Seth remembers Darwyn Cooke at the 2016 DWAs

Posted on 19. May, 2016 by in ceremony, News

Last Friday night, as the entire DWA Team was putting the finishing touches on the awards ceremony, news broke that Canadian cartoonist Darwyn Cooke was in palliative care following a bout of aggressive cancer. It wasn’t long after that we learned that Darwyn had passed.

Darwyn Cooke (1962 – 2016)

Darwyn Cooke (1962 – 2016)

Darwyn was an ever-present force in Canadian comics, and was at the very first Doug Wright Awards in 2005, where he was also nominated. Brash, opinionated and incredibly talented, he went on to become a huge star in comics with an out-sized personality to match. A master stylist, he belonged to that class of cartoonist where you could spot his work immediately, whether he was interpreting the classic heroes of DC Comics, conjuring the brutal world of Donald Westlake’s Parker books, or depicting small human moments in some of his more grounded works.

In the end, there was only one Darwyn.

To mark his death, Seth spoke at the DWA ceremony about his relationship with Cooke over the years, including his memorable first meeting in a bar in Toronto (“Nobody is allowed to attack Joe Matt but me”) and his last, during a 2015 TCAF-sponsored junket of Canadian cartoonist to Europe (“He was very mouthy and inappropriate, and i would say even pushy. These are qualities I respect.”)

You can hear the audio of Seth’s reminiscence below (credit to Jamie Colville).


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2 Responses to “Seth remembers Darwyn Cooke at the 2016 DWAs”

  1. Timothy Markin 21 May 2016 at 5:24 pm #

    I’ve heard a lot about Darwyn Cooke being a very opinionated individual and having blowups with editors who didn’t share his opinion. Reminds me a lot of Alex Toth, another artistic genius who wouldn’t budge when it came to their personal viewpoint. DC is in the same class as the late Mr Toth, not a bad class to be in.

    • Brad Mackay 24 May 2016 at 10:48 am #

      RIP Darwyn.