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R.I.P. Alan Coil

I was shocked to learn that Lewis “Alan” Coil, a longtime commenter here at Comics Should Be Good (well over 700 comments over the years) passed away on April 30, 2010 of a heart attack.

Alan was 55 years old.

Our condolences to his family and friends.


Brother Justin Crowe

May 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm

JESUS. What the hell?

RIP, mate. Rest well.

Oh, that’s terrible. He was a valued member of our comment gallery, and, I’m sure, a lovely person.

Rest in peace Mr. Coil…we may have not always seen eye to eye on certain subjects but it was always a pleasure to debate comics and fantasy with you. I always got something new with each debate. Best Wishes to his family and friends…

Rest In Peace Alan. You’ll be missed.

I guess it’s verified. Damn it. I’d heard something about it yesterday but no one seemed to be sure, what with the internet being what it is. That’s a damn shame.

What Bill said. We do notice the regulars, and appreciate the nice ones, which Alan certainly was. I hope his family and friends see these various little eulogies popping up around the comics net.

Man, that’s just crazy. My condolences

Wow. How sad. My sincere condolences to all that knew him.

It kind of seemed like the thread didn’t count until I saw Alan’s name in the comments.

That is just horrible news. My condolences to his friends and family…

please…if you guys can, post a photo of him for the people who have not had the pleasure of meeting him.

Rest in peace.

You will be missed

Terrible news. My condolences to his family.

Dave Hackett

May 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Terrible news, I enjoyed his insight.

Condolences to his family.

R.I.P, you eloquent nut.

This is shocking and strangely odd for me.

Alan busted me pretty good one time
Alan Coil
February 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm
brianobx couldn’t spell box if you spotted him the B and the O.
I even gave him a shout out in a youtube video of mine based on that comment just last week.

I wish the best for his friends and family.


May 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm


Rest In Peace, Alan… it was good knowing you.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

May 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm

My condolences to his family and friends; his wit and insight were a great contribution to this and other online communities.

Condolences to his family and friends. That really sucks.

I heard about this yesterday on Peter David’s blog, but it was uncomfirmed at the time.
I feel really bad because I couldn’t remember who Alan Coil was, although I knew I’d seen the name before. I know I must’ve seen his comments here plenty of times, but I can’t remember what he said. It’s sad really, that I still don’t have most of the people here straight.
If any of his friends or family are reading this, please don’t take this as an insult. I know this is a horribly difficult time for you. It’s always traumatic to lose somebody close to you.


May 3, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Rest in peace Alan.

An occasion like this is always a sad reminder for me that the commenters who post here are real people with family and friends who love them dearly. Please forgive the obvioussnes of that statement, but I don’t really have a better way of putting it.

55… just too damn young. My thoughts and prayers go out this his family and friends.

my condolence to his family and friends. over their loss for this goes to show that even though one may a ghost on line in real life they are like Alan are still human and are loved and now sadly for his family and those who knew him a void that will never be filled.

Very sad and my heart goes out to his family.

A lot of times I’m pressed for time when reading comments, so I scroll down quickly and only read comments left from names I recognize. His was a name I always stopped for to read his thoughts. His presence in our funny little online comics community will be missed.

Very sorry to hear this. My condolences to his friends and family.


May 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Rest in peace

Yes, 55 is way too young. Condolences to his family and friends…

Aw man, that’s sad. Comics boards everywhere — this one included — will be a little bit less interesting from now on.


Rest In Peace, Mr Coil.

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Mike Loughlin

May 4, 2010 at 9:25 am

I’m very sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his friends and family.

Very sad news.

Very Sorry to hear this news. All the best to his family as they go through this enormously difficult period.

Here ya go Brian from my blog at afronerd….I wanted to say more but I didn’t have words except:

“Kind of melancholy weekend for me…celebrated my birthday on Friday but lost a valued debate opponent in Alan Coil from the CBR comments sections. Alan always argued his points with an intelligent style and class that you could not to help but to gain a new knowledge about comics and fantasy. Thank you Alan, I hope to one day have 1/5th of the knowledge you had.”

I hope that was representative enough for Mr. Coil because he didn’t do any of this for recognition, he truly loved the art form.

Well, I only knew him from his comments here, but based on those he was clever, civil, insightful, and knowledgeable.

I’m sure he was great in other areas of his life too. My condolences to his family.

After using Google search it is amazing to see how much impact Alan had across the comic book internet community.


I remember enjoying quite a few of his insightful postings.

55 years old. That’s not old at all.

My sincerest condolences to his friends and family. The comics community here will all miss him too.

Alan was amongst my best friends. Thanks for posting this.

Hi Everyone,
Just want to say Thank You for all of the comments about my brother. It has given us comfort to know he had so many friends.

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