Written by James Simon
Last week Geekosity Founder and Editor-In-Chief Mikey Sutton passed away.
Mikey’s family released an official statement:
Hello everyone. This is Mikey’s nephew with some really devastating news.
With extreme sadness, the Sutton family announces the passing of our dear Mike Sutton.
Mike collapsed around midnight on Thursday, August 24th. His mother called 911 and the ambulance promptly brought him to the hospital where doctors determined he suffered a major hemorrhagic stroke, almost five years since he survived his last stroke. Unfortunately, the damage to his brain was extensive and today, Saturday, August 26th, he was taken off of life support surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his mother, Cora; his sisters Beth, Jane, & Cathy; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.
Many have reached out and asked how they can help during this time. Your support is greatly valued, whether it’s through contributions or simply sharing the page with those who might wish to help: https://gofund.me/44a4a59d
All received funds will contribute towards covering expenses related to Mikey’s passing.
The outpouring love you’ve extended to Mikey is truly overwhelming, and we want to express our heartfelt gratitude for your incredible support. Thank you immensely.
Taos-pusong po kaming nagpapasalamat sa inyong pakikiramay
We’re devastated here at Geekosity. I should have written this long before now but I just couldn’t. What would Mikey want me to write? Would he want a subtle, professional obituary article? Or would he want a grandiose, snarky article about his achievements and accolades? (I’d bet money on that last one haha.)
All I can say is Mikey meant the world to me. When I built Geekosity for him – when he asked me to run Geekosity for him right after we launched – it was a special time because we were both starting a new stage of our careers.
Moreover, I understood Mikey and Mikey’s vision (that Moreover was for you, man.) And being the guy behind the guy, I tried hard as hell to keep Mikey on track. But for anyone that knew Mikey – they knew his imagination, drive and tenacity. As we grew as friends I realized “keeping him on track” was detrimental to his creative process.
We would always joke about how I would “nudge” him with suggestions and in the end he would eventually listen to me. But as I write this I think, that now, he was the one who was patient. Patiently waiting for me to understand that fire in his belly.
And that fire will go unrivaled.
You will be missed my friend.
Mikey Sutton is a two-time winner of the Washington Press Association Awards and a professional journalist since 1987. Sutton made his print debut in the legendary GMA Record Guide in 1987 in the Philippines’ MovieFLASH magazine.
His U.S. debut arrived in Amazing Heroes in 1990, reviewing comics from rising stars such as Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison. He quickly escalated in the writing field, eventually working for magazines such as Cinefantastique, Tower Records’ Pulse!, and Fantazia, for whom he had the first review of Terminator 2: Judgment Day in the U.K. As the Internet exploded, Sutton was hired by the All-Music Guide in 2001 and wrote more than 500 articles for them in a five-year span.
Sutton’s reviews have been in published in two books, the All-Music Guide to Rock, Vol. 5 in 2002 and Scouse Pop in 2018. Half-Filipino, Sutton has stayed close to his roots. In 2002, Sutton became the first A&R rep to sign a Manila-based rock band, the Pin-Up Girls, to a U.S. record label and then co-releasing their second full-length album, All Seats Are Taken, with Sony Music.
Three years later, he resurrected the beloved Philippine-based New Wave radio station WXB 102 as an online channel with the original DJs broadcasting live. Sutton is generally considered among the most well-known movie scoopers.
His accurate reports have included both Sony-Marvel Studios deals for Spider-Man, the second of which shot him to global prominence; Black Panther and Spider-Man in Civil War; Benedict Cumberbatch and Brie Larson in the MCU; the Fox-Disney deal; and the Snyder Cut on HBO Max. Sutton has been written about in Rolling Stone; NME; the Daily Mail; Yahoo! News; and CBR. His leaks have been regularly featured on various YouTube channels with millions of subscribers.