We're saddened to report that Herman's Jim Unger has passed away. You can head on over to the Facebook Memorial Page to give your condolences https://www.facebook.com/HERMANcomics
Here's the release from the Unger family:
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Jim Unger has died. The creator of the enormously successful and original offbeat cartoon panel HERMAN passed away Monday morning at his home in Victoria, British Columbia.
HERMAN, which is featured in hundreds of newspapers worldwide by Universal Uclick as well as in dozens of book collections, was inspirational to many creators from Gary Larsen to Scott Adams.
The ground-breaking British-born cartoonist was twice honored by the National Cartoonist Society as Best Syndicated Panel.
“Jim was genuinely funny on and off the comic page,” says David Waisglass, Creator of Farcus and long-time friend. “He loved to share a laugh more than anything.”
After 20 years of cartooning and thousands of original comics to his credit, Unger retired to the Bahamas in 1992. He returned to the comic pages in 1997 with the release of classic and new HERMAN material.
“Jim was a genius by any definition,” says Waisglass. “He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him and his work.”
Waisglass, along with Canadian comic illustrator Roly Wood, assisted Unger in his later years.
“It’s been great working with Jim,” says Waisglass, who calls Unger his mentor. “He was not just a business partner, colleague, and friend. He was truly a hilarious man with a sweet caring soul.”
Unger died quietly in his home at 75 years of age.
Many HERMAN cartoons have been inspired by his beloved sister, Deborah, and her husband Danny Parker along with their three children and many grandchildren, who always lived nearby. His brother, Robert, lived with Unger and joined in writing of many HERMAN cartoons until his death in 2003. Unger is also survived by his sister, Shirley Unger, in Ontario, Canada, and his brother Steve Unger in the U.K.
In lieu of flowers and cards, the family asks that donations be made to the HEART & STROKE FOUNDATION.