It’s moments like this I’m glad I’m a cartoonist. There’s no way I could really express in words the profound effect “Star Trek” and, more specifically, Mr. Spock, had on me when I was a kid.
So hopefully my cartoon explains why the emotion I felt hunched over my drafting table this afternoon when I found out longtime Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy passed away wasn't sadness, it was gratitude.
More than being sad about an actor that embodied a character that left an imprint on my childhood, I have to say I’m thankful that Nimoy was blessed with a long life and a large footprint that allowed him to stoke the imagination of countless people all over the world.
Star Trek was more than a TV show for me, it was a vehicle that propelled my young imagination, and Mr. Spock was the largest part of that equation - a half-alien, half-human whose views and motivations were dictated by science, imperial evidence and, most importantly, logic.
Nimoy knew for some time the end was near, and has essentially been saying goodbye to his countless fans for months. His final tweet, sent on Monday, was fittingly poignant:
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015
Here's a small roundup of the mounting tribues on Twitter:
"I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love." -William Shatner http://t.co/U8ZN98tVYp
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 27, 2015
— NASA (@NASA) February 27, 2015
Rest in peace with the stars, my dear friend. pic.twitter.com/D2dVG6I9Xi
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 27, 2015
It is with sadness that I heard of Leonard Nimoy's death. I was lucky to spend many happy, inspiring hours with him. He won't be forgotten.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy was more than Mr. Spock. But Mr. Spock is his gift to us all. Live long and prosper. HANX.
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 27, 2015
I just saw that Leonard Nimoy has passed on. We didn't know each other well, but I'm glad I spent the time with him I did. A wonderful man.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) February 27, 2015
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) February 27, 2015
Woke up to the awful news that Leonard Nimoy passed. RIP to a true gentleman. Not many of those left in our Biz.
— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) February 27, 2015
RIP Leonard Nimoy pic.twitter.com/uIcnvI8wNN
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 27, 2015
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) February 27, 2015