Sunday, March 8, 2020

Parker updates

Cal here. Apologies for the lack of updates on here. I fall into the category of "too lazy to update anything but facebook" people and am working hard to change that!

IDW announced that they will be re-issuing the Martini Edition collecting the first two Parker adaptations along with extra material and the short Parker story "The Seventh". The new edition arrives in stores end of April. More info can be found here.

IDW will also be releasing the second volume in the Martini Editions collecting The Score and Slayground as well as unseen material in a matching slipcased hardcover titled The Martini Edition: Last Call.

From the publisher's website: The long-awaited companion to the Eisner Award-winning Martini Edition is finally coming! Collecting the THE SCORE and SLAYGROUND (Both Eisner Award-winning graphic novels themselves). This volume will be (along with the Martini Edition) the last word on Cooke’s brilliant Parker stories and includes more than 100 pieces of never-before-seen Parker art by Darwyn Cooke; a round table talk with Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Bruce Timm, and Scott Dunbier on Parker and Darwyn Cooke; plus a brand-new 17-page story by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips. 

It's in stores this September. Contact your local bookstore or comic shop to reserve your copy! 

Speaking of new editions, Dargaud has french-language editions of the Parker books, covers shown below:

and they recently announced a compendium collecting all four into one volume called "Parker Integral" due out this summer. 600 pages for 45 Euros. The cover art and some spreads are below: 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

New Frontier GN on sale for $5.99 USD on comixology

Being a comic shop guy, I obviously prefer printed books - but for anyone who hasn't tried Darwyn's The New Frontier yet, Comixology has it on sale for 85% off. A sweet deal worth sharing!


Saturday, March 17, 2018

DC's Art of Darwyn Cooke softcover available now

DC released "The Art of Darwyn Cooke" collecting stories and artwork dating back to 1985's TALENT SHOWCASE #19, and stories from BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS, LEGION WORLDS, JSA ALL STARS, JONAH HEX and more, plus dozens of covers!

This new softcover edition adds over twenty covers not collected in the GRAPHIC INK: THE DC COMICS ART OF DARWYN COOKE hardcover.

Available at your local comic shop and book store! ($29.99 USD)


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Harley Quinn #38 has a Darwyn cover

Amanda Conner inked this cover drawn by Darwyn for Harley Quinn issue #38. It arrives in your local comic book stores on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Final orders are due on Monday Jan. 29th so contact your local shop if you want them to save you a copy!

Written by Frank Tieri and illustrated by Mirka Andolfo, there is also a cover by Frank Cho available.

DC describes the story as "ANGRY BIRD" part two! The Penguin didn't come to Brooklyn alone this time...he's put out an open invitation for some of Gotham City's worst to join him in his new criminal empire, as long as they're willing to hold off Harley Quinn! And when we say "worst," we mean worst! Film Freak? Egghead? Condiment King?! Nateman's Hot Dogs is gonna have a lot to say about that...

In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $2.99 USA
Diamond itemcode DEC170300

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

signed New Frontier softcover giveaway

hi folks, Cal here from Strange Adventures in Halifax.

 We recently got in a collection of books that included a set of New Frontier softcovers signed by Darwyn.

 In my opinion, a signature adds no value but it is a cool thing to have, so we're giving the set away in a random draw.

 Send a postcard, yes, an actual postcard in what's called "the mail" (preferably a picture postcard that shows the town or city or country in which you live) to:

 New Frontier Contest
c/o Strange Adventures
5110 Prince Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1L3

 We'll put all entries received by June 30th into a box and draw the winner on July 1st.

 No purchase necessary, other than the postcard and postage, enter as many times as you like, open to residents of Earth. We'll cover postage with tracking anywhere in the world but you do have to post a photo when you get them and let us know.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Darwyn tribute panel this weekend at TCAF in Toronto

Hi, folks. Cal here.
The wonderful Toronto Comic Arts Festival is coming up and there's a tribute panel on Darwyn on Sunday May 14th.
10:30 AM, at the Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville
Darwyn Cooke Memorial Tribute Panel – Legendary creator Darwyn Cooke passed away one year ago on this date. He was an icon and a Torontonian. Join friends and peers of Darwyn’s as they share stories, discuss his work and celebrate his life and legacy. Featuring: Steven Manale, J. Bone, Brian McLachlan, Michael Cho, Mark Askwith, Sean Phillips and friends.
Get the full scoop on TCAF and the rest of the programming here:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Terribly sad to hear we have lost Bernie this week

Terribly sad to hear we have lost Bernie this week after a long and strong fight with cancer.

Darwyn used to tell a story about his first convention as a fan, it would have been in the late 70s or 80s in Toronto. He's told this story before so I'm sure someone can find a link of him telling it himself in his big style.

He was a teenager and an artist, he had saved his money and decided he was going to spend 10$ getting a commission from an artist I can't recall the name of but Dar was a big fan of. This was all of his convention spending money.

He picked up the commission and didn't feel the artist had done a great job and was pretty bummed. He went to get some books signed by Bernie and Bernie, being Bernie, started conversation and while they were talking Dar asked if he felt the commission was worth 10$. 

Bernie (lovingly) berated the artist for ripping off a kid and then took out some paper. He did a full page sketch for Dar at no cost and took the time to look through Dar's portfolio AND showed it to some editors that were at the show too.

Darwyn never forgot how Bernie treated him that day. He really took it to heart how it felt to be on the fan side of the table and how crushing it was to be disappointed by your hero. Bernie made Darwyn that nice guy you all knew who took the time to draw with little kids or give some one feedback on their art (constant advice: learn to draw backgrounds). 

He also made Darwyn into the artist we all loved. Dar said Bernie was one of the greatest artists of all time, and that since Bernie has mastered drawing with all of the lines, he would have to master using no lines. 

Bernie was also a big supporter of love and marriage. He taught all of us how important a happy loving relationship was to being successful. I saw Bernie and Liz in Boston in August, he was sick but doing well. My last memories are of him with Vivi Staggs and the other kids at Jimmy's birthday party. Smiling and laughing.