The Twitter accounts for writer Roz Gibson, Dogpatch Press editor David Popovich and Otaku USA magazine have reported that writer Fred Patten passed away on November 12, 2018. He was found unresponsive on the morning of November 1, 2018 and never regained consciousness. Patten was 77 years old at the time of his passing.
He was a prolific writer, essayist, and critic who contributed for over five decades to numerous publications centered around science fiction, fantasy, anime, manga, and the furry fandom, including Newtype USA and Animation World Magazine. He was a founding member of the original Los Angeles-based Cartoon/Fantasy Organization (C/FO), one of the first fan clubs for anime in the United States.
Patten was also one of the first employees of Streamline Pictures, and worked at the company from 1991 to 2002 as a story and script editor on such titles as Dirty Pair: Project Eden, Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Wicked City, Barefoot Gen, 8 Man After, and Casshan.
He published the Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 Years of Essays and Reviews book, which collects much of his writing about anime and manga, in 2004. He had suffered a stroke in March 2005, but continued to contribute to fandom up until this year. Among his honors were Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Award in 1980 and the 64th World Science Fiction Convention’s Special Committee Award in 2006.