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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Geofrey "Geof" Darrow (born October 21, 1955) is an American comic book artist, best known for his work on Hard Boiled and The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, which was adapted into an animated television series of the same name.

Character design and Moebius collaborations

Darrow was a student at Hanna-Barbera cartoon studios after studying at the American Academy of Arts in Chicago. In the early 1980s he worked in character design for the Super Friends, Richie Rich, and Pac-Man television series.

In 1982, he met French comic book writer and artist Moebius who was working on the film Tron. Two years later, the two collaborated on a portfolio of prints named La Cité Feu, later reprinted for the English speaking market as City of Fire.

Geof has stated in interviews that he considers Hergé, Jack Kirby (who he worked with at Hanna Barbera), Tezuka Osamu and Jean Giraud (Moebius) as his artistic influences.

In 1986, Geof produced Comics and Stories, a collection of stories starring his own character Bourbon Thret, for French publisher Editions Aedena. It contains several pin ups colored by Moebius, Tanino Liberatore and Francois Boucq.

Moebius introduced Darrow to Frank Miller which led to a friendship and eventually two collaborations. In 1990, Darrow and Miller collaborated on the comic book Hard Boiled, a 3-part mini-series, for which they won the 1991 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist.

Frank Miller also drew Darrow into Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, as Kevin the cannibal. In 1993 and 1994, Darrow provided art for the role-playing game line Underground, published by Mayfair Games. Inc.

Darrow and Miller worked together again on Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot in 1996, a far more family-oriented work, in which the protagonists save Tokyo from destruction by a giant lizard. The story was later developed into a 26 episode animated series of the same name, produced by Columbia TriStar Television and Dark Horse Entertainment, which aired from 1999 to 2001.

The Wachowskis saw his work on Hard Boiled, and approached Darrow to do some conceptual work for The Matrix. Darrow was credited as 'Conceptual Designer' on all three Matrix movies. His visual style is most prominent in the scene of Neo's awakening from his biomechanical sleep. The insect-like machine that attacks Neo is a classic Darrow mechanoid made up of tubes, viewscreens and riveted joints. He has also contributed to both volumes of The Matrix comics, a series of short Matrix-inspired comic stories.

Darrow has also contributed covers to a number of other comics, including Concrete, Transmetropolitan and Andrew Vachss' Cross, as well as illustrating a part of Vachss' Another Chance To Get It Right (1993).

Darrow started writing and illustrating Shaolin Cowboy in 2005 (published by Burlyman Entertainment), featuring Darrow's trademark ultra-violence, irony and meticulous level of detail. As of May 2007, seven volumes had been released. Variety reported in April 2009 that the Wachowskis and Circle of Confusion were producing an animated feature of Shaolin Cowboy, written and directed by Darrow, and animated by Madhouse.

Darrow is also the co-creator of the series Doc Frankenstein, written by the Wachowskis, with art by Steve Skroce, also published by Burlyman Entertainment.

Geof has also written forewords for other artists' works, such as The Art of Blade of the Immortal and Art Adams' Creature Features.

Outside of comic books and film, Darrow has also done some artwork for the Magic: The Gathering trading card series. As well as various trading card line, such as Witchblade, Star Wars, The Shadow and Mike Allred's Madman.

The Wachowskis also brought Darrow in to be the conceptual designer on Speed Racer.

Darrow serves on the national advisory board of PROTECT: The National Association to Protect Children.

At the 2011 Toronto Comic Con and 2011 San Diego Comic Con, Darrow said that Shaolin Cowboy would continue as a three issue series (action packed) in 2012 on Dark Horse Comics. He also said there is going to be a "pulp style" prose novel Written by Andrew Vachss, with spot illustrations by Darrow, also to be released in June 2012.

