Eulogy for Toren Smith

For those who didnt make his funeral or wanted to hear it, here is my eulogy for myt great friend Toren Smith who I will miss for the rest of my days.

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About James Hudnall

Writer James Hudnall has been producing comics and graphic novels since 1986. His internet career as a web developer started in 1999. James has also worked as a lecturer, writing teacher, salesman and is a US Air Force Veteran.
  • Austin Liew

    Thank you so much for sharing this. He was a name I only knew from the anime Gunbuster for so long, and it has really been enlightening to read what everyone has to say about him and his great accomplishments over the past few week or so. I have no doubt that my interest in Japanese cartoons and comics would not exist today if not for his efforts.

    • http://thehud.com/ James Hudnall

      He influenced a lot of people. I am proud to have been his friend.

  • GC001

    James,

    I could not contact you through the contact tab. For whatever reasons, it’s not working on my PC. I have the latest version of Firefox running on Windows XP.

    Here’s what I wanted to e-mail to you… =>

    I hope you don’t take this the wrong way…

    I don’t mean to trivialize Toren’s death but I saw a news item recently that made me think about both the fragility of death and how a legacy can follow you a century or more later =>

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/meeting_violin_end_r0pTqHYvi77Ro1Qjw3iYzM

    “Nearer My God to Thee” indeed…

    I never met Toren face-to-face but did talk to him through your blog a number of times over the years. I was a fan of his work on Oh My Goddess! and was very familiar with that series from the time the original OVA’s got released in the US (mid-1990s as I recall) and did appreciate his work.

    His work is going to stand on its own for a very long time and his place in the cultural exchanges is not going to be forgotten. That and his personal insistence on the integrity of his work are much appreciated.

    – George A Cepeda

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559806363 Gina Ferri

    James – Toren was my cousin. I and his other cousins appreciate your words, include your earliest tribute which appeared so quickly after his death. Speaking for myself and my sisters, eeing Toren through the eyes of his friends and co-workers and admirers has been of some comfort to us. His sister, my other cousin, has asked me to try to collect some of the web tributes for her parents. If you would consider sending me your eulogy in an electronic document (assuming you wrote it out) which I can print for my aunt and uncle, please respond so I can send you my email address.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559806363 Gina Ferri

    James – Toren was my cousin. I and his other cousins appreciate your words, include your earliest tribute which appeared so quickly after his death. Speaking for myself and my sisters, eeing Toren through the eyes of his friends and co-workers and admirers has been of some comfort to us. His sister, my other cousin, has asked me to try to collect some of the web tributes for her parents. If you would consider sending me your eulogy in an electronic document (assuming you wrote it out) which I can print for my aunt and uncle, please respond so I can send you my email address.

  • bourque801

    Hello Mr Hudnall….Thank You for posting this wonderful eulogy for Toren Smith, I remember his name because I will always be grateful to him for his work on the Ah! My Goddess manga series,(Hereafter AMG)….I’m typing this on March 21, 2014, I know that Mr Toren Smith passed away a year ago, and my comments may come a year late BUT….I was Inspired to post here because word Just came a couple of days ago that Kosuke Fujishima Is wrapping up the aforementioned AMG manga series.

    https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-03-19/ah-my-goddess/aa-megami-sama-manga-to-end-in-april

    When I first heard about the AMG series ending, I had to search around the internet, and when I was looking through some of the AMG series fan forums, I came across a post that said, “I wish Toren Smith had been alive to see the AMG series reach It’s conclusion.” when I read that I remembered his name on the AMG manga that I purchased & I realized that I, and a lot of AMG manga supporters owe Mr Toren Smith a big Thank You for getting AMG started In North America….

    I was able to find your blog and listen to your eulogy and I found out more about Toren’s great work popularizing manga In North America, not only AMG, but many other manga too.

    In Closing, I would like to salute Toren Smith for his wonderful work and life & you Mr Hudnall for your remembrances of him, Thank You Again.

    “Smiles”