Thought I kick off the year with an American artist I’ve been meaning to feature for a while – the supremely talented Geof Darrow. Here’s a sample from ‘Hard Boiled’ a three issue comic series from 1990, written by Frank Miller and illustrated in the most meticulous way imaginable.
The plot follows Insurance Investigator Carl Seltz/Nixon/Unit Four on a trail of utter destruction through a sprawling overpopulated dystopia of sin and plays out like a very violent black comedy. Hard Boiled is packed with visual references, gags and graphic delights – fans of ‘The Matrix’ will also recognise the fetishistic robotic design – Geof worked as a ‘conceptual designer’ on all three films.
Hard boiled is amalgamated into one Dark Horse Graphic Novel here: http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Boiled-Frank-Miller/dp/1878574582/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230828048&sr=8-2
More on Geof Darrow here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geof_Darrow
A large tribute site: http://www.geofdarrow.net/