Darren Zenko passed away today at the age of 38 from sinus cancer. Most people know him best as video game reviewer for Vue Magazine, See Magazine, Edmonton Journal, or the Toronto Star. He also had a radio show on CJSR. My younger friends know him as a guy that “do voice overs in of the biggest video game series of all time” (Mass Effect).
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For me, though, I’ve known him as a classmate, a friend, and much, much more. In high school, we hung out in the art room. He was my first life drawing model. Later on, I ran into him again at a Halloween party where he was dressed as John Constatine. He even bleached his hair blonde to fit the part! Damn, he looked great! After that we watched martial arts movies, played video games (he even gave me a few of his review copies), and just chilled out. Eventually we drifted.
It’s funny. I’ve been down the path of life lost more often than someone my age should. I’ve lost so many people close to me, including my father and my childhood best friend, but I’m taking the death of Darren Zenko pretty damn hard. He meant more to me than I realized.
The Edmonton Journal had a touching article of how his friends pulled together and made him an amazing quilt. The love they poured into it is beyond words. The article also mentions how a comic based on one of his stories is being made. I’ve already had a few people ask me how to get a copy of the comic. I promise, I will look into it. If you’re interested in buying an issue, please email me. Thanks so much.
Darren, thank you for our time together. You’ll always be my John Constantine.