Shaolin Cowboy

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Shaolin Cowboy

Cover of Shaolin Cowboy #1 (December 2004).
Art by Geof Darrow.
Publication information
Publisher Burlyman Entertainment
Dark Horse Comics
Schedule Burlyman:
Irregular
Dark Horse:
Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre Action, adventure
Publication date December 2004 – Present
Number of issues Burlyman:
7
Dark Horse:
4
Creative team
Writer(s) Geof Darrow
Artist(s) Geof Darrow
Letterer(s) Peter Doherty
Colorist(s) Peter Doherty
Dave Stewart
Creator(s) Geof Darrow
Editor(s) Spencer Lamm
Collected editions
Volume 1 ISBN 2-8094-0277-9

Shaolin Cowboy is an American comic book series created, co-written (opening dialog in each issue is written by the Wachowskis) and drawn by artist Geof Darrow.[1] The book was published irregularly by Burlyman Entertainment.

The last issue Shaolin Cowboy #7 hit the stands in May 2007, a year after #6 went on sale.

At the 2011 Toronto, San Diego and New York Comic Cons, Dark Horse Comics announced that they would be publishing three new Shaolin Cowboy comics, starting with a new Number One. The first issue of the new Dark Horse series has been solicited for release on October 9, 2013 as an ongoing series.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

The book is about an unnamed former Shaolin monk who wanders the land with a talking mule named Lord Evelyn Dunkirk Winniferd Esq. the Third. Having been "asked" to leave the Shaolin temple, he has since had a bounty placed on his head, which many are eager to collect. Given the Shaolin Cowboy's prowess in martial arts, however, this will be very difficult.

Taking place in an unspecified time setting (as the first issue notes, "the day after yesterday and a week before tomorrow"), the book features extremely detailed artwork and equally violent and absurd action scenes; in one, the main character battles a giant shark with a human head in its mouth using two chainsaws tied on the ends of a long stick -- which all takes place in the canalization in the stomach of a lizard, on whose back a city is located.

Collected editions[edit]

The series was translated into French and collected into a number of trade paperbacks by Panini Comics:

Awards[edit]

Shaolin Cowboy was nominated for three Eisner Awards in 2005 for "Best New Series", "Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team", and "Best Coloring".[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brady, Matt (December 15, 2004). "Geof Darrow on Shaolin Cowboy". Newsarama. Archived from the original on December 15, 2004. Retrieved April 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Dark Horse OCTOBER 2013 Solicitations". Newsarama. July 11, 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ 2005 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Comic Book Awards Almanac

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