Saturday, May 14, 2016
Longtime readers of my blog know that, once upon a time, I fancied becoming a comic book artist. I even got to take some classes with the late, great artist Joe Kubert.
As it turned out, I didn't have the chops for the business. I could draw something (or someone) passably well if it (or she) was posed in front of me. But ask me to draw something out of my imagination, and the result looked like it was done by a six-year-old.
Nevertheless, I continue to have a great affection for comic book artists.
So I'm saddened today by the death of iconic Canadian artist Darwyn Cooke. Going against the trend towards photo-realistic art, Cooke had a distinctive, iconic style that was like no one else currently in the business. He worked primarily on DC Comic characters, and may be best known for his revamped design for Catwoman.
He died of cancer at the age of 53, far too young. I'm saddened by his passing...but I'm also angered at our own loss. We have missed out on another few decades of work by an exemplary talent.