"Take your shot, kid."

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This week, we lost a great man and leader in our family. Sal Gullo passed away at the age of 84, and a void was left that is too large for us ever to hope to fill.

He was, among many, many other things, a man of love, compassion and influence. He left no life he encountered untouched, the life of my dear husband— his grandson— James, more than most.

James had a better relationship with his grandfather than most people ever know with their own parents. All the things that were beautiful in Grandpa manifest themselves in James: his compassion, his humor, his willingness to love unconditionally and lend a shoulder, a hand or an ear without expectation or judgment. James is the kind of man you count yourself lucky to know. He got that from Grandpa Gullo. 

For this reason, friends, colleagues and others touched by James also feel the loss of Grandpa Gullo. This Tumblr is an homage to the family legacy that a humble barber’s son handed down to his oldest grandchild. A huge, warm, resounding THANK YOU to the artists and comic professionals who contributed images to this project. It doesn’t begin to express my gratitude (there will be cookies at NYCC for that) but it’s a start. 

 Last but certainly not least, I want to pass on the lesson Grandpa always left us with at every holiday, birthday, phone conversation or idle chat: “Don’t ever be afraid to take your shot, kid.” They’re words to live by… and take me at my word when I tell you that Grandpa Gullo was a man who knew how to live. 

-Mallory