(photographed by Dean Haspiel)
Founding member of Hang Dai Studios, Graphic NYC, Trip City.net, and Hang Dai Editions; photographer, comic book writer/artist, husband, father and friend, Seth Kushner, passed away the early afternoon of Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at the age of 41, leaving behind his wife Terra and son Jackson, and a galaxy-sized hole in the comix universe.
Co-creator of The Brooklynites (with Anthony LaSala), Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics (with Christopher Irving), CulturePop (photocomic profiles co-curated & co-edited by Jeff Newelt & Dean Haspiel), and many essays, articles, interviews, podcasts and comix, including Force Field Fotocomix, Secret Sauce, The Roman Nose (with George Folz), and his upcoming SCHMUCK graphic novel.
The comics community, friends & family honored Seth with memorials and eulogies, too many to list, but here are some to remember him by…
Bleeding Cool (Hannah Means-Shannon): Inspirational Pop Culture Photographer & Comic Creator Seth Kushner Has Passed Away
Bleeding Cool (Hannah Means-Shannon): The Comics Community Pays Tribute To Seth Kushner
Bleeding Cool (Hannah Means-Shannon): Friends & Family Gather to Remember Seth Kushner’s Name
The Comics Beat
The Comics Reporter
Washington Post: RIP, Seth Kushner: Through the lens warmly, creators salute the N.Y. pop-culture artist
John Siuntres at Word Balloon represents two podcast interviews he conducted with Seth in 2012 and 2014. Hear Seth here.
Seth’s alternative healer, Doctor Sam, had this to say:
“My name is Dr. Samir Chachoua, I was introduced to Seth by a mutual friend, Kirsten Holly Smith. Seth Kushner and Terra Kushner quickly became my favorite couple. Seth went into remission during the months I knew him from treatment that I had developed.
I have no interest or reason to say this other than a basis for you to believe the following: Doctors had stopped all treatment. Chemo and transplant had failed, even when family were summoned to say good-bye, they were scanning the globe for alternatives, conventional experimental or other. Love usually buckles to despair faced with a death sentence…not here. Treatment began.
SETH CAME BACK FROM A COMA.
ALL TRACES OF LEUKEMIA DISAPPEARED.
YOU ALL KNOW THIS if you have been following his story and life. What you may not know is that Seth had genes predisposing to his cancer. They also disappeared after treatment, making Seth unique in the history of humanity.
To put this in perspective, genes that predispose to cancer are why people including, most famously, Angelina Jolie, have their breasts and ovaries removed to avoid cancer. She was hailed as a hero for this mutilation. What would you call someone who showed the world that this could be done with an injection as opposed to surgery? Seth did that and had it documented at Mt. Siani Hospital, becoming the first human being to successfully remove cancer genes from his body. Can you imagine how that alone can impact millions of lives?
This was proven by independent hospital tests, over and over again. Seth overcame Leukemia, Liver Failure, Graft vs. Host rejection, pneumonia, so many faces of death, beaten.
Each time a Doctor would come bearing terrible tidings, Seth and Terra would beat it. Seth wanted to live, to perfect the treatment that cured his Leukemia so it would work just as well on other cancers. Seth wanted to bring it to the U.S. and help millions. He fought for his life and for others every day.
Seth will be the last patient I treat. I was retired when he found me. I don’t need credit or attention. I just want these words to come from me and have the people reading them know the credibility of the source.
Seth often told me how Terra and Jackson kept him here and how he needed to stay for them. I just need them and all of you to know that…
Jackson, your dad lived in a world that creates comic book heroes and fantasy figures. He was the first man ever to beat Leukemia and remove every genetic trace from his body. He was the only man ever to come back from a Cancer coma. He loved you so dearly. He fought for everyone to know his story and feel his inspiration.
This is the only time that these words really mean something,
Your Dad was a bigger hero than superman, much bigger and real.”
Please help support The Kushner Family at their GoFundMe page, during this tough time, if you can. Every penny counts.
Rest In Peace, Seth Kushner.
(Photographed by Carlos Molina)