Don Donahue died last week. His passing has not yet made it into the mainstream media, as far as I know; but here's the opening of what I wrote:
Fogle’s message said Donahue was in Alta Bates with prostate cancer. I run into Fogle maybe once a year. I run into Donahue less. But they belong to a community of underground cartoonists, publishers, dealers, fans which has enriched my life for two decades with its vision, wit and spirit. I hate hospitals. I fear them more each year. I feel they lie in wait with open jaws. I know they do miracles. But for everyone, just once, they do not happen. Still, it was ten minutes from my office. I could say “Hello. Sorry, man. Hope you’re better soon.”
I got as far as “Hello.”
You can find the rest of it here:
Causes Bob Levin Supports
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, ACLU, PEN, Berkeley Emergency Food & Housing Project.