It is with deepest regret and sadness that the Mind Control Squids say goodbye to an old, dear friend. Nick Yutko, owner and operator of Dreamscape Comics in Bethlehem, PA, passed away Sunday at the age of 51 due to unexpected heart complications.
Nick will always be remembered, by both the members of this band and the Lehigh Valley, as not only the owner of the comic book store where we spent many years and dollars ranging from childhood to present day, but as a strong supporter of local businesses, music, art, and the preservation of the community as a whole. When he wasn’t behind the counter of the store, continually pushing the latest issue of ‘Dutchy Digest’ on us, he could be found out and about dining at various family-owned restaurants, enjoying films in classic theaters, taking in art at a gallery opening, and supporting the local music scene at an array of Lehigh Valley venues. In many of our most memorable shows, we’re proud to be able to look back on those moments and recount Nick present in the crowd, smiling, moving his head to the beat, and standing behind our work every step of the way.
With every page we turn, with every chord we strum, those of us in the Mind Control Squids will forever remember Nick and cherish every moment we were fortunate enough to share with him. Though he passed away due to heart complications, we can only assume it was because he used every last ounce of its power to exemplify the passion and dedication he had to his family, friends, his life-love, Jeanie, and to a community he admired almost as it did he.