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Bob Wakelin passes away
« on: 09:53, 21 January 18 »
Sad news in the 8-bit community famed artist Bob Wakelin (Ocean Software) passed away suddenly after a  a long and hard fight against leukemia. My condolences, thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Bob's artwork made my CPC and 8bit youth amazing - R.I.P.


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Re: Bob Wakelin passes away
« Reply #1 on: 11:00, 21 January 18 »
Ah damn... that Vindicator cover used to adorn my desk for a few years... RIP.

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Re: Bob Wakelin passes away
« Reply #2 on: 12:43, 21 January 18 »
He produced some fantastic art work, some classics there.

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Re: Bob Wakelin passes away
« Reply #3 on: 12:53, 21 January 18 »
Ah damn... that Vindicator cover used to adorn my desk for a few years... RIP.

That is eerie! Myself and Xyphoe were only talking about him last night on his live stream because of the Op Wolf shirt he was wearing which featured Wakelin's art.

Sad times.  :(
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Re: Bob Wakelin passes away
« Reply #4 on: 13:08, 21 January 18 »
Copying and pasting this from my personal FB page, to sum up exactly what a lot of us are thinking right now.

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Anyone that knows me, will understand how much of a video game geek I have been since the mid 80s. Like music lovers, the presentation can mean as much (if not more) than the product. Album art for music, Box art for video games.
 
Sadly we've lost a legend in Bob Wakelin. This man produced so much cover art for games on the 8bit scene during the 80s and 90s (amongst others). Operation Wolf, Gryzor, Renegade, Wizball, Gutz, Rainbow Islands and far too many to mention.
 
I was an arcade fiend as a teen. Once you played a game in the arcade for the first time, your initial instinct is "When am I gonna be able to get a version of that I can play without leaving the house?" When you saw Bob's art in a video game magazine and you knew the release was pending, you couldn't help but get excited. 

Even if the game turned out to be a turkey (and sometimes it did), Bob's art could still make sure it sold in it's droves. That's how good he was.
 Rest easy, Bob.
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RIP Bob Wakelin
« Reply #5 on: 14:22, 21 January 18 »
Seen this on Twitter, looks like it was overnight that Bob Wakelin who designed so many Box art covers has sadly passed away.
He will be missed not just the Amstrad community but most of the 8-Bit & 16-Bit computer formats will have had a work of his on one of their Cassette or Disk boxes.
Sad news...
« Last Edit: 14:27, 21 January 18 by Vyper68 »
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Re: RIP Bob Wakelin
« Reply #6 on: 16:26, 21 January 18 »
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Re: RIP Bob Wakelin
« Reply #7 on: 16:30, 21 January 18 »
Very sad news.

With Azpiri it was pretty clear what was is work, but with Bob Wakelin it wasn't until a couple of years ago that I realized how many amazing art covers he made! It really blew my mind.

Rest in peace :(
« Last Edit: 16:40, 21 January 18 by reidrac »
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Re: RIP Bob Wakelin
« Reply #8 on: 16:45, 21 January 18 »
Already a thread here:
http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/news-events/bob-wakelin-passes-away/msg154712/?topicseen#msg154712


@Gryzor can we get a merge?  :)

Sorry didn't see that one. It's such a shame and i feel for his family & close friends. I lost my father two years agao to the same disease it's heartbreaking.

But as @Shaun M. Neary said @Gryzor can you merge this thread.
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Re: Bob Wakelin passes away
« Reply #9 on: 17:01, 21 January 18 »
Yes it's very sad news and a tragedy for his family and i can empathise with having lost my father to the same illness two years ago.  :'(

Trying to look at the good he does leave behind a massive portfolio of iconic game artwork and that will be preserved in the digital space long after we are gone for future artists in this sector
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