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My friend Gerard passed away this morning. He was a phenomenal musician. He was very intuitive when it came to people. He connected with you. If he liked you he let you know. Often, he let you know by ribbing you and being grumpy. He encouraged creativity. He told me to finish my book.  He’d kick me in the ass when I was flaky. He was sensitive when my mother died, in a way many other people didn’t know how to be.  Gerard was a consumer, but not in an annoying way. He was a patron of good businesses. When you travelled through the hood with him, you knew that your journey was a curated journey. It would be good. He was handsome. He was paternal. He had very old eyes. He’d been around the block before. I’ll miss the dude a lot. My love goes out to Jessica, his lady friend,  and his son Julian. Also, the guys in the band, all his people in Brooklyn, and the rest of his family, adopted and otherwise. There’s no way to wrap it up nicely. He’ll be missed and so many people are crying tonight.

The Water Is Wide- The Beers Family

By the way, I write comics…

Dear Readers,

I’d like to introduce you to another side of the Gentlebear, the one who has created comic zines over the past ten years, and now has a collection of my best work, Bethea’s Illustrated, published by my dear friend Gerard Smith of the band TV On The Radio. Truly a renaissance man, Gerard has now delved into the world of book publishing, and over the past year has grumpily admonished me to “finish the damn book.” Well, now it’s done, and up for sale at betheasillustrated.com. This is a limited run of 300. People laugh and cry out loud when they read it, I kid you not. Please check it out.


E.A. Bethea

“The Gentlebear”