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Ricky Garduno, RIP

Ricky Garduno

Sad reports coming in that Ricky Garduno, a young storyboard artist for numerous TV shows, has passed away at age 35. The cause of death is still unconfirmed. Some people online are speculating it was suicide, but it also may have been an accidental death. His credits included El Tigre, The Buzz on Maggie, Family Guy, The Drinky Crow Show and Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island! He also created the online comic 1930 Nitemare Theatre, which ran on Dumm Comics for a number of years. He participated in this roundtable discussion about Dumm Comics that we published in 2008.

UPDATE #1: Some lovely tributes about Ricky are being posted online:
Gabe Swarr
Jorge Gutierrez
Dave Thomas (plus a complete El Tigre board by Ricky)
Memorial comic by Peggy
Niko Anesti
Zach Bellissimo
Nico Colaleo

An example of 1930 Nitemare Theatre from 2009. Click for larger version:

1930 Nitemare Theatre

UPDATE #2: Family Guy posted this tribute title card (below) on the 2/12/12 episode, “Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream” (Season 10, episode 13).