Ralph Bakshi will not be Artist Guest of Honor at Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon in Montreal, according to the committee’s announcement dated March 2.
Due to health reasons, Ralph Bakshi will not be able to take part in Anticipation this summer. We were all looking forward to seeing him and are all disappointed by this turn of events, and hope things will get better for Mr. Bakshi soon.
Bakshi’s name has been removed from Anticipation’s slate of guests altogether, which invites curiosity about the circumstances preventing the con from honoring him in absentia. He is, of course, still alive, while even past Worldcons deprived of GoHs by death celebrated them posthumously, as L.A.con III did with Elsie Wollheim, and L.A.con IV with Howard Devore and Frankie Thomas.