Bernie Wrightson Retires

For those of you who missed the announcement…

JANUARY 30, 2017


Dear Fans and Friends,

I apologize for our silence for the past few months. Last November Bernie began falling again, and having obvious problems with perception. He had to undergo yet another brain surgery to relieve bleeding, and then spend several weeks undergoing in-patient rehabilitation. Unfortunately, it appears that he has lasting damage: he has extremely limited function on his left side, and is unable to walk or reliably use his left hand, among other limitations.

We have had to come to the sad conclusion that he is now effectively retired: he will produce no new art, and he is unable to attend conventions. Should this situation change I will happily announce it here.

He can still sign his name (in fact he was signing Kickstarter prints in the hospital!), and is otherwise pretty healthy and has good cognition. We expect to continue releasing signed prints, and offering occasional pieces of art for sale from the collection that remains. We both thank all of you for your continuing support and good wishes!

All our best,
Liz and Bernie Wrightson


Mr. Wrightson has been a giant in the industry for decades.  His often imitated, never duplicated style is both groundbreaking and seminal.  We here at Release The Kraken will miss his efforts even as we hope against hope for his recovery.  I enjoin you all to look up his work and be dazzled by it again.  If, somehow, you are unfamiliar with it, then by all means, immerse yourself in it.  Start with his breathtaking collaboration with Stephen King on their adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  The work is stunning; both powerful and meticulous at the same time.







I simply cannot say enough good things about the scope and quality of Bernie Wrightson’s oeuvre.  As an artist myself, I was always humbled and inspired by him.  I salute you, Bernie, even as I mourn the loss of your pen.  Best wishes to you and yours, sir.  You inspired a generation.

R T Kraken!

Prior to becoming a professional curmudgeon and the Scourge of the Northern seas, R.T. Kraken worked as an artist and a photographer. He has been an avid comic book fan since he was spawned as well as an insufferable know-it-all.
He also sings for the Supra-70s band, RIFLE.
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