You couldn't make it up to the Boston Comic Con? So you didn't see yesterday's panel on Darwyn Cooke? Good news! We had ears on the scene, and have a few choice tidbits to share for you, the fans.
He just finished a short story for IDW's new Rocketeer book.
Cooke's next big project, still in the planning stages is a digital ONLY creator owned comic. If you want it in print, he says you'll have to wait at least 5 years after the digital release. Cooke is very interested in what you can do with the digital form, which he says allows for way more innovatie storytelling opportunities than what you can get with a straight PDF. We're talking about pop up maps, character bios, branching storylines, and more. It will be a while before you see it, but this is where he's thinking of going.
The next Parker book is set for July of 2012. The original plan for Parker called for 4 books over 8 years, with a new book released every two years, but Cooke got ahead on the first two. He's back to shooting for one new book every two years. His contract is for 4 Parker books, but right now he thinks that there will be 5. But that might not be all. The cartoonist says, "He's gonna be part of my life for a long time. He's a character that I can see working on for the rest of my life."
There's another secret project that Cooke has coming up that will be the "biggest thing I've ever done at DC." This is from a man who did DC: The New Frontier.
Cooke said that his dream project would be to adapt The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand.
When asked to name his favorite of his own works, Cooke named his all time favorite as Selina's Big Score.
And finally, how does Darwyn Cooke kick back and wind down after a big project? He prints out Kirby pages that he's scanned, turned into blue line sketches, and then he inks them. There is a stack of Cooke inked Kirby pages in his house.
If that isn't enough to get a Darwyn Cooke fan excited, then I don't know what is. For a little more, why not revisit our conversation with Darwyn from 2009.