49-year-old artist Al Rio was found dead in his home yesterday. The famous comic book artist took his own life by hanging himself.
Al Rio, was born Alvaro Araújo Lourenço do Rio on 05/19/62, and was raised in Fortaleza, in the northeast of Brazil. He became an animator for Disney in the 90's, working on the cartoon series "Aladdin" before he started working for Glasshouse Comics and then DC Comics.
He drew for Marvel, Vertigo Press, Dark Horse, Chaos! Comics, Avatar Press, Crossgen, Zenescope, Image, along with others. He would draw woman eroticly, even releasing a book entitled "How To Draw Girls" and did brilliant work on Batman, and Spider-man as well.
He was working on "Fever Moon" for Random House at the time of his death. He leaves behind a wife, Zilda, and 3 children, Renee, Adrialle, and Isabelle.
His funeral will take place today, Feb. 1st in on Cemitério São João Batista, in Fortaleza, Brazil.
We send our heartfelt prayers and love to his family and friends. To check out the brilliant artwork of Al Rio, please go here.
Al Rio, you will be missed.-DocFB
That's right, a musical based on our web-spinning friend is set to take Broadway by storm in 2010, accordng to this BBC article. The musical will be directed by Julie Taymor, who brought The Lion King to the stage and the music and lyrics will be written by none other than Bono and The Edge. It will reportedly be the most expensive Broadway production to date at $40 million, and will open at the Hilton Theatre, the only venue big enough to contain the skyscraper sets.
Finally, girls! A way to get your guys to take you to the theatre! I know certain men in particular who claim musicals make certain body parts retract into their abdominal cavities. I also know these men will probably be first in line, and I fully expect to catch them humming a showtune or two somewhere down the road.