Cartoonist and illustrator Gerry Shamray has passed away.
Gerald James (Gerry) Shamray
February 19, 1957 – September 25, 2023
From the moment Gerry Shamray got his first box of Crayola Crayons as a child, he’s been creating bright, colorful images and imaginative stories. The crayons may have been replaced by a Wacom tablet and mixed media but Gerry’s inventive imagination continues to be fresh and youthful.
[Gerry] passed away unexpectedly on September 25, 2023 … Gerry was a member of the National Society of Illustrators. He was an American Comic Book artist known for his work on American Splendor and John Darling. Gerry was an adjunct professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
The John Darling Trivia Teaser was the idea of Gerry Shamray, John Darling’s third and penultimate artist, and Gerry handled that aspect himself. I thought it was a nice solution for the “drop panels” that were sometimes eliminated if newspapers needed space and chose to run only the bottom two rows.
Graphics Editor/Assistant Editor/Editor Sun Newspapers Oct 1988 – Jun 2009
Freelance Illustrator/designer/writer Jun 2010 – Present
Adjunct Faculty Cleveland Institute of Art Jan 2015 – Present
Gerry’s comic strip credits include
Cleveland 1981 – 1982 for The Cleveland Press
Funky Winkerbean for “a few weeks” ca. 1984(?) for Tom Batiuk
John Darling artist 1985 – 1989
Wyse Advice 1989 – 1990 creator, writer, artist
More about Gerry and art samplings at his homepage and at his Twitter/X and Facebook accounts.
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