It's always sad to prepare a "R.I.P." post, as every one of them I create is in tribute to someone who "made my life a little better, or nicer", by either their presence or their accomplishments.
But, it's all the more so when it's a member of the small creative community that I've been privileged to be a part of - the Disney comic book creative community.
Pat McGreal passed away May 31, 2021.
I never met, and know little or nothing about, Pat McGreal, but I DO know that he was too young to be the subject of a post like this!
With his spouse Carol, Pat McGreal wrote some of the best contemporary Disney comic book stories, which have appeared in comics published by Gemstone and IDW.
Among my personal favorites were the "Shambor" series of Mickey Mouse tales, and "Ten Little Millionaires", an outer-space version of "Ten Little Indians" - with ROBBERIES taking the place of murders, of course! The latter is reviewed in my Blog post on the issue!
In that post, I discuss a few "McGreal-isms" that have worked their way into Disney comic book dialogue - my favorite of which is Gyro Gearloose's exclamation "Great Tesla's Coil!"
So much so that I integrated it into my own dialoguing work, because it's too perfect not to!