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Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:06 +0000
by Mayhem
Following the sad passing of Cynthia (Cynlee) on the Dojo, the decision has been taken to note and honour those Usagi fans whom we have lost. A new rank of "Sennin" has been created and allocated to her, forever meaning her presence here will be preserved.

This rank (meaning "immortal") is designed for any Usagi fan on the Dojo that is no longer with us. If anyone is aware of other Dojo members who have sadly passed and would like to see them knighted in such way, then please PM one of the moderators here on the board.

ROLL OF HONOUR
Sharon Sakai
Kim Thompson
Cynthia Fluharty (Cynlee)
Dougie McCoy (dougiemccoy)
Gary Nishimura

Re: Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:47 +0000
by Steve Hubbell
The rank of Sennin has also been bestowed upon the late Dougie McCoy (1963 - 2013).....

Re: Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:57 +0000
by Stan Sakai
This is a great idea.

Re: Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 21:02 +0000
by maichan
Such a wonderful gesture. :)

:idea: Just an idea, but perhaps this thread (or a new one) could be pinned (stickyed), and a list of the Sennin could be kept in the first post?

Re: Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:33 +0000
by Lobster Johnson
This is a good idea, and a nice way to honor Dojo members who have passed away.

Re: Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 15:01 +0000
by Maka
maichan wrote: :idea: Just an idea, but perhaps this thread (or a new one) could be pinned (stickyed), and a list of the Sennin could be kept in the first post?


I think that is a great idea. And thanks to Mayhem for coming up with this nice way to honor our members who are gone. Peace, maka

Re: Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 16:29 +0000
by Steve Hubbell
I, for one, hope that the number of Dojo members who are promoted to the rank of "Sennin" remains very limited for as long as possible because losing fellow Usagi fans in never fun. :cry:

Re: Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:08 +0000
by Mayhem
Indeed. It's one of those things, the internet brings people together from all over the world, but it means you discover losing more people who have touched your life in some way.

Re: Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 19:01 +0000
by Todd Shogun
I'd like to add Kim Thompson to this list. He was Usagi's editor when Stan was at Fantagraphics and a huge promoter of Stan and many other furry/anthro creators in the 80s-90s. He passed untimley in June 2013. In the early days of the Dojo, Kim was very helpful in getting me content that would have otherwise taken hours upon hours of time to recreate or just go without. He was instrumental in supporting the launch of the Dojo.

Re: Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:56 +0000
by Mayhem
Done there Todd :)

Re: Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:00 +0000
by coolray85
I wanted to add that I think this is a lovely idea...

Re: Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 16:49 +0000
by Gaffey
I was watching some videos on YouTube and came across this interview that has Cynlee (starting around 2:08).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DkaIdEZ930

Re: Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:57 +0000
by Todd Shogun
Added Gary Nishimura to the list. Gary of Gary's Corner Bookstore (GCB) was a great friend and early supporter of the Dojo. His store was a comic book store in San Gabriel that he operated part-time. That was the outlet for Stan's comic purchases for many years, and he continued purchasing from Gary even after he closed his doors. Gary's furry likeness appeared a few times in the Usagi comics as an anthropomorphic storekeeper in cameos. It was through Gary that the Dojo linked up with his brother Don Nishimura who has done all of the UYD t-shirts. Gary passed away untimely on January 4, 2015 due to complications with diabetes.

Back in 1998 I did a short interview of Stan and Gary at GCB:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Zn_GDRtobo

Rest in peace Gary
http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignit ... id=6269867

Gary will Always be Gary.
His kindness, generosity and honesty
touched us all in so many different ways.
Do not be sad, but take comfort in the thought
that we were the chosen few invited past the
wooden gate and into his comic book kingdom.
And although that kingdom is gone from this
earth, we can rejoice in the knowledge that
even now he is preparing a new comic book
kingdom for us beyond a new gate.
However, for the present, we will miss him.
Thank you for being his friend.

Re: Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 15:20 +0000
by Maka
Nice tribute, Todd. Thanks for adding Gary. I shopped at his store between 1988-1990s. I remember seeing him in two Usagi trade paperbacks and thinking, "That's so cool that I guy I know is in Usagi!" I loved his store because it was jammed packed with back issue boxes on top of boxes. This was a treasure hunt palace before eBay and the internet. Thank you, Gary. You started my love of comics at age 18. Peace, maka

Re: Honouring those who have left us

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 15:48 +0000
by richarddragon
Oh, I remember his as a bookkeeper, yes.

Rest in peace, Gary!