This news literally hit me out of nowhere…I had no idea he was even sick. However, according to Ron Marz’s Twitter feed, Clement Sauve, the gifted artist behind the revamped character designs for G.I. Joe: Renegades passed away last night at the way too young age of 33.
He had apparently been battling cancer and last night lost his fight.
Whatever issues any of the fans had for the character revitalizations in G.I. Joe: Renegades, I hope we all take a few moments today to remember a gifted artist, and to consider what a great impact he had on our favorite property. Not just with G.I. Joe: Renegades, but his work with Devils’ Due as well.
Hopefully for a moment we can all recognize and remember that there are human beings involved with every facet of this hobby that we know and love, and those human beings have the same hopes, dreams, and fears that we all do, and deserve the same level of respect that we would expect ourselves.
Rest in Peace, Clem. Thanks for playing your part in our lives, and hopefully in the next generation as well.
Many folks have been complaining about the look of Cobra Commander in the new G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series, and I can certainly understand why. With that bizarre Phantom of the Opera half-mask thing going on, it’s a little confusing to tell exactly what attaches to what or why he’s wearing it.
At this point, my guess is that he’s got some sort of disfigurement, but who knows for sure?
However, thanks to Clem over on HissTank.com (who just happens to be Clement Sauve, the main designer for G.I. Joe: Renegades) we now know that Cobra Commander WILL wear a more armored “battle helmet” of sorts during the animated series. The exact quote is as follows:
“There is indeed 2 masks, more precisely the one you’ve seen on the show and the helmet shown in the image from the game that everyone’s been posting.”
So, indeed, there is something to look forward to. For folks wondering what mask he’s talking about, this would be it:
While we have no confirmation as of yet for the rumored November 26th air date, G.I. Joe: Renegades artist Clement Sauve has updated his DeviantArt page with a very cool piece of Snake Eyes art, seeming to indicate that Renegades is indeed “coming soon”.
A big thanks as always to fellow Renegades enthusiast kennywr22 from HissTank.com for digging this up!
I know the quality of the art is subjective, but I’m still digging it, and I like that they’ve used an artist with some connection to the G.I. Joe mythology. Clem’s work on the Dreadnoks DeClassified TPB cover and the covers to the America’s Elite “Sins of the Mother” arc with The Baroness are all pretty cool as well. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for November 26th…looking forward to it.