R.I.P. Brian Augustyn – Creator, “Gotham by Gaslight”
This is a different type of post for us here at TG Squared Studios but, I feel compelled to share a bit of our experience with Brian Augustyn as well as give some of his story.
Thank you for stopping by and spending time with us.
We met Brian through a friend who had invited us to a new local late-night talk show to air on Youtube, Phoenix Tonight, hosted by Russ Kazmierczak. Brian was his guest on Episode 2 of the show and we happened to be there. We immediately took a liking to Brian because of his wit and also the story he told of working for DC and editing The Flash.
We introduced ourselves to Brian and his wife Nadine, after the show and gave him a card to see if he might be interested in being on the podcast. We eventually did have Brian on the show several times.
Through the years, Brian and Nadine became valued friends. Sadly, Brian left us today (02/01) from complications of a stroke he suffered. He will be sorely missed in our lives, as well as at Phoenix Fan Fusion, and the many comics gatherings in the state. He always had a kind word for everyone and encouraged comic artists and writers young and old. He also had a very quick wit that would keep you on your toes. Rest in Peace, my friend.
About Brian Augustyn
Brain Augustyn was a local Phoenix comic book editor and writer. Most Phoenicians will recognize him from Phoenix Comic Fest (formerly Phoenix Comicon) where he regularly has a booth and participates in numerous panels.
Those who are not local to Phoenix will probably know him from his work at DC Comics, most notably as the Editor of The Flash from 1989 to 1992 and then from 1992, when he brought in Mark Waid, they had an eight-year run. Brian was also the writer for the breakout graphic novel, Gotham by Gaslight (1989), which started the whole “Elseworlds” comics, where DC Comics heroes are taken out of their usual setting and put into alternate timelines or realities. He wrote a sequel in 1991 entitled Master of the Future.