Until her death this morning, Jeffrey Catherine Jones had a reputation as the greatest living transgender science fiction, fantasy, and comic book artist. She inspired an entire generation of emerging artists in comics and illustration by infusing fine art techniques into the commercial world of comics.
During her 67 years on Earth, she illustrated over 150 book covers, had a comic strip in the premiere issues of National Lampoon magazine as well as Heavy Metal magazine, did DC cover art for Batman and created countless other drawings, photographs, and paintings now viewable on her website. If you never got a chance to see her work during her lifetime, don’t fear! There’s an interview and a documentary so you can see the profound effect her work had.
A friend described her passing in the following note on her Facebook wall earlier today:
“Legendary fantasy artist Jeffrey Catherine Jones passed away today, Thursday May 19, 2011 at 4:00 am surrounded by family. Jeffrey suffered from severe emphysema and bronchitis as well as hardening of the arteries around the heart. Jeffrey’s dear friend Robert Wiener reported that there was a no resuscitation order as Jeffrey was weak from being severely under weight and had no reserves with which to fight.”
Doesn’t it suck when you discover awesome artists only after they’re gone?