There is sad news as reports come out of the passing of Edward J. Koplar, a.k.a Ted Koplar, founder of World Events Productions, Ltd.. His company, using the anime King of Beasts Golion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV, created the highly popular and influential Voltron, which has been watched around the globe.
He later executive produced Voltron: The Third Dimension, Voltron Force, and the more recent Voltron: Legendary Defender.
St. Louis’s Fox 2 said in an article that Koplar “passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family April 4, 2021.” It did not give a cause of death, but did say he was 77. The report suggested that anyone who wants to donate in his memory can support Diabetes Fund at The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Webster University and Diabetes Research Funding and Advocacy.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.