As an editor at Universal Uclick, I get to read not only comics but also a variety of puzzles and text features, among them Roger Ebert's weekly film reviews. By the time they got to me, Roger's reviews had already been through the Chicago Sun-Times copy desk as well as another editor here, so my involvement was something of a formality. However, just reading his reviews a little bit ahead of publication — and subsequently seeing many of the films he either lauded or panned — made me feel like we had something of an ongoing dialogue about cinema. Seeing all the tributes to Roger's life and work pop up in the last 24 hours, it's clear many thousands of others felt the same way.
While I could go on expressing my admiration for Roger and the joy de vivre with which he approached his life's work, instead I'd like to pull a few classics from the GoComics vault to show how much of a cultural touchstone Roger Ebert had become. Before I do, I'd just like to issue one final salute to a man whom I never met, but whom many of my colleagues in the Andrews McMeel family had come to love and admire. Rest in peace, sir.
Heart of the City, Jan. 2, 2003
Adam @ Home, May 24, 1996
Doonesbury, June 11, 1998
Ziggy, August 2, 1990
The Argyle Sweater, October 17, 2008
Close to Home, Nov. 11, 2003