Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Jeremy Dale

We're all reeling from the absolutely horrible news that Jeremy Dale has passed away, all too suddenly and far too soon. 

Jeremy was one of the young guys I've met on the con circuit that always impressed. Jeremy the person was just like his work; Upbeat, sweet and tireless. He did his work his way, and in an all too rare occurrence that meant wholesome and hopeful stories that anyone could read and enjoy. 

Jeremy did this out of sheer love and will and did it without a major publisher. That means no steady paycheck, no pension, no backstop. But he had something better than all of that. He had his dreams, and he had a partner that shared them. 

Right now, the center of our grief and thoughts are with Kelly, Jeremy's wife and partner. They were most truly a team, and now Kelly needs all of us. If you can spare a few dollars, please go to gofundme.com/jeremydale to contribute. 

May your God bless you, Jeremy. 

Love 
Darwyn and Marsha

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Darwyn covers King Features Dynamite debuts

Forgive the "Variety" style headline, just seemed to work in this case.

Dynamite Comics is bringing the famous King Features adventure characters back into comic books and for the first issues, Darwyn is providing the covers.

You may have seen some of these images with blackout spots on the characters as Dynamite was teasing them out via social media over the last couple of weeks. The King / Dynamite comics will begin in January.

Here they are in their full glory:





for more information on the individual series and their creative teams, the full article is at icv2 here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

This December, DC stands for Darwyn Cooke!



Forgive the hyperbole of the title - I just think it's great news.

DC Comics continues its themed variants, having done “Bombshells”, “Batman 75th Anniversary”, and “Selfies” for its alternate covers each month. They have just announced that cartoonist Darwyn has done 23 variant covers for December in his smooth retro style. All of Cooke’s December variants will be in the “landscape” format.

The complete list of Cooke’s variants for December includes:
Action Comics #37
Aquaman #37
Batgirl #37
Batman #37
Batman & Robin #37
Batman/Superman #17
Catwoman #37
Detective Comics #37
The Flash #37
Harley Quinn #12
He-Man: The Eternity War #1
Grayson #4
Green Lantern #37
Green Lantern Corps #37
Justice League United #7
Justice League #37
Justice League Dark #37
Teen Titans #5
Sinestro #8
Supergirl #37
Superman #37
Superman/Wonder Woman #14
and Wonder Woman #37.

Contact your local comic book store to order these covers.
They should be easily ordered and at regular cover price at least during the month of release.

Monday, May 5, 2014

PARKER AND THE TORONTO COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL


Hey CanadAmerica; 

Darwyn here. I wanted to drop by and bring attention to our appearance at TCAF this coming weekend, which will see the launch of the Illustrated Parker novels as well as a host of other cool events.

Bringing the Parker novels back in a premium hardcover form with illustration plates is something I've dreamed of for years, and as the dream moved closer to a scheduled reality I realized I wanted the book launch to happen in my hometown of Toronto. That immediately made me think of TCAF and what a fitting show it would be for the launch.

For those who haven't attended TCAF, it isn't your typical North American comics show. More European in approach, it avoids the mainstream and focuses on the art of cartooning and creating comics. An International guest list unrivalled in North America. In depth workshops. An amazing emphasis on comics for Kids as well as the cognoscenti. Free admission to the show proper.The Doug Wright Awards. Panels in local bars. 


Need I say more?

Oh yeah, the location. The Toronto reference library is one of the coolest examples of seventies Toronto architecture. Built in '77, my father (a construction foreman) and some of my uncles installed all of the glass in the building. He took us there when it opened, and I can recall being dazzled by it's Logan's Run style moderne.

As a teen I remember pouring over their reference files for illustrations and comic projects. One day I discovered they had bound copies of old periodicals and ended up spending seven hours reading Esquire magazines from the sixties. Long Fall evenings feeding dimes into the old photocopier because you couldn't check out the materials. I bought my first used Parker paperback about a block north in a used bookstore about 30 years ago. So the juju is strong for me in that funky library.

I can't imagine a better time or place for the Parker Novel launch. Scott Dunbier and I will be there with Marsha, bearing a TCAF edition of The Hunter, a limited edition TCAF Parker print, and special editions of the Parker graphic novels.




Scott and I will also be at a spotlight panel on Saturday hosted by Tom Spurgeon at the Pilot tavern. Sunday Spurge has me on a design panel with hypertalents Mimi Pond, Ed Piskor and Kate Skelly. There is an amazing lineup of programming at TCAF. For the full list, follow the link;





For me, the event of the weekend will be teaming back up with my old partner in crime Ed Brubaker for a night at the Bloor Cinema. We're going to jaw about the crime and the noir, and then screen Kubrick's The Killing, one of the greatest caper movies ever made. Afterward, we'll be at the Beguiling for more chat and some signing.


This is going to be an amazing weekend for comics, Toronto. So drop by and see us at table 180 on the main floor, Saturday or Sunday.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Signing at the Beguiling during TCAF and screening of Kubrick's The Killing with Ed Brubaker


Darwyn will be at "an evening of Criminal Activity featuring a screening of The Killing, Stanley Kubrick's crime noir classic, at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto during the Toronto Comic Arts Festival weekend (http://torontocomics.com). Tickets are $7, $10 at the door. More info is at the Bloor Cinema here.

It will be followed by a signing at The Beguiling.

(As if you needed more reasons to get to TCAF!)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

new Batman Beyond short!


"Darwyn Cooke's Batman Beyond" animated short, part of the Batman 75th anniversary celebrations, is up on Yahoo Movies / Videos now.
Featuring Bruce Wayne (voiced by Kevin Conroy) and Terry McGinnis (voiced by Will Friedle), they  confront a very familiar foe.

https://movies.yahoo.com/video/batman-beyond-short-film-192211473.html

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Batman's 75th anniversary animated short

Darwyn is working on a short film to honour Batman's 75th anniversary. A preview was released today featuring Batman Beyond. Watch it below: