HAPPENINGS: ‘Art Originals’ series debuts with Darwyn Cooke: Noir & Beyond Oct.16-17

darwyncooke_parker2For Immediate Release

THE ART ORIGINALS: A New Concept in Art Appreciation

Series premieres with Toronto-born Eisner and Joe Shuster award winning graphic novelist DARWYN COOKE’S ‘NOIR AND BEYOND’.

TORONTO, Ontario (Tuesday, October 6): The Art Originals series, a new concept in art appreciation for the Toronto art market, offers comic book and illustration enthusiasts a unique opportunity to interact in an intimate setting with their favorite creators over a weekend in Canada’s largest city. Contemporary cartoonists and illustrators will take part in workshops, exhibitions, lectures and artists’ talks revolving around themes central to their work.

Art Originals kicks off October 16 and 17 with Noir and Beyond: The Darwyn Cooke Retrospective. This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view the original artwork from the opening chapter of his recent sold-out adaptation of Richard Stark’s The Hunter.  A pivotal work of noir literature, The Hunter has been popularized by Hollywood in the form of the 1967 classic Point Blank with Lee Marvin and the more recent Payback with Mel Gibson.  Cooke, who took on the graphic revisioning of this masterwork did so with the blessing of Donald Westlake a.k.a. Richard Stark.  During the talk with the artist segment, Cooke will read from the original novel and discuss his unique creative struggles to bring this project to fruition.

All activities for Art Originals will be held at the historic Gladstone Hotel in downtown Toronto, a favourite with the local arts scene. Voted one of the top 10 Art Hotels in the world by Lux Magazine, the Gladstone has been in operation since 1889 and is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Toronto.

Event Listings: October 16-17, 2009

Friday, October 16

Noir and Beyond: The Darwyn Cooke Retrospective, 7 – 11 pm: Includes original artwork from the first chapter of Parker: The Hunter and selected works from his award-winning projects of the last decade for DC and Marvel comics.  Appearing for the first time will be a series of large format works on canvas produced specially for this show.

Free admission – this event is open to the general public

Saturday, October 17

Workshop with Darwyn Cooke: 10 am – 3 pm: This workshop with master cartoonist Darwyn Cooke will provide students with valuable insights into his creative process. The lecture, question period and portfolio review sections are a unique opportunity to get inside the head of one of our most renowned cartooning visionaries.

$105/person. Limited seating (15 persons)

An Evening with Darwyn Cooke, 7 – 10 pm: Hosted by Mark Askwith of SPACE, this intimate and interactive session will include a reading by Cooke from the original text of Stark’s The Hunter with corresponding images from the graphic novel projected as backdrop. Cooke will be available immediately afterwards to sign copies of his work.

$10/person. Limited seating (75 persons)

For more information, go to www.artoriginals.ca or contact:

Sean Menard

Director, Marketing and Publicity

Art Originals




This workshop is presented in association with the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop. For a list of their ongoing courses offered in the downtown Toronto area please visit: www.cartoonistsworkshop.com