In Memory of Josh Medors

After a long battle with spinal cancer, artist Josh Medors passed away November 28 at 4:00 PM central time. He was 36 years old.

Best known for his work on "Frank Frazetta's Swamp Demon" and his creator-owned "Willow Creek," Medors also provided pencils for "G.I. Joe: America's Elite" published by Devil's Due Publishing, "30 Days of Night" from IDW and more. Medors was also a talented cover artist, providing covers for "Vengeance of the Moon Knight," "The Living Corpse: Exhumed" and more.

Josh lived in Pataskala, Ohio, just outside of Columbus.  He was a mainstay, when his health permitted it, at Ohio and regional comic book shows and conventions.  He attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he obtained a degree in Graphic Design, Cell Animation and Illustration. His first published works in comics were pin-ups for various publishers. After meeting "30 Days of Night" creator Steve Niles via Niles' website, Medors provided art for a number of Niles' projects including "Think Like a Machine," "30 Days of Night Annual," "Dial M For Monster" and "Horrorcide." 

Josh was always concerned for fans and fellow creators.  He was diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer in 2008.  Medors helped found Help for Heroes, in partnership with the Heroes Initiative, to aid comic book creators who had been diagnosed with cancer in their fight against cancer.  The Hero Initiative also kept everyone up to date on how Josh was doing. 

He was very giving with his time to fans and has produced many beautiful convention pieces, especially working with the likes of his friend and fellow creator Sean Forney, they created the last Mid-Ohio Convention program in 2010, and the 2012 Gem City (Dayton, OH) Comic Con program guide.  He also helped create the program cover for the premiere Akron Comicon and was supposed to attend but had to cancel due to his health issues.  He leaves behind his wife and son, along with legions of fans in Ohio and elsewhere who marvelled at such an amazing talent.  Gone much too soon.  Godspeed, Josh Medors.

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