The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced yesterday that writer/illustrator Darwyn Cooke will be appearing on Jan. 30th to discuss his much acclaimed graphic novel adaptation of Richard Stark‘s classic roman noir, The Hunter.

The marriage between Cooke’s square-jawed, old school aesthetic and the hard-boiled prose of Stark (actually a pseudonym of the late Donald E. Westlake) has proven successful on number of levels, from the gut on up to holier-than-thou echelons of literary criticism . Not bad for a comic book version of 48-year-old crime novel that has already been adapted to film twice — first in 1967 as Point Blank with Lee Marvin in the lead and again in 1999’s Payback starring Mel Gibson.

According to the Smithsonian’s a press release issued by the author, the event will begin at 4 pm and include a presentation by Cooke showcasing artwork and detailing his adaptation process. A signing will follow. Check out the whole story here.

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