Monday, August 6, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Darwyn Cooke

Darwyn Cooke is responsible for one of my all time favorite comic stories,  DC: The New Frontier. His Animation art style explodes off every page he draws. After a failed go at comic books in his early career, Cooke went to Canada to work as a magazine art director before responding to an ad posted by Bruce Timm at Warner Bros. Animation. At WB, he worked as a storyboard artist on Batman: the Animated Series and Superman: the Animated Series before animating the title sequence for Batman Beyond. Soon after, Cooke returned to comics first with Batman: Ego for DC then doing a bit of freelance for Marvel. He worked as regular artist on Catwoman, giving her her modern costume, before becoming the regular artist on Will Eisner's The Spirit. His DC: The New Frontier was one of the first to be adapted as an animated movie in Warner Animations series of direct to DVD films. Renamed Justice League: The New Frontier, Cooke co-wrote the film and worked as art director. He is currently working on Before Watchmen: Minutemen for DC and  Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter for IDW.

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