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May 8, 2012

R.I.P. Maurice Sendak

This just goes to show you that a shitty day can become even shittier. Before, I didn’t even have a reason to be upset, but now it’s come to my attention that Maurice Sendak passed away today at 83 years-old. The openly gay (and openly awesome) author was the genius behind the classic children’s book Where The Wild Things Are.

Sendak’s work and illustrations were a direct influence on me as an artist (something I don’t talk about often on here). Where The Wild Things Are was not only one of my favorite books as a kid, but a story I would revisit time and time again.

I apologize for talking about myself so much in this post. There’s just something about Sendak’s death that feels very personal to me, like I’ve lost a small part of my childhood. Going forward, I can only hope that Sendak is remembered for the legend that he was, is and will continue to be.

– Dewitt

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Bohemond 12:55pm on May 9, 2012

I've never read an obituary of a straight person that didn't mention a deceased spouse.

  • Caleb

    Go home, open up a bottle of wine, and reread Where the Wild Things Are.  Celebrate, don’t mourn!  

  • KalispellDude on MH

     The movie was actually pretty good too.


    A brilliant and sensitive creative genius. He will be missed.

  • Bohemond

    One of the things that frustrates me most about his death is that most of the obituaries are ignoring Sendak’s homosexuality and making no mention of his longtime partner/husband. Sendak was not in the closet, and yet the media are closeting him.  He was a wonderful author and will definitely be missed.

  • mcdannie

    I suspect part of the matter was that his partner predeceased him so it’s not like he’s survived by anyone? Then again they were together for 50 years and I never knew that until something like five years ago.

  • Bohemond

    I’ve never read an obituary of a straight person that didn’t mention a deceased spouse.