at the cliche of the absurd downpour

xxx ms

LORD SUkRAT of that ilk (mark s), Thursday, 18 August 2011 21:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

Sadly I wasn’t able to come because I couldn’t get off work. Thursday’s my busiest day of the week with multidisciplinary team meetings to arrange/coordinate and clinics to be run but I hope I’m doing my best, professionally, to make sure that our cancer patients receive proper treatment and care so I’ll call that my tribute to Martin. mc xx

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 19 August 2011 08:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've been thinking about Martin all day, I hope whatever place he is in now has an awesome stash of comics and good music. RIP Martin, you were a grand fellow.

Rameses Street (Trayce), Friday, 19 August 2011 09:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

LinkedIn just suggested I connect with Martin

Pizzataco Five (admrl), Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

If you can pull that off, I'm not giving LinkedIn as much credit as I should.

Aphex Twin … in my vagina? (Pleasant Plains), Thursday, 25 August 2011 15:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

nice piece about mark millar's early work that mentions martin:

http://sequart.org/magazine/21053/what-if-superman-was-really-the-antichrist/

miss you, ms

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 19:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

One of the best.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

yup

Algerian Goalkeeper, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 19:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

That was nice, thanks for linking that article.

The last of the famous international Greyjoys (Nicole), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

I have been butting heads with a guy irl who has nothing good to say about Martin from the Trident era so this is a welcome palate cleanser. Thanks Ward.

Troughton-masked Replicant (aldo), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

martin was lovely, friendly, generous and very open, one of the ppl who made me stick around this place when i discovered it

H in Addis, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 22:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

i never interacted with him, but from reading his posts here as well as his pieces on Freaky Trigger, i could tell he was a great guy.

authentically inauthentic (Pat Finn), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 23:47 (1 year ago) Permalink


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