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Roy Disney, Dead at 79

Various outlets are reporting itRoy E.  Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, has passed away from Stomach Cancer. Roy worked for his Uncle and Father’s company as an editor, screenwriter, and producer in the 1950’s and went on to be head of Disney Animation during a period that brought the company back from near extinction with films like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

He’s also known for several battles within the company. As a major shareholder, he deposed two company Presidents and fought to keep the company’s quality from dropping to, what he thought, were unacceptable levels.

Len Wein (Creator of Swamp Thing) has lost his house

It never rains but it pours.

Comic Book Resources is reporting that the house of Len Wein, the creator of Swamp Thing and Lucius Fox for DC and Wolverine for Marvel, and DC’s editor during Crisis on Infinite Earths and Watchmen, has burned down – over half the house was a complete loss, and his dog was killed as well. Wein was largely working as a freelancer at the time of the fire, so these are tough times for him.

CBR will have details on how we can help as soon as they are available.

Aaron Alliston in the hospital for surgery.

In addition to game designer Dave Arneson being in the hospital due to his cancer worsening, the official Star Wars blog is reporting Aaron Alliston is in the hospital as well, undergoing a quadrupal bypass surgery. If you want to help, there are two ways you can do it:

  1. Alliston’s family has started a blood donation sponsorship – if you are in the Dallas area you can go to Carter BloodCare center, or the National Blood Exchange, and say you’d like to donate blood for Aaron Alliston, a Carter BloodCare patient, and give his sponsor number – SPON 047786.
  2. You can send cards (but not perishable items or flowers) to
    Aaron Allston
    c/o Del Rey Books
    1745 Broadway
    New York, NY 10019

I’d like to wish Aaron a speedy recovery, and in general I hope he gets well soon.