Sad to confirm the death of Steve, my big brother and my hero. He passed away in the city he loved (NYC). He will be sorely missed. Cheers x— glyn dillon (@glyn_dillon) October 22, 2016The death is devastating to the comics industry, where Dillon worked from the age of 16 for Marvel UK. He also helped to create the British comics magazine Deadline, which was published for seven years and is known for featuring the work of now well-known comics artists, including Jamie Hewlett and Tank Girl.He’s drawn stories across all the major labels, including Marvel and DC, and is known for working on titles that emphasized story, characters, and humor in an age where comics were known for large muscles and chaotic blood splatter. His art style is expressive and simple, allowing the reader to focus on all the details and the story. That isn’t to say he didn’t draw action, but his work tended to highlight character features rather than guns and pouches. This is most apparent in his most famous work, Preacher.Dillon teamed up with Ennis in 1992 for Hellblazer, a John Constantine comic, and then later for Preacher, which the two spearheaded. The series ended in 2000, but was recently adapted into a TV show for AMC. Dillon worked as a co-executive producer for the series.“Steve Dillon was an enormously talented illustrator who, with Garth Ennis, created a cult classic comic we were so proud to bring to television with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin and our partners at Sony. He will be missed,” AMC said in a statement. For Steve Dillon pic.twitter.com/yO4WXI5jJG— Liam Sharp (@LiamRSharp) October 22, 2016 A tribute to @stevedillon20 by the talented @EmmaMunger. #Punisher #Preacher #Dredd #Hellblazer #Castle #Custer pic.twitter.com/9BkgiwymUz— Preacher on AMC (@preacher_on_amc) October 23, 2016 Sad to hear about the death of Steve Dillon. Artist and co-creator of ‘Preacher’. His work was fantastic and made a big impact on me.— Dallon Weekes (@DallonWeekes) October 22, 2016 I’m at Mondo Con today but my thoughts are on @stevedillon20. RIP. It was an honor to work with such a legend. Lost for words right now.— becky cloOoOOonan (@beckycloonan) October 22, 2016The outpouring of love and support on social media in response to the news highlights what Dillon’s work meant to decades of comics fans and artists. To others in the industry, Dillon was an inspiration and a model for how to tell stories. His work showed that the art of a comic isn’t just a medium for the writer to go all out, but a way to add more depth. It was just as important to the quality of a comic. There was room to be creative and express yourself as an artist.Ennis wrote a tribute to his friend, saying in part that they shared similar views on how to write and improve comics.“Steve was best man at my wedding and my good and dear friend. I think he probably taught me more about what that word means than anyone else,” he wrote. He will be missed. https://t.co/3GKATDuOOi— PREACHER (@PreacherAMC) October 22, 2016Dillon has also contributed work to runs of Judge Dredd and The Punisher. Most recently, he was working on a run for Frank Castle with Becky Cloonan. My old friend Steve Dillon has died. He was like my industry big brother. Pragmatic to the core, casually cool, and effortlessly brilliant.— Liam Sharp (@LiamRSharp) October 22, 2016 News broke over the weekend that comic book artist Steve Dillon, who is most known for co-creating the series Preacher for Vertigo and reinventing the Punisher for Marvel in the 1990s, died at the age of 54The death was announced on Twitter by Dillon’s brother, Glyn Dillon. Preacher collaborator and friend Garth Ennis said the cause of death was a ruptured appendix, which wasn’t treated because Dillon first thought it was food poisoning.