Comic artist and mail carrier Ryan Richard Carriere was killed Monday night while cycling home from work to take his two young daughters out Trick-Or-Treating. Carriere was struck by a truck at the intersection of Queen & Gladstone, where 24 hours earlier he had happily been exhibiting his wares at CANZINE in the Gladstone Hotel.
An artist embarking on a larger comics career, Carriere had 2 books to his credit and a third in the planning stages. He had just received international distribution through the prestigious U.S.S. Catastrophe and Buenaventura Press websites, and had been published in the Canadian comics anthology Comics Festival this year. His work was largely informed by the natural world, particularly the nature walks with his family.
Carriere is survived by his wife, Megan Holtz, daughters Minnow and Plum Holtz-Carriere; a mother, step-father, father, step-mother, two grandparents and two sisters.
Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Funeral Home, 436 Roncesvalles Ave. (at Howard Park), from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2005. Donations in Ryan’s name may be made to Ontario Nature (The Federation of Ontario Naturalists) by phoning 416-444-8419 in Toronto or 1-800-440-2366, or visiting http://www.ontarionature.org/.
There will be a candlelight memorial for Ryan at the scene of the accident, on Monday November 7th at 7:00 p.m. There will be a group ride from the Peace Garden at Nathan Phillips Square at 6:15 p.m. that night.
A number of alternative news sources and other organizations have picked up on the accident including Eye Blog, Toronto Psychogeography, and Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists, while the mainstream press has been entirely, and suspiciously, silent. In fact, much of the coverage by alternative news sources has focussed on the fact that in the death-by-guns obsessed media the death of a husband and father of two by automobile doesn’t seem to rate.
We’d comment further, but Ryan was a friend of ours and for the moment, we’d rather celebrate his accomplishments. For examples of his work, please visit the U.S.S. Catastophe Pages for The Wonder Book of Old Men and The Illustrated History Of The World. I’ve also put up his material from the “Comics Festival” book at my other blog.
Our condolances to his family. To all of our cyclist and pedestrian friends, please be careful out there.