Martin Emond is dead. The name won't mean much to most of you (although I hope it does) but he was a huge figure in the NZ comics community and had a great deal of respect internationally for his (prolific) work. I never met him directly (went to a party where he was pointed out to my by a comic/graphic geek friend) but I've seen his stuff and I like it. Sad news.
(thanks to Peter M for the link and confirming the news)