He was a storyboard artist on Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, he created the opening sequence for Batman Beyond, he redesigned Catwoman’s costume to make it more functional for a master thief, and he captured the spirit of the Silver Age Justice League in the New Frontier graphic novel and animated movie. Darwyn Cooke‘s had a big influence on comic books and comic book-related media the last 25 years, but now he belongs to the ages. After yesterday’s surprising announcement that the writer and artist was battling a “bout with aggressive cancer” comes sad news today that he’s lost that battle. (more…)
Iconoclastic Eisner Award winning writer and artist Darwyn Cooke held court at Comic-Con on Sunday and our Steven Sautter was in the room to take in what he had to say and also ask him a question during the panel. Cooke was joined on the panel by his editor, Scott Dunbar.
On The Score:
Scott Dunbar: Bruce Timm said it was the best one yet.
Darwyn Cooke: You have to understand, I used to work for Bruce and he was merciless. You’d take a drawing and laugh. “Ha, Mr. Fantastic looks like Dick Van Dyke.”
Scott Dunbar: We’re doing a fifth one too.
Darwyn Cooke: We’ll stick with Parker till they take him away from us. There’s other things I want to do, but this guy and I, we’re in it for the long haul.
Darwyn Cooke: 4th book is The Handle. Comes just after the Score. I already knew where I wanted to end, so I wanted this to come before. It’s a very visual book. Takes place on an island with a casino. FBI and Helicopters. All kinds of crazy stuff.
Darwyn Cooke: The last one we want to do is Butcher’s Moon. The one bona fide peice of literatrure. But you want to know Slayground first. We could do a 48 pager of Slayground. So you should be doing a 48 pager of the Grofield novel that shares a chapter with Slayground. Handle will be coming out in “Very late 2013” Going to start putting a project in between these for awhile.
Scott Dunbar: These aren’t books that you just put in the 3rd quarter every year. They are worth the wait.
On the the unique coloring that he uses:
Darwyn Cooke: When you look at artwork that hasn’t been colored, you can tell that the color is half the work. Hunter had Teal, because that color was everywhere in 1962. It did so in a distinctive but non overpowering way. Outfit went with deep blue, because it was night. Score, we need a sunny color here. It’s an exciting change for the reader. There’s a little trick we pulled, there’s a point in the story that everything blows up. And we pulled the blacks for two pages, so that orange just explodes.
On his process:
Darwyn Cooke: Everything is composed on the computer. We’re doing it the way they would in the 60s. It’s all old school. This page is all orange flowing out to white. I did that one on the computer. I inked it in black, and took it into photoshop for the orange.
Scott Dunbar: If you go to Albert Moy, Darwyn’s art dealer has a real nice stack of originals.
When do we get a Dawryn Edition?
Scoot Dunbar: It’s something we’ve talked about.
Darwyn Cooke: I don’t know what we’d do it of. I’m very pleased, but I thought that stuff happened after you died or retired. But my time right now is best spent telling stories.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP
Last week we shared a preview of Darwyn Cooke‘s Minutemen, the first series released in the Before Watchmen line. The artwork looked great but it wasn’t until I read the book did I realize how good that prequel story is going to be. Honestly, the first issue of Minutemen is worth it for The Silhouette’s short vignette alone. It’s so good I have to wonder why isn’t she getting her own comic?
For the next series released in Before Watchmen it’s Cooke’s turn to shine again, but not with his artwork. Cooke’s behind the story of Silk Spectre #1, dropping tomorrow, and it features the stunning artwork of Amanda Connor. Probably best known for drawing a Power Girl who was both busty and badass, Connor is a great choice to re-imagine the Silk Spectre. Just like Cooke’s retro, pulp style suits the Minutemen, Connor completely understands how to portray Silk Spectre as sexy but not overtly. (Consider it the antithesis to that recent Catwoman cover.)
Check out the five page preview below and let us know what you thought of Minutemen #1 and if you’re planning to snag Silk Spectre #1, too!
