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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Im such a proud sister! I just had to share this with my blogger family :)


The Return of Denys Cowan

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To quote a well known poet, "don't call it a comeback" (LL Cool J).  Denys Cowan hasn't left the building.  A groundbreaking comic book creator, award winning television producer, husband, father, and my brother/friend , Denys has been working steadily for a hundred years.  However, today 3/21/2012 marks the release of a new ongoing comic book series, 'Dominque Laveau: Voodoo Child', from DC Comics imprint, Vertigo, and I'm very excited for him and anyone into gothic, hip, Louisiana drenched stories coupled with powerful illustrations.  It's comic book gumbo!  Here's the variant cover, illustrated by Denys:
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Written by talented former editor of The Source, Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, 'Voodoo Child' is a different kind of book, looking at a world seldom, if ever examined by the comic book universe.  No long tights or secret identities, just an engrossing story with compelling characters.  Below is the synopsis from the Vertigo website:
DOMINIQUE LAVEAU: VOODOO CHILD is the story of a half-breed, outcast and heir to the Voodoo Queenship of New Orleans, if she can live long enough to claim her birthright. New Orleans is the most haunted city in America: a town of centuries-old ghosts and newly drowned spirits; where vampires, voodoo spirits and loups-garous make their home. Ruling over this all are the powerful Voodoo Queens, whose influence stretches into politics, business and crime as they maintain a delicate balance between the mortal and supernatural worlds.But in the aftermath of Katrina, all that has changed, for someone or something has murdered the Voodoo Queen and most of her court. The number one suspect is Dominique Laveau, a grad student at Tulane who is about to discover that her entire life has been a lie. Now Dominique must forge alliances with those out to kill her while seeking to uncover the truth behind the royal murders, as she is ultimately forced to deal with a destiny she could never have imagined. Voodoo Child is a new monthly series written by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, former editor-in-chief of The Source magazine, award-winning author, journalist and TV producer, with art by Milestone Media co-founder Denys Cowan (THE QUESTION) and covers by Rafael Grampá.
Denys has one of the most unique drawing styles of anyone in comics.  Blending his love of European artists, his New York upbringing, a quietly rebellious perspective informed by the likes of Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee, among others, Denys' art jumps off the page.  It's aggressive while being lyrical at the same time.  
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One of the founders of Milestone Media, Denys, along with my good friend (and birthday party heckler) Michael Davis, Derek Dingle and the late Dwayne McDuffie, created a line of multi ethnic comic book characters whose impact is still being felt today.
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(last photo of the Milestone Creative team before Dwayne McDuffie's untimely passing: Denys, Dwayne, Michael Davis)
Like most of the great artists that I know, Denys is incredibly self-critical about his work, rarely acknowledging when he's knocked it out of the park, which is often.  Thankfully, he has friends and admirers who pay him no mind in that regard.  
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(Denys with frequent collaborator Reggie Hudlin & Selwyn Seyfu Hinds)
The latest addition to the Cowan brood: My Nephew Dashell
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Denys usually doesn't smile in photos.  
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Denys having his picture taken and this time he actually smiled, teeth and everything!
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Some of his work :)
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For much more of the art of Denys Cowan, visit his website: denyscowan.com or his blog.
'Dominque Laveau: Voodoo Child' is available online by downloading the free Vertigo app and at fine comic shops everywhere.

13 comments:

  1. This is awesome!! (^_^) Congrats to your brother he has SO earned it! Talent runs in the family. *hugs*

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    1. Thanks Cat, hugs and blessings back to you.

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  2. This is soooo cool! What an interesting comic book and your brother's illustrations are crazy good! I agree with Cat, talent really runs thick in your family! Thanks for posting!

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  3. Congratulations to Denys on the release of Dominique Laveau. It looks action-packed and intriguing.

    Congrats also on the newest Cowan addition.

    Denys' work is wonderful (comic book and real-live three dimensional!).

    You have two reasons to be proud.

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  4. Cool! That looks like interesting reading. I'll check for it here in Philly. Thanks for this post.

    Congratulations to your brother and you - go sister, go. (Sister - brother, wink, wink)

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  5. Congratulations to your brother!! I would be happy too as his sister. You probably can remember when his dream just began. I wish him many blessings! Hugs!

    Vickey

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  6. This is so awesome! Congrats to your brother and his team! I so love that you are the doting sister.

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  7. OMG of course you must be proud, he's such an artist!!! Love his drawings!!!!

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  8. Thanks guys for all of your congrats for my brother and lovely comments. Hugs to you all :)

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  9. Thanks and Congrats. Me and my son enjoy comic books so this is a real treat for us!

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  10. Talk about a talented family! Both of you rock!

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    1. Thanks Hey, its muff , hugs to you:0)

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  11. Your brother is uber-talented. Love the designs. I have a love of comics and the art involved from my younger brother James.
    I will so check out the usual spots for the new comic and am so a fan already :O)

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