Monday, February 10, 2014

Remembering a friend...

My friend, Bryan Gibson, passed away this morning.  I don't mourn for him because I know he is out of pain and will now be able to do his creations without limitations placed on his human body.

In thinking back over the years that I have known Bryan, or BG as I usually called him by, I smiled and remembered our conversations.  I swear that he gave me some grey hairs but I wouldn't trade them for anything.  BG was a very talented individual and I enjoyed his artwork.  I thought I'd post some here.

When I first started gaming, BG was one of the people who opened up my eyes to a whole new set of friends.  I'm still friends with those people and they showed me that even though I haven't met most of them, they are some of the best people I can call friends.  With that experience I got the courage to step out of my comfort zone and become friends with a group of quilters and the rest, as they say, is history.

Siofra, my first character that he drew for me

Gudrun of the Greening


This one is probably my all time favorite.

I hope you have enjoyed remembering my friend with me.

Being half Norwegian, I would be amiss if I did not send BG off with the Viking Prayer.

“Lo, there do I see my father.
Lo, there do I see my mother,
and my sisters, and my brothers.

Lo, there do I see the line of my people,
Back to the beginning!

Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place among them,
In the halls of Valhalla!
Where the brave may live forever!”

― The Viking Prayer.

Going to Valhalla was reserved for the most valiant of warriors who had fought well.  Over the past week BG fought bravely and strongly and deserves to be in Valhalla where he can show off his drinking horns that he made and tell tales to all who would listen.


*See you in Valhalla.  Save me a seat in the mead hall. 

Of course my syntex with the runes might not be totally correct but then BG knows I'm not a total perfectionist and it will be close enough.  Besides it would him something to shake his head over.


Anonymous said...

What an awesome tribute to your dear friend, I can see him smiling :) and what an awesome artist!! I have enjoyed seeing your friend through your eyes. Thank you Bonni
Heather Chaulk <3 [[[hugs]]

Sue Cottle said...

Only shaking his head? More likely to give you an earful, I think. I only played a couple of games with him, but boy they are memorable.

His art is great, isn't it. I've seen some of his Traveller stuff, and it's brilliant.

I do wonder how much difference it would have made if he'd got medical help sooner, and actually rested, considering how 'dodgy' his body was.

Rest in peace, BG, and, as ever, virtual hugs.


John Gardner said...

Brian was a great inspiration to my daughter. Art is great, but even greater when you can share that passion with a younger generation. I know Emilie already misses his mentoring.

With great sadness in the Gardner household,

helvorn said...

This is a wonderful tribute to our mutual friend Bonni, thank you!

Bryan was a tremendously vital, imaginative and loyal friend. He moved me deeply with the creations of his art and gaming worlds as well as the depth of his knowledge, insight and humanity. The world is a better place for his brief time upon the stage. I am honored to have had Bryan in my life.

I know that he is in a better place across the river. My prayers are both to Bryan and all that he left behind.