For those of you who are on Facebook, you may have seen me change my FB cover. The last time I communicated with her was on Instagram when she commented on my blue hair. I knew she would have loved it and I wanted to show her in person.

I didn’t really show this in the comics, but she had a very close relationship with Keren as well. Keren is really close to all her nieces, and this hit her very hard.

My heart is extremely heavy for her husband, and to her family who is deeply grieved by this. I have a lot of beautiful people in my life and Joanna was at the top of that: she cared so much for so many people. It was always a joy when she came and visited us and I loved her so much.

↓ Transcript
Panel 1 -
Errol: This is a difficult comic for me to write. Last Sunday, my niece, Joanna, passed away.

Panel 2 -
Errol: She was the niece I spent the most time with. You may have seen her in my comics. We did so many cool things together.

Flashback comic to December 15, 2016 - Comic #700
Joanna: Wednesday the girls wanted to play video games. Later that night we played a board game. And tonight, we're going to an escape room.

Panel 3 -
Last year, I had the honour to go to her wedding. Her husband, Zac, described Keren and I as the embodiment of Joanna. She was like my wife: a nurse, kind, and compassionate. She was also a little bit weird, like me.

Panel 4 - Errol is hugging Joanna.
Errol: I love you, Joanna. And I was so proud to be your uncle.


13 comments

  1. It’s hard to read this comic. Thoughts, hugs and prayers to all of you, especially to Joanna’s husband and her parents.

  2. What a beautiful tribute to your niece… thank you for sharing this painful moment with us and showing us what she meant to you. Keeping you and Keren and the girls, as well as for her husband and her family in my prayers.

  3. My heart goes out to you, Keren, Zac, and all who love her. Your comic is generally a bit of lighthearted, madcap mayhem, which makes this one all the more heartbreaking. I’m very glad she got to see your blue hair! May her memory be a blessing.

  4. Oh man, this one hits hard.

    Joanna was a good soul, we didn’t know her long but we could see it… She will be missed

    Hope you guys are doing ok.

  5. I felt my throat tightening just reading this. I didn’t even know much about her because I never met her, but I get depressed when pretty much anyone dies. I’ll pray for your family Errol.

  6. Oh no. I’m so sorry — and shocked and saddened — to hear about Joanna, Errol. I only met her twice and I remember her as beautiful, incredibly smart, and big hearted. Much love to you, the family, and all her loved ones.

  7. Very sorry to hear about your niece. You’re right, she is probably quite happy you would put her in the comic again. Even though this pain will never pass, the joy and laughter you shared will always be a part of you too so don’t forget those things. {{{{hugs}}}} for you and your family at this difficult time.

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