I only knew Darwyn Cooke through his work.

I was up at 4:20 am the morning the news broke. I saw the tweets as I was drinking my cup of coffee before getting ready to go to work at my day job. I was saddened but I didn’t realize how much news of Darwyn’s passing would affect me until my wife woke up a mere few minutes before I walked out the door. I told her, “We lost Darwyn Cooke today.” I could feel tears welling up in my eyes. 

Throughout my work day, I’d sneak off to look at Twitter.  People tweeted their grief, told anecdotes and posted his artwork in memory. 

Rather than adding my voice to the chorus. I read and I thought. 

I wondered what would be the best way I could honor the memory of Darwyn Cooke? 

I bought a composition notebook on my way home from work and I started scripting a crime comic in it. At the time of this writing, I’m 8 pages in. I have no idea where the story goes or if it’ll even turn into something tangible. 

If you are like me, someone that is fortunate enough to channel grief into something creative and you are looking for an outlet — go get a notebook or a sketchbook and make something.