This post has been a long time coming, but – as you may have noticed with the site in general as of late – it has taken awhile to get anything posted. I’m not really sure how to start this other than to say it is with great regret that I report the death of one of this site’s co-founders, Dan Braun, who died Oct. 3 at the age of 35.

Dan was the second writer to take up with me when I started a video games feature for AMP Magazine, and when we shifted to Pads & Panels, he was one of four who helped found the site. Because of other obligations, he did not stay active in the site in the last year or two, but he remained a good friend to many of us. We will miss him dearly.

For those more interested in who Dan was, what he did outside of this site and why he meant so much to so many people, my former newspaper employer, The Reporter, wrote a very nice story about him. You can read that here. I also had the opportunity to share my thoughts on him in the same publication. You can read that column here.

And because I’m not really sure what else to do, I’ve decided to repost the bio on Dan that used to run on our about page when he was actively involved in the site.

Dan Braun
Dan was born and raised on console games and has dedicated much of his existence to beating every game he can afford to own. In his spare time, he works as a librarian, English teacher and performer, and generally fakes his way through life as an upstanding pillar of the community.  He currently lives in Chicago with his wife, mistresses and blue blanket.


Gaming Interests: 2D sidescrollers, shooters, RPGs

Favorites: Chrono Trigger, Castlevania (series), Mechassault (Xbox)

Comic Interests: Anything I have time for.

Favorites: Preacher, Watchmen, Death Note, Spider-man