R.I.P. Gene Catlow

R.I.P. Gene Catlow

Joined: October 5th, 2014, 1:59 pm

March 11th, 2017, 9:39 am #1

Albert Temple otherwise known as Gene Catlow passed away from natural causes Sunday 5th March 2017 aged 59
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

March 11th, 2017, 10:43 am #2

"Gene Catlow" is- or rather, apparently, was- a long-running webcomic that predated even TWB by a couple of years.

I can't honestly say I was a regular reader of the strip- I read it regularly for a while, many years ago, but at some point probably when switching computers, I just never got around to putting it back in my bookmarks.

Nothing malicious, of course, the story just wasn't my cup of tea.

I will, however, give him much well-earned respect for producing quality work, on a regular schedule, for a very long time. I see by reading back a couple of months that the storyline was coming to a head, and it's very much a pity that all of his readers will apparently never know how it was supposed to play out.

Makes me wonder if he has a script or outline that a family member could post- even if there's no art or even dialogue, it'd be nice to have a synopsis.

My condolences to his family and friends.

... It's actually kind of interesting that, despite the fact I've been a webcomics fanatic since probably 2000-2001, and I've read literally thousands of individual titles over the years (meaning hundreds of thousands of individual strips) I can only think of one other author that passed away while working on a comic. And that was... let me look... Okay, that took a lot longer than I thought to find, since I couldn't entirely remember the details, but the strip was called "Bad Rabbit".

It didn't update terribly regularly- I seem to recall it had been on hiatus for a year or more when I first found it, and then came back for a brief while- but it had some sizeable archives (300-500 strips) and some great humor.

Somewhere around here, buried on a hard drive, I have two or three of his strips, that I saved specifically because I thought they had a great gag that I could swipe... that is, emulate, for a TWB gag.

In fact, when Doc got hit by the pie, a trap set by Bandit, lo those many years ago (over a decade?) that strip was inspired by a "Bad Bunny" strip where a pie springs out of his computer monitor on him. I think the punchline was something like "It's going to be one of those weeks, isn't it?"

And since his site is now listed as "lost", and the author himself has been gone for what must be at least ten years now, those few strips may be the only ones left.

And you know, that's kind of a depressing thought.

Hopefully someone can make an "official" archive of Catlow so that it can remain out where people can continue to read it.

Doc.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

March 11th, 2017, 11:07 am #3

Looking through one- one - of my folders full of saved comic strips, I managed to find the "Bad Bunny" strips. Turns out I have about six of them, although there's one I'm almost positive I saved, that isn't in with them.

Anyway, here's the strip I was talking about:



The art wasn't stunning, but it got the point across, and the humor was great. It's a shame the archives have been lost.

Doc.
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Joined: September 11th, 2014, 4:45 pm

March 11th, 2017, 3:26 pm #4

It might be possible to find some of those old comics on a website called "The Wayback Machine." I think that is what it is called, anyway.
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Joined: November 17th, 2014, 11:09 am

March 11th, 2017, 4:01 pm #5

It does't archive many if any pictures.
(I think it's to stop it from being overloaded with 'cute' cat pictures)
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Joined: January 20th, 2016, 3:19 pm

March 11th, 2017, 6:03 pm #6

Albert Temple otherwise known as Gene Catlow passed away from natural causes Sunday 5th March 2017 aged 59
It's been a long time since I've read the comic- it got too crazy for me to follow and I never picked back up after loosing all of my webcomic bookmarks a few times- but I remember binging the archives fondly. My condolences to his family, friends and fans
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Joined: November 10th, 2014, 10:32 pm

March 11th, 2017, 9:54 pm #7

Albert Temple otherwise known as Gene Catlow passed away from natural causes Sunday 5th March 2017 aged 59
Had all but forgotten about that strip. Thought it had been ended years ago.

Sad news.
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Joined: October 27th, 2014, 12:30 pm

March 11th, 2017, 11:31 pm #8

"Gene Catlow" is- or rather, apparently, was- a long-running webcomic that predated even TWB by a couple of years.

I can't honestly say I was a regular reader of the strip- I read it regularly for a while, many years ago, but at some point probably when switching computers, I just never got around to putting it back in my bookmarks.

Nothing malicious, of course, the story just wasn't my cup of tea.

I will, however, give him much well-earned respect for producing quality work, on a regular schedule, for a very long time. I see by reading back a couple of months that the storyline was coming to a head, and it's very much a pity that all of his readers will apparently never know how it was supposed to play out.

Makes me wonder if he has a script or outline that a family member could post- even if there's no art or even dialogue, it'd be nice to have a synopsis.

My condolences to his family and friends.

... It's actually kind of interesting that, despite the fact I've been a webcomics fanatic since probably 2000-2001, and I've read literally thousands of individual titles over the years (meaning hundreds of thousands of individual strips) I can only think of one other author that passed away while working on a comic. And that was... let me look... Okay, that took a lot longer than I thought to find, since I couldn't entirely remember the details, but the strip was called "Bad Rabbit".

It didn't update terribly regularly- I seem to recall it had been on hiatus for a year or more when I first found it, and then came back for a brief while- but it had some sizeable archives (300-500 strips) and some great humor.

Somewhere around here, buried on a hard drive, I have two or three of his strips, that I saved specifically because I thought they had a great gag that I could swipe... that is, emulate, for a TWB gag.

In fact, when Doc got hit by the pie, a trap set by Bandit, lo those many years ago (over a decade?) that strip was inspired by a "Bad Bunny" strip where a pie springs out of his computer monitor on him. I think the punchline was something like "It's going to be one of those weeks, isn't it?"

And since his site is now listed as "lost", and the author himself has been gone for what must be at least ten years now, those few strips may be the only ones left.

And you know, that's kind of a depressing thought.

Hopefully someone can make an "official" archive of Catlow so that it can remain out where people can continue to read it.

Doc.
I bet a large number of comics, like your own, have been lost to time since the only one that does computer archives them where the pubic can view them is the artist them self's.

Maybe some day someone will create a charitable foundation that would maintain a database to store web comics so old web comics wont be lost to the ages of time.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

March 12th, 2017, 12:47 am #9

No bet there. Here's The Belfry's listing of "lost" comics. "Lost" meaning it quit/ended, eventually the site itself closed down and now the domain is gone.

That's over five thousand comics.

Granted a good number of those probably never made it more than 20 to 50 strips in (I can see at least one in there that didn't make it into the double digits) but I can see many dozens of strips I used to read- 64 demons, As If, Angst Technology, Moondog, Radioactive Panda, the infamous and unlamented Space Moose that hit the triple digits or even the quadruple digits.

That's a LOT of cool stuff lost.

Doc.

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Joined: November 17th, 2014, 11:09 am

March 12th, 2017, 10:31 am #10

Now imagine that more of those had used one of the 'free' hosting services that caters specifically to comics.
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