Saturday, May 14, 2016

Darwyn Cooke, RIP

Animation Guild member and master comic book artist Darwyn Cooke passed away today, succumbing to cancer. Deadline reports:

... Born in Canada in 1962, Cooke first attempted to break into comics in the early 1980s but was forced to back away from the industry due to financial concerns. Supporting himself as a magazine art director, graphic and product designer instead, his break came in the early 1990s when he answered an ad placed by Warner Bros animator Bruce Timm.
Cooke was soon hired as a storyboard artist on Timm’s Batman: The Animated Series, and continued in this role on the successor series, The New Batman Adventures as well as its spinoff Superman: The Animated Series. In 1999 he animated the opening title sequence for Batman Beyond, and in 2000 served as a director on Sony’s Men in Black animated series. ...

Turning to the creation of comics and graphic novels in the early oughts, Mr. Cooke returned to animation in 2007, writing and art directing Justice League: New Frontier, also for Warner Bros. Animation. He leaves behind his wife Marsha and other family members.


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