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November 12, 2012

Bill White, 1961-2012

imageThe animator, caricaturist, illustrator and comics artist Bill White died at his home in Massachusetts after a long struggle with an extended illness October 27, according to a post on his blog made by his wife. While a cause of death was not provided, White had suffered from pancreatic ailments according to some public testimony at his site over the last few years. He was 51 years old.

White grew up in Scituate, Massachusetts and graduated from that town's high school of the same name in 1979. White was a graduate of the Kubert School, where he studied animation under Milt Neil.

White's series from Vortex Comics, Kaptain Keen And Kompany, ran for six issues from late 1986 to early 1988. It was one of the early indy-comics features to be optioned for television production.

Other comic book work included gigs for DC, Marvel and Archie. The majority of his work was companies when they held a license to cartoon-related properties like The Flinstones.

In animation, White's employers included Spumco (for whom he worked on The Ren And Stimpy Show), Walt Disney and DiC (for whom he worked on Inspector Gadget). He worked extensively in advertising and also did work in caricature.

A personal reminiscence from Newton Gimmick appears here. Gimmick describes White as a talented, versatile cartoonist and kind of a full-service fan with a number of enthusiastic interests. His formal obituary notes his love for community theater.

Bill White is survived by a wife, Sharon, and a son, Oscar. He was recently preceded in death by a sister and is survived by another sister. He was laid to rest on November 2 in Scituate.
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