OLIVER NOME Passes Away

Page from "Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost"
Credit: Oliver Nome (DC Comics)
Credit: Oliver Nome

Artist Oliver "Ollie" Nome passed away March 24 following a long battle with Glioblastoma Multiform (GBM), Stage Four terminal cancer. Best known for his work on Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost and various Aspen Comics projects, the artist has been battling GBM since his initial diagnosis in May 2012.

DC Comics' co-Publisher Jim Lee wrote an eulogy for Nome, whom he first met when the artist won a 2006 WildStorm Talent Search.

Heartbroken to hear the passing of WildStorm artist Oliver Nome. Oliver was one of the last artists to join the studio but his "origin story" was one of the more unique, memorable ones. Winner of a major talent contest we held during the early days of the internet, Oliver made his presence felt immediately, taking stage at a comic con panel with us in his first public appearance as the winner. Appearing poised, charismatic and playful, he surprised us with his wit and confidence. 

That same confidence was evident in his work, which combined a love for superhero comics, high fashion and textured, graphic design. A tireless, hard worker—Oliver continued to deliver, taking on whatever project was placed on his drafting table, drawing late into the night and into the morning to make his deadlines. He was part of the very small team of WildStorm artists whose work shaped and created the look for the DC Universe Online massively multiplayer online game. A five-year project, it demanded a lot from every member of the concept art team, but Oliver's versatility and speed were a Godsend.

His sense of humor, sharp wit and incisive social commentary also added new dimensions to the usual studio banter, and he was matchless in what we called "battle talk" - the playful jousting between artists over each other's work and measure of talent. He made us laugh, and truthfully, he made some cry. He was fearless and inventive, courageous and colorful.  He was 33 when he was diagnosed with cancer back in May of 2012.

He fought valiantly for many years but realizing his time was soon to pass, he chose to return home to hospice care in the arms of his loving mother and sister.

With his passing, we can now only imagine the countless images he could have created, the untold stories he could have drawn.  But for those fortunate to have known him, we will always have the memories of his hilarious stories, his undying laughter and his impish, wistful smile.

Rest In Peace, Oliver - you will be missed.

In November, Nome gave his remaining original art to long-time friend Ale Garza to sell, with profits split between the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, an unnamed Veteran's fund, and Garza's son Gus.

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