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February 6, 2013

Luisa Felix, 1952-2013

imageFrom 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.
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