I was born in 1951 and I'm not dead yet.I should write something more eloquent about Jamie's pioneering efforts (his abstract comics that we published dated from the early '70s), about the importance of his contribution to underground and newave comix, and so on, but frankly I'm too stunned right now to be able to say much... Rest in peace, Jamie.
I was influenced by the stuff underground artists Rick Griffin, art spiegelman, Victor Moscoso, and the collage novel of Max Ernst were doing. I also really liked Rory Hayes and Mark Beyer. Clay Geerdes and his newsletter Comix World/Wave was the inspiration to self publish. I will also have some pages in Newave! the Underground Mini-Comix of the 1980s Ed. by Mike Dowers and published by Fantagraphics and last I heard coming out at the end of the 2009
More information on Jamie's facebook page. See more of his art on his Poopsheet Foundation page. You can also see more of his work in Fantagraphics' new Newave anthology.