Source: L.A. Times’ Hero Complex
There’s been a lot, and I mean a lot, of buzz around the Before Watchmen comics. Some of it good, some of it inflamatory, but no matter your opinion on the Watchmen prequels, they’re here.
Releasing tomorrow is the first issue of Darwyn Cooke‘s Minutemen, an almost prequel-prequel as it explores the history of the Watchmen’s precursors. USA Today has kindly offered an exclusive five-page preview,
Not surprising, the artwork looks amazing! Did you expect any less from Cooke? His style is a perfect match to explore the history of the 40s era heroes. Also love the nice visual illusion to Dr. Manhattan.
Of all the Before Watchmen titles, this is the one I’m most excited for. Who doesn’t love retro heroes? And of all the Watchmen characters, the Minuteman make the most sense to get their own miniseries. USA Today also includes a short interview with Cooke which is a great read into how he approached Minutemen.
What did you think of the preview? Will you be picking up Minutemen, or any of the Before Watchmen titles?
The announcement of DC‘s upcoming Before Watchmen series, exploring the origins of the characters from Alan Moore and David Gibbons famous collaboration, is poised to be a controversial one. The series has already sparked more than a few debates about idea ownership and corporate greed versus artistic integrity. Honestly, all the fuss will likely only help Before Watchmen as I’m sure the more people who hear of it will want to check things out when the series begins this summer. Unless, everyone takes out their anger through pirating. But that’s not really fair either, especially when you see some of the beautiful artwork awaiting us.
Below is a gallery of 21 photos captured by Buzzfeed when they had a chance to visit DC Comics’ headquarters. Featured are, “images from nearly all of the six new Before Watchmen titles (with the exception of Brian Azzarello and J.G. Jones’ Comedian miniseries), and includes both black-and-white comics pages and full-color character design sheets.” The largest sample comes from Darwyn Cooke‘s Minuteman series, and even acknowledging everything I know to be fundamentaly wrong about Before Watchmen, I am craving that book.
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This beautiful, and I stress, BEAUTIFUL new piece from Darwyn Cooke features the Minutemen in all their nostalgic, 40s-looking pulp glory. The exclusive art was revealed along with Fast Company’s interview with Alan Moore, which was weird ’cause can you imagine him having anything nice to say about the Before Watchmen prequel series?
The interview is worth checking out. Whether you agree with Moore or not you’ve got to admit he always has something interesting to say. I particularly like this quote, in where he explains everything that’s wrong with pop culture today,
There’s been a growing dissatisfaction and distrust with the conventional publishing industry, in that you tend to have a lot of formerly reputable imprints now owned by big conglomerates. As a result, there’s a growing number of professional writers now going to small presses, self-publishing, or trying other kinds of [distribution] strategies. The same is true of music and cinema. It seems that every movie is a remake of something that was better when it was first released in a foreign language, as a 1960s TV show, or even as a comic book. Now you’ve got theme park rides as the source material of movies. The only things left are breakfast cereal mascots. In our lifetime, we will see Johnny Depp playing Captain Crunch.
He’s got a point.
But I still think the Watchmen prequels are a perfectly fine idea. DC Comics own the characters and keeping them fresh in fans’ minds is the best way for the entire series to profit; including Moore’s original epic which I bet we’ll see go up in sales with Before Watchmen‘s release.
How could you deny talent like Cooke’s from working on these characters!? His style is PERFECT for a series about the Minutemen. And as if I wasn’t already pumped for both his work on this series and Silk Spectre with Amanda Connor, this artwork has me drooling.
What do you think of Cooke’s take on the Minutemen?
Sources: Comics Alliance, io9
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So, the rumors of a Watchmen prequel/sequel are back. It is officially the comic rumor equivalent of herpes.
Back in 2010 is when word of a possible expansion on the Watchmen story and that DC/Warner Bros. was salivating over the thought of squeezing some more cash out of what is often touted as the industries greatest work. Well, it wasn’t so much a rumor as a bitter truth, Alan Moore came out and said he had been approached, even offered the rights of his DC work back if he did it. He didn’t. Good crazy Englishman, good.