In part two of our free-wheeling conversation with Eisner Award winning Comic Artist/Concept Artist Geof Darrow we discuss illustration and work with movie directors. Geof highlights some the pros and cons of his illustration work still done 100% on paper. Early experiences working with Moebius and film directors like Ridley Scott and Tsui Hark.
Who are the Youxia (遊俠)? The wandering heroes of ancient China are described with this blanket term; anyone who was well traveled and righted the wrongs they saw before them. This type of warrior folk hero is frequently celebrated in Chinese poetry and fiction. A term commonly translated as “wandering vigilante” or “knight-errant” and less commonly known as “cavalier”, “adventurer”, “soldier of fortune” or “underworld stalwart.” A Futuwwa, Fianna or Ronin.
It was a rather random opportunity which lead to Interviewing the legendary Geof Darrow, creator of The Shaolin Cowboy and concept artist behind such films as The Matrix. After some days of preparation and two pages of neatly typed out questions, we met over zoom an immediately discarded any pretense of a formal interview to enjoy a free-wheeling conversation which covered his comics & movie work, tales of interesting people he’s met and a surprisingly in-depth conversation of the many Kung Fu & Samurai films which we both love and consider influences.
Many of those details will be covered in the official interview at KungFuMagazine.com
But below you’ll find some of the enjoyable tangents we took which might be more of interest to comic and movie aficionados in particular.