I am not a regular subscriber to DRAGON Magazine, but I try to read it as much as possible. However, in the past two issues, I have missed “Wormy.” Was there some announcement, or has the strip been cancelled?
We regret to announce that “Wormy” will no longer appear in DRAGON Magazine. We are looking into the possibility of adding another graphic series in the future. (Dragon 136, pg. 3)
“. . . I don't remember how Tramp and I hooked up. I "think" it may have been at GenCon at Parkside. I do know that of the four . . . [artists] you mentioned, Tramp and I were by far the closest friends; it was as though we had always been friends forever. I don't even remember if someone introduced us, if he walked up cold, whatever. It was instant recognition... He spent many an hour with me in my basement playing games. playing miniatures on my sand-table (mostly WWII micro-armor, which we both LOVED, fooling with TITAN, partying together and racing slotless HO racecars for hours on end. My wife really liked Dave and thought he was one of the more "normal" seeming of all my gaming and industry friends. I loved Wormy from the very first time I saw it; giving Dave a place to publish Wormy I rank as one of the finest things I did with the magazine . . . The two pieces of original Tramp art that I have are perhaps my two most treasured keepsakes from that period; one is the Holiday back cover, the other is the only wraparound cover I ever published. I can't begin to tell you of my sadness and dismay for Tramp's present circumstances and apparent state of mind . . .
What happened is one of the more bizarre mysteries in our hobby's past.
After I left TSR, Tramp was the one person I kept in touch with. Like I said, I felt we became great friends.
After I started ADVENTURE GAMING Magazine, he did a couple pieces of art for me, and I did a cover story article on TITAN that he added and published some advanced rules in. We had a project in work right at the very end, then he simply stopped writing and answering my letters . . .” (Tim Kask, Tim Kask Q&A Thread)
. . . [Phil] had noticed when Wormy stopped running, and called Kim Mohan to ask what happened. Kim, then editor, told Phil that payments for the strip were returned unopened. "When an artist's checks are returned uncashed, he is presumed dead," Phil drily stated . . . (Trampier’s Wormy Bootwebbed).
|David A. Trampier, making that Taxi look good.|
". . . I managed to track Trampier down and got in contact with him. At the time I was collecting original fantasy art and I really wanted to buy some original Wormy pages from him. The good news is that he wasn't selling any because he still is attached to them and still has the dream of publishing them all someday . . .
Trampier confirmed to me that he had had a falling out with Mohan and company at TSR, and was surprised to learn the company had been purchased by Wizards of the Coast. He was entirely unaware of the interest expressed in his work on the internet, as he didn't have a computer or an internet connection at the time. He was happy to hear that the interest was there . . .
Things sadly went downhill from there. Without getting into it too much, Trampier withdrew, and stopped responding to my letters and inquiries into work that he had previously stated he was willing to sell . . . From my experience I do believe speculation that Trampier has some personal issues is likely true. I also want to stress that Trampier was never anything but polite to me when we did talk . . .” (Where’s Wormy).
“. . . that article . . . [Coffee, cigarettes and speed bumps: A night with a Carbondale cabby by Arin Thompson] was how I tracked him down several years ago by phone (Jolly would later confirm that he did this in 2003 -- Charlie). Was nice enough but it was clear pursuing the matter (regarding art/Wormy) wasn’t going to be fruitful. When I talked to him he was a bit annoyed anyway. Apparently that newspaper article sparked four or five others in the industry to track him down as well . . .
Last I heard he was no longer driving a cab by the way. But that was a few years ago . . .” (Jolly Blackburn comments on Photos from Frank Mentzer's post in David A. Trampier Fan Club, 2013)