One Year Ago – Gone but Not Forgotten
August 12, 2011

Photo Credit: Danny Neumann - Taken SDCC 2010 in Eddie's Hotel RoomIt was a one year ago today that I got the early morning call from Jesse Falcon that our dear friend Eddie Wires had passed away suddenly in the night, at the age of 38, while at his workbench doing what he loved – painting action figure prototypes.   For everyone one that knew him the hole in our hearts that Eddie left with his passing is still there, and some days are tougher than others… like his absence felt all week at Comic Con last month, but we continue to celebrate his life, his work and his legacy.

Eddie’s brother Jason is caring on with the family business and is growing Wires Productions to new heights.   Expanding from just prototype painting to include molding, casting and 3-D printing.   Taking the company and fulfilling the dream of his brother to be a full service studio.  As a remarkable tribute all of Eddie’s clients including DC Direct and Diamond Select stayed on with Jason, not just in memory of Eddie, but also because of Jason’s enormous talent.  You can check out Jason’s amazing work at www.jasonwiresproductions.com/

At Comic Con last month it was my intention to do a panel about the legacy and work of Eddie Wires.  Unfortunately  Comic Con wasn’t convinced there would be an audience for that, and passed on it.  So instead I took some time at the end of my other panel to talk about Eddie since most of the panelists were his friends and the audience was familiar with his work.  Abby and I, along with many of Eddie’s friends had the opportunity to raise a glass to Eddie on Saturday night along with Jason.

Eddie’s passing at such a young age is a constant reminder to not put things off -not your dreams, not your health, not your responsibilities, not your relationships. Don’t keep putting that stuff of to some theoretical "someday."  There will always"someday" out there you can keep pushing things off to… until there isn’t.   Do it now.   Do what you love.  And most of all – be happy.  

 That was Eddie’s real legacy.

Thanks Eddie.  We miss you.

 

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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5 Comments »

  • AFi Admin Vader says:

    Only a true and wonderful friend could write such a beautiful in memoriam.

  • peyton jones says:

    Julius,

    Both times you wrote your articles on Eddie I was touched. Thanks man. I lost my best friend suddenly this year. Your tribute to Eddie was a sign of a true friend. Not letting his legacy die is an awesome legacy to the guy he must’ve been.

    His artwork truly inspired me. At the site listed above, I attempted a 4 x 4 foot Batcave from the Timm Universe, but Eddie’s figures always seemed the coolest. I marveled at how many of my favorite figures were painted by this one guy.

    Thanks for being a true friend and sticking your neck out at the panel. Can’t tell you how much respect that gave me for you.
    Peyton

  • Danny CantinaDan says:

    Really appreciate that last paragraph, Daniel. So, so true. Very touching. Thanks for keeping Eddie’s legacy in our minds.

  • Brian-Man says:

    Wonderful words man. Can’t believe it’s already been a year. Kudos to Jason for keeping the dream alive and turning out some amazing work this past year. Looking forward to seeing all the great things to come. As long as there are action figures on display in my house, Eddie Lives!

  • demoncat says:

    a touching tribute to a loss friend for his legacy carries on. and could not agree more with the last part that one should do what they need to do today for as eds death prove one never knows when it will end too soon.

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