Alas, I must announce the passing of journalist and author Robert Mayer, best known in comics circles as the writer of the influential superhero novel Superfolks, but, as the family-provided obituary below notes, he did so much more than that.
As publisher of About Comics, I had the honor and pleasure of working with Bob for over 15 years, going back to our bringing Superfolks back into print in 2003, and following that with publication of his new work. We have published his six most recent novels and his memoire Monkey Brain, and have his final novel going through editorial process now. Bob was a great mix of hopeful, realistic, cynical, constantly creative, funny, and ever smart.
If you want to honor him, the obituary has his charity wishes. You can also read Superfolks (available now from St. Martin's Press), his influential true crime volume The Dreams of Ada (Broadway Books), or his moving fictional take on the founding of the Rothschild empire, The Origin of Sorrow (About Comics.)
Bob did good things. May he be long remembered.
Robert (Bob) Mayer, 80
February 24, 1939 - July 23, 2019
Robert was born to Max and Anne Mayer in the Bronx, N.Y. on February 24,1939. As a young man he attended the City College of NY, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he was awarded a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. After a brief stint at the Washington Post, he joined the staff of Newsday, where he spent ten years, six as a reporter and four as the paper’s New York City columnist.
In 1968 he won the National Headliner Award as the best feature columnist in the country. In 1969 he won the Mike Berger Award for the year’s best writing about New York City. In 1971 he received the Mike Berger Award again, becoming the first person to win it twice.
Bob then moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to write books. He is the author of sixteen books -- thirteen novels and three works of non-fiction. Between writing books he served six years as managing editor and then editor of The Santa Fe Reporter, an alternative weekly. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Newsweek, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Metropolitan Home, Southwest Art, Rocky Mountain Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, the Santa Fean and numerous other publications.
In his later years Bob became a writing teacher, teaching workshops at his studio in Santa Fe NM. Several of his students have become published authors as a result of his workshops. Besides being a brilliant writer, he was a wonderful husband, father, friend and mentor.
Bob died peacefully at home on July 23rd, 2019 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, LaDonna Mayer, his daughter Amara Nash and her husband Slade, and his brother Saul Mayer, nieces Laura Mayer, Debra Mayer and nephew Andrew Mayer. He was dearly loved and will be dearly missed.
A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at the CCA's Tank Garage Gallery (Center for Contemporary Arts) on August 11, 2019 from 2-4 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Doctors Without Borders (his favorite charity) or the Parkinson’s Foundation.
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