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RIP Carl Macek 1951 - 2010

The man responsible for changing the lives of many of us here at CDX Hq passed away yesterday. Carl Macek, working with Harmony Gold brought us Robotech back in the 80's. To quote Cartoon Brew...

"He worked with Harmony Gold, U.S.A. to develop the groundbreaking anime series ROBOTECH that has been credited with igniting the anime movement in the US."

He died of a heart-attack on Saturday, April 17th 2010. You can read the full news here.

RIP Mr. Macek.

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Posted 18 April, 2010 - 23:54 by collectdx


10 comments posted
He brought us Robotech,

He brought us Robotech, but... a lot of people hate him for what he did with it. I don't know what to say.

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 19 April, 2010 - 01:13
Dear Lord....

Mr. Macek.... Dear Lord... -_-,


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Posted by Rodimus78 on 19 April, 2010 - 02:46
I'm sad about it!

Before I knew what Macross was, there was Robotech.
I was introduced to Robotech when I was in Junior High School and it completely changed my world. I wanted more of everything Robotech. Where could I find it? My obsession led me to search LA for all things Macross, Southern Cross and Mospeada. I entered a new world of Japanese animation that would lead me to gems such as Akira, Area 88, Golgo 13, Fist of the North Star and countless other titles.
I would drag my mom to obscure comic book shops in LA were the staff spoke mostly Japanese and she would patiently wait for me as I searched and searched for anything related to Robotech.
I want to thank Carl Macek for showing me this new wonderful world that in the 80's was like a sub culture. Robotech changed my life for the better and I am grateful for his vision.
Thanks and you will be missed.

The Spice must flow.

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Posted by Fremen72 on 19 April, 2010 - 02:54
This is one person name that

This is one person name that DAPDX keeps bringing up. He is considered a founding pioneer for anime in america.

I would find it funny yet pretty low if someone had a VHS copy of Robotech: The Movie to put in his grave... ouch.

Well, RIP.

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Posted by ZeonicFreak on 19 April, 2010 - 09:27
Wow, a great loss. People

Wow, a great loss.

People may be divided on Carl's handling of the Macross franchise, but there is no denying that my childhood was shaped by Robotech, much to his credit. As adults, sure, we can see how core elements of Macross may have been handled differently, but as a kid, I didn't know better, and I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Thanks Carl.

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Posted by JoshB on 19 April, 2010 - 09:39
He definitely chaned mine. I

He definitely chaned mine. I remember watching Robotech before going to school an thinking this is where those little plastic toys I hae come from! Robotech definitely had a HUGE impact on me. I was more obsessed with Voltron but robotech paved the way to more anime as my curiosity expanded Into other anime like many others here

R.I.P. Carl Macek

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Posted by chachipower on 19 April, 2010 - 10:04
Meeting Carl Macek

Profound and huge lose to one of the most influential people in my life.

Robotech changed the way I viewed entertainment and most importantly the way I viewed myself and life. Not only was his impact huge in my life with Japanese culture, but that's how I started viewing and understanding foreign films as well. People tend to put him down over the years but I thought he did an excellent job bringing anime to USA when nobody really cared. His Book Robotech Art 1 opened up the world of Anime to me, especially the last chapter.

I had chance to meet Carl at the San Diego Comic Con in 1987 at the old convention center. He was sitting alone at his table lost in thought and a bit dejected. The roar of the crowd seemed to be somewhere else. But there he was. The failure of the Robotech: The Movie had just happened recently and I approached the table. One of the items he was selling was the full sized theatre sheets for Robotech: The Movie that featured a beautiful shot of Shogo on the Garland on a red background. I should have bought one as it was a cool looking poster and it was only $20.00. Nobody really knew what a failure RTM at the time. If anybody thinks Carl didn't feel the artistic failure of RTM, trust me I saw it that day.

I talked to him for a few minutes but I don't remember the conversation but he was kind enough to sign an autograph and drew the Macross logo for this 14 year old kid and I was on cloud nine! It was very important for me to meet him and I'm glad I did for that short moment.

I went to California State University in the film department which I later found out was the school and department that Carl was in when he was in college at CSUF. Carl was one of the handful of people that influenced me to produce, write and direct my own films and for that I will always be grateful for his various productions over the years especially Robotech.

In retrospect, some things Carl did was too soon and others he was too late.

a heartfelt RIP...

Leonardo Flores
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau

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Posted by Showapop on 19 April, 2010 - 10:52
Macross licensing...

I wonder how much the infamous Macross Licensing Kerfluffle affected his plans. Lots of people wonder why he put so much emphasis on post-Mospeada stuff; I'm sure that he'd have been happy to do more "Macross Era" Robotech stuff, but Big West et al made that impossible.

It's the usual tragedy of pigheaded business BS; fans can do all kinds of crazy stuff, but they're limited by not having much funding. But if you try to do it officially, you can't, because too many people would rather have less for themselves than know that someone else got something.

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Posted by RobotBastard on 19 April, 2010 - 11:54
I met him at one of the Los

I met him at one of the Los Angeles Science Fiction shows at the Shrine which was hosting a 10 year anniversary of Robotech with many of the cast and some production staff.

I asked him about the chances of Robotech: The Movie ever seeing a video release. His answer was "never". I then thanked him for bringing Robotech to my generation and that it was a huge part of me and my friends life growing up. It was a busy schedule where you had to stand in assembly line of sorts to get autographs of the various cast so I had to move on, but I think it pleased him to see to all the fans still praising his efforts. I also thanked him for the Zillion series, which I think caught him off guard, since it's one of the more obscure projects he did.

I managed to see Robotech: The Movie on the big screen (probably the only 35mm print) at a film festival not long after that meeting. I think that even with the shortcomings it would have been something I'd have liked in 1987. Much like Robotech, when viewed with no prior knowledge of the original story, it's able to be enjoyed.

I really can't imagine how my life would have been without Robotech and Streamline Pictures. Being 10 years old when it first aired, it was enlightening to see a cartoon where people did more than fight. They loved, were afraid, had problems, died, and discovered that the "bad guys" weren't very different. It took vision to try and bring that to a culture that viewed cartoons as extended toy commercials with just enough story to meet government restrictions.

The world would be a very different place if that never happened.

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Posted by duke togo on 19 April, 2010 - 12:29
RIP Carl Macek 1951 - 2010

I am still shocked with this bad news. I never met the man but to me the name Carl Macek was synonymous with ROBOTECH. For me ROBOTECH was the second wave of anime in Italy/Europe as the first wave was introduced by GOLDRAKE (UFO ROBOT GRENDIZER).

Robotech changed my life at 16 for the better and I am grateful for Carl's vision.

My most sincere condolences to his dear wife and his family.

Rest in peace Carl Macek.

You will be missed.

Thanks Carl.

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Posted by grendizer1975 on 24 April, 2010 - 19:57
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