The first time anyone reads a Geof Darrow comic, I can only imagine them having the exact same experience of their head exploding in some over-the-top, ridiculous way that only Darrow could illustrate. His brand of hyper-detailed hyper-violence is hard to replicate, and even just seeing a single panel of his work is enough to know that Darrow is unlike any other. So it's definitely a Good Thing that Darrow is heading back to comics this year with a new mini-series of Shaolin Cowboy.
If you've been suffering from a lack of Geof Darrow in your life, then folks, I have some very good news. In addition to the current Shaolin Cowboy mini series Who'll Stop The Reign, for which we have an exclusive look at the cover for issue #2 below, Dark Horse is publishing an oversized 128-page art book in July reprinting some of Darrow's best wort. But unlike most art books, there's a bit of a twist.
Rather than presenting readers with finished pieces, Lead Poisoning: The Pencil Art Of Geof Darrow is stripping away inks and colors to show Darrow's intricate, incredibly detailed pencils, lifted from the work he's done at Dark Horse for over 20 years.
I like to think that my tastes fall into pretty broad categories like "superhero" or "adventure stories," but if you get right down to it, my favorite genre of comics has to be "a comic where someone fights a shark with multiple chainsaws." The ambiguous clause there is intentional, I'm equally interested if it's the person or the shark who has the chainsaws.
Either way, that extremely narrow, extremely awesome genre is exemplified by Geof Darrow's Shaolin Cowboy, a book that's light on plot and heavy on atmosphere, style, and highly detailed and extremely over the top fight sequences. And now, after a few years absent, it's finally making its return with a new series: Shaolin Cowboy: Who'll Stop The Reign?
When Mondo, the merchandising arm of the celebrated Alamo Drafthouse theater known for selling super-cool movie posters, announced that it would host a convention in Austin, Texas, September 20-21, it wasn't entirely clear what the focus would be. Movies? Artists? Movies about artists?
As it turns out, it's all of the above. In addition to hosting the world-premiere screening of the new documentary about the British comics anthology 2000AD, Future Shock!, the weekend event will also host an array of comic artists, many of which have contributed their talents to film. Some of those artists, including Alex Ross have contributed art to celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Iron Giant.
After six years since the last issue, this October marks the return of Geof Darrow's Shaolin Cowboy, a comic that basically defines the term "rip-roaring." Focused on a cowboy who is also a Shaolin monk who wanders the world constantly finding trouble from people (and the occasional crustacean) who want him dead, the book is the perfect showcase for Darrow's highly detailed, kinetic art, and it's something that we at ComicsAlliance could not be looking forward to more.
To get ready for it, we talked to Darrow about his return to Shaolin Cowboy, the reasons for the hiatus, his time working in animation, his continuing use of chainsaws througout his career, and perhaps most importantly, what happens when you "peel the skin off Pac-Man."
Geof Darrow's been busy at the drawing board preparing for the 2012 return of Shaolin Cowboy through Dark Horse Comics, and we've got a characteristically intricate new piece of art from the first issue to prove it...
Geof Darrow's Shaolin Cowboy seemed to, at least temporarily, ride off into the sunset in 2007, leaving fans of the Hard Boiled and Big Guy and Rusty artist's hyper-detailed, gorgeously choreographed fantasy western adventure with only seven issues to savor...