Monday, May 16, 2016

Darwyn Cooke 1962-2016

It's with great shock and sadness that everyone who makes comics and/or loves comics is grieving due to the sudden death of comic book artist extraordinaire Darwyn Cooke. He passed away from what his family described as an "aggressive cancer" on Friday night/Saturday morning at his home in Florida. He was 53 years old.

We wuz robbed.

His ink was lightning in a bottle. His storytelling: smart and full of visual passion for the medium. These supermen and superwomen and noir detectives and cowboys were going to have a great adventure. The energy of his composition and assured ink lines captured fans and pros.

Other than suggesting you just type "Darwyn Cooke" into the search engine and look at his mastery of comics, I want to share a quote.

A lot of my colleagues are posting Darwyn Cooke's well-founded critical quote about reinventing the superhero world for all ages on social media. I couldn't agree more.

"I don't know how a company like Warner Bros. or Disney is able to rationalize characters raping and murdering and taking drugs and swearing and carrying on the way they do, and those same characters are on sheet sets for 5-year-olds, and pajamas and cartoons. 
"... I think the bravest and smartest thing one of these companies could do would be to scrap everything they're doing and bring in creative people who would have the talent and were willing to put in the effort it takes to write an all-ages universe that an adult or a child could enjoy. If either one of these companies were smart enough to do that, I think they could take huge strides for the industry."

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