At the age of five Erwin Coopersmith discovered "The Adventures of Theodore E. Bear" Saturday morning television show. It was about an animatronic bear who goes on amazing adventures searching for lost treasures. For the next seven years Erwin would eat his sugary cereals and watch intently the adventures Theodore would go on. A week after an episode ended on a cliffhanger Erwin waited patiently for the conclusion but sadly the show did not appear the next Saturday. In fact, the production was canceled due to expense and lack of ratings. Erwin would spend his teenage years and early twenties collecting memorabilia and trying to find out the conclusion to that cliffhanger but all of his searches would hit a dead end.

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THE ADVENTURES OF THEODORE E. BEAR (C) 2011, ALAMO BUCKAROO (C) 2012 & (C) 2013, PROFESSOR FINEAS HOBBS (C) 2014, CHARACTERS AND ALL ART ARE COPYRIGHT (C) 2015 GAYNE A. DARROW JR. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. NONE OF THE CONTENTS ON THIS WEBSITE, BE IT PUBLISHED COMIC BOOKS AND ALL ART MAY NOT BE USED, REPRINTED, PUBLISHED OR COPIED WITHOUT THE WRITTEN PERMISSION OF GAYNE A. DARROW JR.

BIOGRAPHY

I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I was introduced at an early age to what would become one of my obsessions, movies. My parents packed me in tight in the back of their Cherokee Chief Jeep to go to the local drive-in theater to see Raiders of the Lost Ark. I was snug in a sleeping bag when I heard such a weird sound that turned out to be cocking of a gun.  So I popped my head up and peaked my eyes over the back seat to see Indiana Jones use his whip to disarm the guide. John Williams' score got louder as Indiana Jones showed us his face. My mind raced as my interest in the magic taking place on screen mesmerized me.  I watched intensely as Indy maneuvered through difficult obstacles to get to the idol and escape certain death only to be out done by his French counterpart.  I of course couldn't stay awake throughout the whole film but every time there was an explosion I would instantly pop up. I would like to tell you that I was brave enough to watch the opening of the Ark of the Covenant but I couldn't lie to you because this young boy couldn't keep his hands from shielding his eyes while the faces melted and heads explode. It was only a year later that I was introduced to another world that would feed my imagination and change my life and that was the world of Star Wars. I wasn't alive when A New Hope came out and I was only a few months old when The Empire Strikes Back came out. Luckily I was old enough to see Return of the Jedi. My dad took me to it when it came out. It was at a theater that does not exist anymore but I remember people were dressed up as if it was Halloween but the coolest thing was that the theater had toys of the Millennium Falcon and X-Wings hanging from the ceiling while they had At-At dioramas incased in glass. The original Star Wars trilogy and Indiana Jones movies started my journey towards being an artist and comic books filled in the rest.

 

 

   The first comic book I ever saw was Marvel Team-Up #2 where Spider-Man teamed up with the Human Torch. I was a big collector early in my life but during the summer whenever I would accompany my mother to the grocery store I would find myself picking up a comic book. For those under thirty comic book stores were not available when I was young so I depended on the local grocery store. It wasn't until 1989 when my parents took my sister and I on a Griswald style vacation to California to go to Disneyland, Sea World and Universal Studios. We also spent time with my uncle Geof Darrow.  Seeing his studio changed my life. He was working on Hard Boiled at the time but what really caught my eye was the fact he was a grown man who still read comic books and had toys. He gave a few comic books that I still have and cherish to this day. They were Iron Man #150 where Iron Man and Dr. Doom were transported back in time to Camelot. Incredible Hulk #350 where the Gray Hulk fought The Thing with Dr. Doom thrown in for good measure. He gave me a Turok, Son of Stone comic. Just the idea of a Native American battling dinosaurs blew my mind.  He also gave me an issue of Star Spangled War Stories "The War that time Forgot." Dinosaurs and tanks. Can't get much better than that unless it's dinosaurs and cowboys. Yes, I love dinosaurs. From that moment on I collected comic books not really to make moneyoff of them but to actually read and enjoy the art. Shocking! I know. Artists like Geof Darrow, Gary Gianni, Jack Kirby, Barry Windsor-Smith, Berni Wrightson, Marshall Rogers, William Stout, Dave Stevens, Moebius, Michael Kaluta, Charles Vess, Arthur Adams, Frank Frazetta and Al Williamson influenced my style and storytelling. It wasn't just comic book and fantasy illustrators who influenced me but also filmmakers like Akira Kurosawa, Hayao Miyazaki, Sergio Leone, John Ford, Terry Gilliam, Ridley Scott and Ray Harryhausen.

 

 

   My love of comic books and movies lead to me working hard not only in school but at my drawing that would lead me to Chicago where I attended The American Academy of Art where I got a degree in illustration. I was also very lucky in meeting two great friends and filmmakers Elson Williams III and Corey Trotter. I started my career as a concept artist and storyboard artist for independent films and for Corey's and Elson's films "The Cookie Bandit," "Rivers" and "Regretful Decision." I have worked as a freelance illustrator for the past decade as a commissioned artist, storyboard artist and concept artist. I had aspirations to become a director but soon realized that my stories could not be put to film especially if they are being independently financed so I went back to my original direction which was comic books. In 2011 I realized my dream and self published my first comic book "The Adventures of Theodore E. Bear." To my surprise people who were not my family and friends bought my comic book at Wizard World. I learned from some of the mistakes made with my first book I introduced in 2012 my second book "Alamo Buckaroo" at Wizard World. I went on to do a second Alamo Buckaroo story and created a new character, Professor Fineas Hobbs.

