(OAKLAND, CA) An early morning sketching session quickly turned to tragedy, after an apparent cartridge jam lead to the death of a young brush pen. Princess was an inking trailblazer at the studios of Hiredmeat. Her passing comes as a shock to their entire community of creative tools. Coworker and local man, Redd (a green Sharpie marker), says of Princess, "She was so full of life. That pen always came to work with a smile on her face."
Misfortune struck The S.S. Helen (home of Hiredmeat) amid a spontaneous 5am sketch session. During a routine refill replacement, Princess' ink cartridge became jammed. She was immediately rushed into emergency surgery. Though the device was successfully removed, the incident triggered complications from an injury Princess received in a skiing accident, earlier this year. Those complications proved to be more than she could take. Princess slipped away peacefully, at 6:18am, surrounded by close friends, colleagues, and loved ones.
Princess is most known for her 2008 debut on the Hiredmeat Team, when her graceful strokes and dry brush textures wowed us on Everybody's DEAD (IDW Publishing). For two years with Hiredmeat, Princess was a constant "go-to" girl, and was regularly called upon for sketches, drawings, and touch-ups. Her death comes just days before Comic-Con International 2010.
"I'm beside myself. We all are," states Dave Crosland, CEO & King Gum of Hiredmeat. "Just before we started working on her last drawings, Princess and I were laughing about how much fun we were going to have, in San Diego. It's going to be hard doing the show without her. But we're all going to push on and make it our best Comic-Con yet. That's what Princess would want us to do."