As JK noted a few days ago, Dutch artist Mick Oosterveer died last weekend in a motorcycle accident at the age of 50. Oosterveer was well known in Europe for his daily strip Nicky Saxx, but he had also collaborated with Mark Waid on a number of comics for the U.S. market, including two four-issue series, The Unknown and The Unknown: The Devil Made Flesh, about a detective who has a brain tumor and only six months to live.
In honor of Oosterveer, BOOM! Studios has made both collected editions available for free via comiXology (click the links above to go to the download pages). If this is your first time on comiXology, you will have to create an account, but it’s painless, and once you download the comics, you can read them on pretty much any device you own. Both comics also are available via the iPad app. There’s no mention of how long they will be available for free.
BOOM! Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon has also penned a nice appreciation of Oosterveer.
Broken Frontier reports that Minck Oosterveer, the artist known for his work on European comics like Nicky Saxx, Storm, Jack Pott and Zodiak, was killed in a motorcycle accident on Saturday. He was 50 years old.
In addition to his work in Europe, Oosterveer also worked with Mark Waid on Marvel’s recent Ruse mini-series, as well as the BOOM! titles The Unknown and The Unknown: Devil Made Flesh. “I appreciate the condolences from all regarding the abrupt death of Minck Oosterveer,” Waid posted on Twitter. “He was a phenomenal talent and a good man.”
“Minck was without a doubt one of the wittiest, and nicest people I’ve met in comics or anywhere. I don’t believe it would even be possible to find anyone that would have anything negative to say about the man,” Renee Witterstaetter, who represented Oosterveer, posted on her blog. “You could only know Minck a minute and he’d have you feeling at ease. Like you’d been friends forever.”
Any regular readers of What Are You Reading? likely know how much I enjoy Mark Waid‘s writing. So when Waid made himself available for a brief email interview regarding BOOM!’s The Unknown: The Devil Made Flesh, the first issue of which goes on sale tomorrow, I jumped at the chance. As I found out in this interview, Waid and I share a love of research. My thanks to Waid for the interview, and please be sure to check out CBR’s five-page preview of issue 1 here. As detailed at the preview: “Back by popular demand, Mark Waid brings another installment of the world’s greatest detective! With only six months to live, Catherine Allingham’s condition is terminal. But nothing will stop her from trying to solve even more mysteries. It’s international suspense and hair-raising macabre as time runs out for our detective.”
Tim O’Shea: It was years ago and in a different corporate universe, but as a fan of your run on Ruse, I have to ask–is Catherine Allingham a creative descendant of Emma Bishop to some extent?
Mark Waid: Ha! Man, someday, I’ve really got to go into hypnotherapy and see if someone can help me remember which prototypical Sarcastic Genius became the template for my scientists and investigators. Actually, Emma’s more tender than Catherine. Catherine has no time for tenderness.
O’Shea: What was the appeal to mixing a spiritual quest with scientific exploration?
Waid: The appeal was in making an attempt to use science to answer (or at least approach) the great metaphysical mysteries. Detective fiction is full of excellent gumshoes who can tell you whodunnit. I wanted to get more into the impossible questions; a detective’s only as interesting as the challenges she faces.