Over on some social media platforms, there’s been a storm about the appropriation of the memory ofAmerican comic creator Darwyn Cooke, and the subsequent utterly inappropriate and thoroughly distasteful attacks on his widow.
Rightly, voices on both sides of the rage around what’s become known as “Comicgate” have condemned the actions of some on social media, the latest in a number of singularly unpleasant activities that not only impacts the American comics community but has spread like a poison beyond that country.
Rather than dwell on such negativity, which does nothing to benefit comics, I’d like to join those who suggested, using the hashtag #ForDarwyn, that we go out there and celebrate Darwyn’s work and, perhaps, buy some of his work; what he should be remembered for and not, what some have tried to ascribe to him.
• You can find the work of Darwyn Cooke in all good book or comic shops. If you use Amazon, there’s a page listing his works here
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.