February 6, 2013
Luisa Felix, 1952-2013
From the artist Jesse Hamm comes word that web cartoonist and mini-comics maker Luisa Felix, the creator of Candy Blondell
, died on January 31. She was 60 years old. The cause of death was apparently complications caused by a recent stomach virus. Felix died in her Hoboken, New Jersey home, while sleeping.
Felix created her Candy Blondell character in 1986, basing her appearance on Jean Harlow. Blondell was a silent movie cartoon star whose rival was Betty Boop. Felix created several mini-comics starring the character and a Hollywood-centric cast, although her presence at GoComics reveals any number of pin-ups, poses and character shots. "I admired her drawings for their solidity and simple charm," Hamm told The Comics Reporter
. Her artwork probably most closely resembled that of fellow New Jersey cartoonist Al Kilgore.
The artist Paul Curtis remembers his friend here
. A service was held yesterday at 11 AM. Maggie Thompson was among those that signed Felix's guest book
posted 5:40 pm PST
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