Awards
    •    1991 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – Nominee – Best Artist
    •    1991 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – Winner – Best Writer/Artist: (with Frank Miller for Hard Boiled - Dark Horse)
    •    1996 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – Winner – Best Penciller/Inker: (for Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot - Dark Horse/Legend)
    •    2006 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – Winner – Best Writer/Artist: (for Shaolin Cowboy - Burlyman Entertainment)
    •    2012 Inkpot Award

Cinema and television work

Television
    •    Richie Rich (1982) character designer
    •    Super Friends (1981–1983) character designer
    •    Pac-Man (1983) character designer
    •    The Biskitts (1983) character designer
    •    Super Friends: The Legendary Super Power Show (1984) character designer
    •    Pink Panther and Sons (1984) character designer
    •    The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985) character designer
    •    Garbage Pail Kids (1987) models
    •    Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot (1999) monster designs
Cinema
    •    Barb Wire (1996) visual consultant
    •    The Matrix (1999) conceptual designer
    •    The Matrix Reloaded (2003) conceptual designer
    •    The Matrix Revolutions (2003) conceptual designer
    •    Speed Racer (2008) conceptual designer
    •    The Spirit (2008) The Spirit butcher diagram

Covers
    •    Pilote & Charlie #27 (1988)
    •    Dark Horse Presents #19 (1988)
    •    Daredevil and the Punisher: Child's Play TPB (1988)
    •    Cheval Noir #2 (1989)
    •    Comic's Greatest World: King Tiger (1993)
    •    Ray Winninger's Underground (1993)
    •    Ammo Armageddon (1993)
    •    Showcase '94 #11 (1994)
    •    Dark Horse Presents #100 cover 3 (1995)
    •    Andrew Vachss' Cross #0-6 (1995)
    •    Concrete: Think Like a Mountain #1-6 (1996)
    •    Oblivion #3 (1996)
    •    Warrior of Waverly Street #1-2 (1996)
    •    Here the Big People Come #1 variant (1997)
    •    Transmetropolitan #1-3,22-24 (1997),(1999)
    •    Dark Horse Presents #135 (1998)
    •    Shattered Europe (PSI Order Asculapian & Europe Sourcebook) (1998)
    •    RODEO n°582 (2000) - included in square1 sketchbook
    •    Tin Can Man #1 variant (2000)
    •    Hard Looks: Adapted Stories TPB (2002)
    •    Another Chance to Get It Right TPB (2003)
    •    Matrix Comics TPB #1 (2003)
    •    Doc Frankenstein #1 2nd Print (2004)
    •    Last Christmas #1 (2006)
    •    The War That Time Forgot #11 (2009)
    •    Daredevil #500 variant (2009)
    •    Fantastic Four #579 variant (2010)
    •    Marvel Zombies 5 #4 (2010)
    •    Fallout: All Roads HC -Original graphic novel included in collector's edition of video game Fallout: New Vegas (2010)
    •    G.I. Combat #1 (2010)
    •    First Wave #4 variant (2010)
    •    Conan the Cimmerian #25 (2010)
    •    Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths #1 (2011)
    •    Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #4 (2011)
    •    Jurassic Park: Dangerous Games #1 (2011)
    •    Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths #5 (2011)
    •    Dark Horse Presents #4 variant (2011)
    •    Wolverine #300 variant (2012)
    •    Deadpool #1-4 (2012)
    •    Hawken #5 variant (2012)
    •    Hit-Girl #4 variant (2012)
Pin-ups
    •    L'Univers de Gir (1986) - included in square1 sketchbook
    •    Godzilla Portfolio one plate, reprinted in Comics and Stories (1988)
    •    Cheval Noir #9 (1990)
    •    Superman Special (1992)
    •    Spawn #11 (1993)
    •    Ash #3 (1994)
    •    The Shadow: In The Coils Of Leviathan TPB (1994)
    •    Death Gallery #1 (1994)
    •    Dream Team #1 (1995)
    •    Shi: Senryaku #1 (1995)
    •    The Vertigo Gallery: Dreams & Nightmares (1995)
    •    Hellboy: Christmas Special (1997)
    •    Bart Simpson's Treehouse Of Horror #4 (1998)
    •    Hell and Back, A Sin City Love Story #3 (1999)
    •    Fall of Stardust Portfolio one plate (1999) - included in square1 sketchbook
    •    Madman Picture Exhibition #3 (2002)
    •    Art of Usagi Yojimbo TPB (2006)
    •    Halo Graphic Novel (2006)
    •    Mouse Guard Winter: 1152 #1 (2007) - included in square1 sketchbook
    •    Daredevil #500 (2009)
    •    The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis (2010)
    •    Rocketeer Adventures #2 (2011)
    •    Monsters & Dames (2011) - art book exclusive to Emerald City Comic Con
    •    Dark Horse Presents #1- (2011)
Music album covers
    •    The Gas Giants - From Beyond The Back Burner
    •    Dynamite Ham - I Believe In You

Source:
"Geof Darrow", Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geof_Darrow


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