Dec. 10, 1947 – Feb. 2, 2013
Robert Anthony Siudzinski, of Depew, a cartoonist, draftsman and designer, died Saturday after a lengthy illness. He was 65.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School, where he played varsity basketball. He took art and design classes at the University at Buffalo.
He lived in California, St. Louis, New York City and Middlesex, N.J., before returning to the Buffalo area about 10 years ago, working as a draftsman, designer and commercial model maker.
Mr. Siudzinski helped in the installation of the Egyptian Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, designing the hidden heating and ventilating duct work. Working at Wegmans supermarkets, he created artistic signs. He also worked for Osmose, Mobil Oil, Unilevel and Cameron Cooper Corp.
He eventually attended the Kubert School in Dover, N.J., the nation’s only accredited trade school for comic artists, and taught there after graduating. He befriended the school’s founder, DC comics artist Joe Kubert, and adopted Kubert’s inking and page formats.
Mr. Siudzinski was nearly successful at getting comic strips syndicated on more than one occasion. “The Murphys,” a strip based on his family, was runner-up in a contest for comic artists sponsored by the King Features Syndicate, and he was one of the leading entrants in a cartoon contest sponsored by the Washington Post with “Say What,” created with his longtime friend Steve Truskowski of Hamburg.
Using the pen name Bob Anthony, he collaborated on a comic book, “The Four Ferreteers,” which he sold on the Internet. He marketed original T-shirt designs under the Buffalo Stampede logo and produced dozens of commercial art projects. Prior to his death, he was working on a series of graphic novellas.
A talented basketball player, noted for his quickness and ability to set up shots, he coached a summer youth league team in Buffalo that went undefeated and won the city title in the early 1970s. In California and New Jersey, he played in summer pickup games with NBA players.
As a teen, he worked as an emcee and stand-up comedian at Buffalo coffeehouses. He also was a self-taught guitar player and singer.
Survivors include a sister, Jean Stepnick.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church, formerly St. James Church, 496 Terrace Blvd., Depew.