This week’s episode we talk about Darwyn Cooke who passed away on May 14th, as well as an overview of TCAF, and much more on Sequential Fiction.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

The Toronto Comics Arts Festival took place the weekend of May 14th.  I was there on Sunday, and it was packed.  This is a show I’ve always wanted to go to, but have never been able to because it usually falls on Mother’s Day Weekend.  It’s headquartered in the Reference Library at Davenport and Yonge street, and had some satellite locations including the Info-Tech Masonic Temple.

Brian and Liam’s Comic Picks of the Week:

Liam’s Pick – 52 the series

The DCU spent a year without Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman–a year in which the fate of the world hung in the balance! Now Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid deliver the thrilling tale of the heroes who protected the planet in their absence in this best-selling series.

Brian’s Pick – Twilight Children

Comics legends Gilbert Hernandez (LOVE AND ROCKETS), Darwyn Cooke (DC: THE NEW FRONTIER) and Dave Stewart (HELLBOY) craft a haunting and unforgettable tale of magical realism with THE TWILIGHT CHILDREN.

No one knows what the mysterious glowing spheres are, or where they come from. The only thing that matters to the residents of the beachside village where the orbs manifest is what they do when they appear.

Cover Story: Darwyn Cooke

Darwyn Cooke passed away on May 14th after a short, and aggressive battle with cancer.

Darwyn was born in Toronto in 1962, he got his start in comics in 1985 when he was published in New Comics Showcase after traveling to New York to show off his work. His first story was a crime story. His first story got picked up, but in the 80’s it was hard to get published by a New York publisher unless you lived in New York. He spent two years trying to break in, and instead started working in Canada as an Art Director and a Graphic Designer.

The Globe and Mail ran an incredible piece on the life of Darwyn Cooke.

Darwyn Cooke: A comics legend who explored new frontiers in art