Martin Skidmore [RIP 2011]

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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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