Cooke tackles PARKER

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Our con kicked off with a press conference for Darwyn Cooke where he announced a series of four graphic novels adapting the first four PARKER novels by Richard Stark, aka Donald Westlake. Publisher IDW gave out a series of sweet duo-tone promo cards by Cooke that look as hard-boiled and crime-tastic as you would like. We’ll have a fuller story on the books in an upcoming issue of PW Comics Week.

In the spirit of full disclosure, we acted as a sounding board for IDW editor Scott Dunbier in setting up this event. As we’ve mentioned repeatedly here, it’s baffling that comic book companies don’t hold more press-only events at Comic-Cons. We asked a couple of other participants if they had been asked to any other comic book press conferences and no one could think of one (or else our acquaintances just aren’t asked to the right places).

Anyway, the books look very entertaining, and Cooke was born to draw amoral crime fiction. He also teased an announcement of his own creator-owned property later this year at Baltimore Con.



  1. Nice hat. Wonder if he went shopping with Frank Miller.

  2. This is gonna be a great project. I’m very happy to see all parties connected to this are A-List in my opinion. Congrats all the way around.


  3. Woot! Looking forward to this!

  4. Torsten Adair says:

    Why hold a press conference when you can also have the fans (and bloggers) as well. One could restrict questions to the press.
    I have always preferred the National Press Club format: while the guest is speaking, the audience write their questions on cards, which are then reviewed and asked by the moderator.
    Otherwise, I would hold the press conference in a bar, with appetizers.

  5. Looking forward to hearing more about these Darwyn Cooke projects.

  6. Patrick Dean says:

    I’m so happy about this I could verbally assault Batman’s mom. Those couple of preview images look fantastic.

  7. I can’t think of a better combination. This will be a winnah!

  8. Must see. Must buy.

    I purchased Cooke’s RETROACTIVE art book. I want another volume next year.


  1. […] IDW will be publishing four graphic novels by Darwyn Cooke based on the early books in the series of Parker novels by Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake). The first GN is due out in mid-2009. The announcement was made at a con press conference, a lovely idea that more companies should arrange. Only not necessarily at San Diego, since everyone is aiming to break news there (and since I don’t go). […]

  2. […] Besides selling his artbooks and attending signing after signing, Darwyn announced his new project: adapting the “Parker” series crime novels by Donald Westlake (under the pen name Richard Stark) as a series of four full-length graphic novels for IDW Publishing.  IDW’s official press release is here.  Comic Book Resources and Newsarama (among many, many others) also have more information. […]

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