I received some sad news my friends, I have learned that the creator of Happily Ever Art has passed. Karen Michael Crawford was a mainstay at many of the conventions I attended, a lively wonderful amazing woman under a huge Pith Hat who encouraged me to keep pushing my stories and spread the joy of art, and whimsy. I still remember the last time we talked about teaming up to get a Tent at the Baltimore Book Festival to run a collective Childrens book/comic booth. She really is one of the reasons I kept pushing my all-ages stories of whimsy and wonder… Why I kept exploring the Tristan’s world… She will. be.. No… We will all miss her… My deepest condolences to her family.
On September 13, 2013, K Michael Crawford, 54, lost her 9-year battle with cancer. She passed away at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia, MD. She was born in Lancaster, PA on August 23, 1959, but lived most of her life in Fulton, MD.
Karen made a living doing what she loved; creating, drawing and publishing children’s books. She also taught art in her spare time. She was always a kid at heart (12 years old, she always said) and lived a life of magic and adventure. A small memorial service will be held for the family and close friends. Karen’s last wishes were, “I do not want anyone to celebrate the loss of my life, but instead I want everyone to celebrate the life that I had, which means have fun, be silly and send me on a great adventure in my honor.”
Memorial donations may be made to the Save the Children U.S. Foundation, 54 Wilton Rd. Westport, CT 06880.
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