 

I thank you for taking the time to check out my site, my work and reading this. I love what I do and I want to bring action, fun, humor, horror and fantasy in all of my stories. Without you I'm a crazy guy who tells stories to himself. Thank you.

 

GAYNE A. DARROW JR.

Alamo Buckaroo is a western, science fiction and fantasy comic book about a farm tractor robot turned bounty hunter. after the family he had worked for years and became part of their family was butchered by bandits. He goes on a long hunt to track down the bandits responsible for the families murder while along the way he meets a drunk, womanizing, gambling Tyrannosaurus Rex named Casanova. They would develop a partnership to search for those bandits responsible for his families death. along the way they hunt down other wanted men and monsters.

 

Below are samples from two early tales “the last song of willow spring” and a preview of “the phantom princess.”

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THE HISTORY OF HOBBS’ TRAVELING ODDITIES  HOBBS’ TRAVELING ODDITIES had humble beginnings where the astonishing Hugo Hobbs walked from town to town with his magic hat on his head and a suitcase full of magical wonders. In his early career as a magician he failed quite often . Weather his tricks fail to impress or failed to work lead to his inability to draw a crowd. It nearly doomed this soon to be great entertainer.. While visiting the village of Pretorous he noticed that the townspeople lived in fear. In fear of what? A man-made monster sewn together using body part parts from a dozen departed villagers. Knowing there was no money to be made in Pretorous Hugo left the village only to come face to face with said monster. Not knowing how to handle the situation Hugo started a conversation with the monster. He spoke to him as if he was an ordinary man. It surprise the creature as the conversation ease and calm the monster. Hugo treating him as an equal for the first time in his existence. For the monster was never really a monster it was the creator who should bore the name monster. Hugo learned that the creature was tormented by the souls of the 12 departed villagers. Hugo agreed to help his new friend with coming to terms with who he is and reconciliation with the villagers. And most important the families whose loved ones were used as parts to create him. The villagers and the creature finally had closure. The name of the creator and creature are still unknown to this day. From that day forward word got out about Hobbs’ DEED. He would travel from the village to village taking in those who were considered oddities and outcasts. He created Hobbs traveling oddities. It was never meant to demean them or exploit them. Those who traveled with him were family and if they wanted to move on they had the freedom to do so. Three years pass, Hobbs’ traveling oddities is a great success. Now traveling by stagecoach Hugo finished a show in Talbot Square we he is sucked into another dimension. There he meets his future wife the lovely an exotic escape artist and witch Ezmeralda Zanara. She taught Hugo how to travel between dimensions and henceforth, Hobbs’ traveling oddities is a dimensional phenomena. Six months later Hugo and Ezmerelda wed. A year after their only son Fineas was born. A Hobbs family traveled together performing and showcasing the great wonders of the dimensions. Life was fruitful until tragedy struck. before Fineas turned sixteen his parents disappeared. Where and how was never been concluded leaving hundreds of theories about their disappearance. Hobbs traveling oddities nearly went bankrupt until Fineas invented the motorized unicycle. He used the profits to keep his families business a float until he finished university and would become famous to every dimension as Professor Fineas Hobbs.

ART GALLERY

Creature From The Black Lagoon

The Frankenstein Monster

Bride of Frankenstein

King Kong - 2005 Version

Arthurian Mech Knight

 Mad Mech The Road Warrior

Eliza Stonefist

Alycee Scaletail

Gabridorah

Robby, the Robot In "First Date"

Prof. Fineas Hobbs and his Mighty 3

The

Journey

Yohan, the Wise

Theodore

E. Bear II

Theodore

E. Bear Portrait I

Theodore

E. Bear Water Color I

Theodore

E. Bear Water Color II

The Dragon Gorbah I

The Dragon Gorbah II

Forest Elemental

Heroic

Trio

Yoda

Vampa

UltraMech Vs. UniSquid

Amy Pond

FAN ART

Crimson the Huntress w/ Seriah

Asp, the goblin snake

 Florinal, the warrior elf

Hanie Colt, monster slayer

Ilza, the Horned Queen

Mauraella the

fairy

Revenge

The Sacrifice

 

Tulah the woodland elf

Trick "R" Treat

Harryhausen

FILM WORK

STORYBOARDS

CONCEPT ART

THE ADVENTURES OF THEODORE E. BEAR (C) 2011, ALAMO BUCKAROO (C) 2012 & (C) 2013, PROFESSOR FINEAS HOBBS (C) 2014, CHARACTERS AND ALL ART ARE COPYRIGHT (C) 2015 GAYNE A. DARROW JR. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. NONE OF THE CONTENTS ON THIS WEBSITE, BE IT PUBLISHED COMIC BOOKS AND ALL ART MAY NOT BE USED, REPRINTED, PUBLISHED OR COPIED WITHOUT THE WRITTEN PERMISSION OF GAYNE A. DARROW JR.

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THE ADVENTURES OF THEODORE E. BEAR (C) 2011, ALAMO BUCKAROO (C) 2012 & (C) 2013, PROFESSOR FINEAS HOBBS (C) 2014, CHARACTERS AND ALL ART ARE COPYRIGHT (C) 2015 GAYNE A. DARROW JR. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. NONE OF THE CONTENTS ON THIS WEBSITE, BE IT PUBLISHED COMIC BOOKS AND ALL ART MAY NOT BE USED, REPRINTED, PUBLISHED OR COPIED WITHOUT THE WRITTEN PERMISSION OF GAYNE A. DARROW JR.