John Patrick Morgan, author and illustrator of the Fission Chicken web comic, died December 30. He was 53. The published obituary did not state the cause of death, though John had written online during the preceding months about having heart bypass surgery and suffering from adult-onset diabetes. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, John worked as a freelance artist and cartoonist for magazines and newspapers.
Taral Wayne took this photo of John at Anthrocon in 1999.