I had first learned about Monty's passing yesterday, Feb 2nd, as I got back from work. I was, and quite frankly still am, gob smacked.
Monty first appeared on my radar a few years back when RWBY was first introduced. As I looked at the trailer, I was a bit apprehensive about it. After watching RvB's awesome fight scenes and punny situations, I wasn't sure where RT was heading with this RWBY production. However, as I sat through the trailer, I grew more excited about RWBY than I did about X-mas, my birthday, and Doctor Who put together. Who was this Monty Oum person?!? How come I'd never heard of this person or seen his work?? After putting a little more research into it, I realized I had seen his work many, many times before with RvB! Again, I was floored.
As the years have gone by, I have been waiting for the perfect chance to go to RTX. It seemed like this year would be perfect for it and I would finally get to see those whom I looked up to, and to tell everyone congratulations on a great job! On the first day of the event, I had planned to see Monty and give him a piece of my heart about these creations of his.
My heart goes out to him, his family, and his friends at Rooster Teeth. If I am feeling this bad about Monty's passing, I can not begin to understand the depths of loss that you guys are feeling.
I loved the work you did Monty. Your personality shined through like light through a diamond, or in this case a RWBY. You are an inspiration to us all and I, as will many others, shall miss you terribly!
To those at RT, stay strong and take as much time as you guys need! I at the very least understand if you guys need to take a break for a bit to recollect yourselves.