On the night of November 3rd, the world suddenly lost Jeremy Dale. He was only 35 but was already a beloved comic book illustrator and writer for many. He leaves behind his wife, Kelly, who helped manage his career and frequently assisted on his books with colors, letters, and edits. He also leaves his burgeoning fantasy opus, Skyward, unfinished. But he left behind a lot of stories worth reading.
I met Jeremy online in 1998 or so and we would chat late into the night online about art, comics and whatever else. Jeremy was very hard working and creative but was also incredibly friendly and very funny. He was also a fixture at the big comic conventions and comic stores, selling his self-published books and sketches. He touched a lot of lives in the relatively short time he was with us.
Here is a semi-complete list of his works and where you can find them. If you were a fan and wish to help with the medical and funeral expenses that appeared so suddenly and unexpectedly, you can donate here.
Jeremy was creating comics back in high school and college, such as Thin Cage, but his first self-published comics available to the public were issues 1 through 6 of Trust, about college student Johnny Havoc learning a mystery about his parents that sends him into the world of spies and ninjas. I remember drawing his ninja, Shadowbolt, which was printed in one of the issues, which were printed from 2003-2004. They were self-printed and assembled so only a small handful of each issue exists. You’d have to find them from someone who already has one, unless they are reprinted at some point in the future.
From 2005-2006, Jeremy published Absolute Zeroes #1-3, about a brother and sister superhero duo who were trying to replace Chicago’s greatest hero. It was a bit funnier and it featured superheroes, two things Jeremy loved. They should still be available through Jeremy’s old site, here. It was during this time that Jeremy got some small gigs with larger publishers, doing work for hire. He did a backup story in Image’s Wildguard: Fool’s Gold and City of Heroes #5 by Devil’s Due. Also in this time, Jeremy created a 24-hour comic called Storytellers.
2007 was a busy year for Jeremy, as he contributed to the Hurricane Katrina relief book HOPE: New Orleans and also Image’s new anthology series, Popgun vol. 1. He was also recruited by Hasbro to begin illustrating G.I. Joe comics written by Larry Hama, who has written the vast majority of all Joe books as well as creating the bios for most of the figures. They were released in 2008 as part of Hasbro’s 25th anniversary line. Popgun can be found in many comic stores and here on amazon. The GI Joe comics come with the 25th anniversary figures so they can frequently be found at pop culture stores and eBay.
In 2008, Jeremy illustrated the title Miserable Dastards, about the goons that are hired to work for supervillains. This is a comic you can still buy digitally, here on Comixology. Jeremy also kept himself busy with other work-for-hire projects including NFL Rush Zone.
Ultimately, Jeremy may end up being best-remembered for his all-ages epic fantasy book Skyward. It was a massive success when he gave away an issue for Free Comic Book Day in 2013 and decided to make it an ongoing book. There were 9 issues published before his untimely demise. You can find copies of Skyward, original art and sketchbooks at Jeremy’s online store: http://jeremydale.bigcartel.com/products. I highly recommend it.