When I was a kid, I wanted to be a cartoonist. I loved MAD Magazine and many comics. Then I decided I'd rather be a writer, then a lawyer (that one was more other people's idea than mine), a historian, a public administrator, and finally -- a professor. But I still like to draw cartoons (and of course, write). So I appreciate most comic strips, some more than others. I can't say his work was my favorite, but this is sad news. Never knew he was so young!