Virtual Memories Show:
Tom Spurgeon Bonus Episode
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“The danger isn’t in the limits of what you can do for someone. The danger is in withdrawing, and realizing you don’t have those relationships anymore. If you can be engaged in someone’s life . . . that’s what you have and that’s what you work with.”
Following the unexpected death of Tom Spurgeon, my best friend and an inveterate supporter of the show, I’ve re-posted our 2012 conversation, along with a new (and emotional) introduction. Give it a listen
“I was morphined up and looking out the back of an ambulance for about three hours. You get to see things as a beginning, middle and end. . . . My story might end in a couple of hours. What does that mean? What was that life like?”
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About our Guest
At the time of his death at the age of 50, Tom Spurgeon was the editor of The Comics Reporter and executive director of CXC – Cartoon Crossroads Columbus.
Credits: The conversation was recorded at Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD in 2012 on a pair of Blue enCORE 100 Microphones feeding into a Zoom H4 digital recorder. I recorded the intro and outro on a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone feeding into a Cloudlifter CL-1 and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2×2 USB Recording Interface. All processing and editing done in Adobe Audition CC. Photos of me & Tom by my wife. It’s on my instagram.
2 Replies to “Tom Spurgeon Bonus Episode”
I just wanted you to know how much your conversation about and with your best friend, Tom Spurgeon, moved me. I “met” Tom and Eric back in the halcyon days of the Compuserve Comics Message Board in the 90s, then met both of them for reals a handful of times on the convention circuit.
It’s true serendipity for me that you shared your recent conversation with Tom and Eddie about bucket lists at SPX. My wife and I have known Eddie for — holy shit — more than a quarter-century. I have to concur with Eddie that doing mundane things like laying in bed with my wife and the cats late at night, drinking a decaf iced tea at my corner Starbucks and being surrounded by friends and family and things (comics, art, movies and music) I love… that’s my zen.
For me, the best way to celebrate Tom’s life going forward is to remember the lessons he shared with us through his work and life, keep learning from them and leave your love and caring out there for everyone to feel and embrace after we’re gone.
I’ve lost two comics BFFs over the past 15 years suddenly due to illnesses gone terribly, so your grief touches me deeply. I’m deeply sorry for your loss. Reach out whenever/ if ever…