Sunday, April 30, 2023

complete Parker softcover coming this fall in english

Cal here:

IDW is putting out a softcover tome similar to the french-language volume that we posted about earlier. 

the info from the distributor reads as follows:

Richard Stark's Parker: The Complete Collection 

in-stores Oct. 17 2023

$69.99 USD / $89.99 CAD / £55.69

The groundbreaking and multiple award-winning graphic novels by Darwyn Cooke, collected in their entirety for the first time in one softcover volume.

Collecting the four Parker graphic novels (The Hunter, The Outfit, The Score, and Slayground) as well as two shorts (The Man with the Getaway Face and The Seventh). These stories encompass all Darwyn Cooke’s sequential stories of Parker.

Richard Stark is the most famous pseudonym of world-renowned author Donald Westlake (1933-2008). In 1962 hecreated the master thief Parker and began a series of novels that have been recognized as seminal works of crime fiction. Several of Westlake's books have been adapted by Hollywood and Westlake's adaptation of The Grifters earned him an Academy Award nomination for best motion picture screenplay. Westlake has won numerous awards for his fiction and in 1993 the Mystery Writers of America named him a Grand Master, the highest honor bestowed by that prestigious society.

Darwyn Cooke (1962-2016) was a graphic designer and animator who turned his attention toward cartooning in the late nineties. Known primarily for his work on the DC line of superheroes, Cooke always had an affinity for crime fiction and has often cited the Parker books as a great source of creative inspiration. Cooke has won multiple Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster awards, as well as the National Cartoonist Society's Best Series award. In 2008 Cooke was Emmy-nominated for the animated adaptation of his magnum opus, DC: The New Frontier.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Hero Initiative auction at Baltimore Comic-con features a Darwyn piece plus lots of other great stuff

There's a sweet cover recreation done by Darwyn that will be one of the art pieces featured at the Baltimore Comic Con on Saturday, October 29 at a live auction. 

Those who cannot attend the auction live can place proxy bids in advance by emailing Joe Davidson at

All proxy bids must be submitted via email only, with a strict deadline of 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, October 25. For more information and to view the art, click here.

Other pieces in the auction include work by Art Adams, Nick Bradshaw, Mike Mignola, Walt Simonson, John Byrne, Frank Quitely and many more!

The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit creators with more than $1 million worth of much-needed aid, fueled by your contributions! It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

The original cover of Brave & the Bold #25 was by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito and was published in 1959 by DC.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Last Call hits May 3rd

Last Call! The second Martini Edition collecting the Darwyn Cooke Parker adaptations goes on sale May 3rd at your local comic store or book shop!

Slayground and The Score are presented in a large format and it also includes copious amounts of extras including a new story by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips!
get yours wherever damn fine books are sold!
a snippet from Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips' new story

icons for the Parker books

from The Score

The slipcase for Last Call

doodles and designs for various characters

Memories & anecdotes of Darwyn with Brubaker, Bruce Timm and Scott Dunbier

print made for TCAF - the Toronto Comic Arts Festival

from The Score

the damn book

from Slayground

Monday, April 25, 2022

Martini Edition - Last Call comes to your local comic shop or book store this May!

 A couple of photos of the new Martini Edition - Last Call from IDW!

Collecting The Score and Slayground plus copious extras in an oversized slipcased hardcover!
(pictured with the original edition of The Score for scale - thanks to Marsha for the pics)

Friday, November 26, 2021

Last Call - The Martini Edition to debut in May 2022

 Cal here -

coming to your local book store or comic shop on the first week of May 2022 (finally!)
Last Call - the second Martini Edition collecting the Parker adaptations by Darwyn Cooke
from the publisher's description:
The long-awaited companion to the award-winning Martini Edition is finally here, collecting The Score and Slayground in a beautiful oversized slipcase edition.
Features more than 100 pieces of never-before-seen Parker art by Darwyn Cooke; a roundtable talk with Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Bruce Timm, and Scott Dunbier on Parker and Cooke; and a brand-new 17-page story by multiple Eisner Award-winning creators Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.
Darwyn Cooke crafted four universally acclaimed Parker graphic novels, adapted from the works of Richard Stark (A pseudonym for Donald Westlake), before his untimely death.
This edition is a loving tribute to the legacy of Darwyn Cooke and Parker.

Friday, November 27, 2020

some snippets from Darwyn's comicbooks

Cal here -  Working on sorting through about 200 of Darwyn's old comicbooks. They'll be going up for sale at some point to benefit The Hero Initiative. No date set. Just getting started.

A lot of fun and inspiration sprang from these pages!