Lash, Batton - In the
1980s and early 1990s Lash drew Wolff & Byrd stories for such publications as TSR's Polyhedron, American Fantasy,
and Monster Scene. Original W&B stories have also appeared in a number of comic books, including Satan's Six, Mr. Monster,
Munden's Bar, Frankie's Frightmare, Crack-a-Boom, The Big Bigfoot Book, and Panorama. Since May 1994, W&B have held court
in their own bimonthly comic book, Supernatural Law, from Exhibit A Press, which Lash established with his wife, Jackie Estrada.
Mashimo, Koichi - Director of anime Noir, the 26-episode anime series
from 2001, that is a story of two young female assassins who embark together on a personal journey to seek answers about mysteries from their past.
While at first they seem to be only vaguely related to each other, there are clues and hints given throughout the series that there are more than
meets their eyes. During the course of the series, they are lured into more and more traps by a secret organization named Les Soldats ("The
Soldiers" in French). The anime draws inspirations and influences from two prominent films by French director Luc
Besson, Leon and Nikita.
Medley, Linda - Creator of comic book series Castle Waiting, set in a world of fairy tales and mythology featuring a mix of old-fashioned
storytelling and more ironic, modern touches.
McCloud, Scott - A a cartoonist and leading popular scholar of comics as a distinct literary
and artistic medium. He is best known as a comics theorist, following the publication in 1993 of Understanding Comics, a wide-ranging exploration of the definition, history, vocabulary,
and methods of the medium of comics, itself done in comics form. As the most ambitious book on the subject to date, it sparked considerable discussion
among comics creators and readers, and is now widely considered one of the definitive works about the medium of comics. Also see Wikipedia article.
McKeever, Ted - An award-winning American comics artist. Metropol (Epic 1991-1992)
is an epic story of the fight between angels and demons, but set in a modern industrial landscape. An apocalyptic work in which non-entity Jasper
Notochord becomes involved in a surreal fight between the forces of good and evil. The Extremist, a 4-parter written by Peter Milligan (Vertigo 1993) tells the tale of a woman who discovers that
her husband had a secret life, which she discovers upon his death. Her investigations lead her into a shocking world of extreme sex and violence.
Recently, McKeever has produced a number of works exploring alternative realities within the world of DC Superhero comics. With Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier, he has
produced Superman's Metropolis - Elseworlds, Batman Nosferatu and Wonder Woman: The Blue Amazon, all retellings of the DC mythos.
McNeil, Carla Speed - A sci-fi writer, cartoonist, and illustrator of comics. Her chief
work is the ongoing science fiction comic series Finder, which she has published since 1996, making her one of the few widely distributed
self-published comic artists working today. She has also written and illustrated comics for anthologies including Dignifying Science and Smut
Peddler, and worked as an illustrator on the Oni Press series Queen and Country. She is editor in
chief and print manager of Saucy Goose Press, which produces Smut Peddler and other related projects.
Mignola, Mike - Through the early 1990s, Mignola worked on such titles as Batman, Starman, and covers and backup features for various Marvel comics. With Howard
Chaykin and P. Craig
Russell, he worked on Fafhrd
and the Gray Mouser and Ironwolf: Fires of the Revolution. He illustrated the comics adaptation for Bram Stoker's Dracula for Topps Comics, having assisted with design and storyboarding for the Francis Ford Coppola film. Previously, Mignola had
always worked on characters and properties owned by others. He deviated from that practice in 1994, when Mignola's first Hellboy story, The Seed of Destruction, was published by Dark Horse Comics. Hellboy draws
heavily on Mignola's own interests - folklore, B-movies, ghost stories, monsters and pulp stories - and the series about a paranormal investigator
from Hell, the eponymous Hellboy, soon proved to be a popular and critical success. It has since been the endeavour Mignola has been most closely
connected with, and he has kept up a steady stream of Hellboy stories and merchandise.
Miller, Frank - An American writer, artist and film director best known for his film
noir-style comic book stories. He is acclaimed as one of the most influential and popular creators in comics today. In 1986 DC Comics released the first issue of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (commonly
shortened to DKR), a four-issue mini-series printed in the new prestige format, and written and drawn by Miller,
with colors by Lynn Varley and inks by Klaus Janson. The story told how Batman, retired after the
death of Robin, returns to fight
crime in a future where crime and violence have taken over. Meant as a possible finale for Batman, Miller created a tough, gritty portrayal of the
Dark Knight. Reaction to the series was like nothing seen before. Released the same year as Watchmen, it showed a new form of more 'adult-oriented' storytelling to a mainstream audience,
as well as diehard comics fans. 1990 saw Miller and artist Geoff Darrow start work on Hard Boiled, a three issue mini series which suffered from
long delays between issues. That aside, the title was a mix of violence and satire which was praised for Darrow's highly
detailed art and Miller's writing. In 1991 Miller started work on his first Sin City story. Serialised in Dark Horse Presents issues 51 to 62, this was Miller's first completely solo work
as he wrote and drew the story in black and white to emphasize its film noir origins. Proving to be another success,
the story was released in a trade paperback. This first Sin Cityyarn" was re-released in 2005 under
the name The Hard Goodbye. Sin City proved to be Miller's main project for much of the remainder of the decade as Miller told more Sin City stories within this noir world of his
creation. Also see Wikipedia article.
Millidge, Gary Spencer - Born in Hackney, London and studied art at Southend College of Technology.
In the 1980's he published several comic fanzines, culminating in the 1985 charity comic Food For Thought. In 1995 he began to self publish
the Strangehaven series, which continues to this day. In 2003 he co-edited and published Alan
Moore: Portrait Of An Extraordinary Gentleman, a tribute book to commemorate Alan Moore's 50th birthday, raising over £36,000 for charity.
O'Connell, Mitch - Chicago artist Mitch
O'Connell's illustrations have appeared everywhere from "traditional" comics by Charlton and DC to Heavy Metal to "cutting
edge" publications like Deadline and Juxtapoz. He published his first "graphic novel", The World of Ginger Fox in 1986
and followed that with two collections, Good Taste Gone Bad in 1993 and Pwease Wuv Me! in 1998. He has recently been concentrating
on tattoo designs and released his second "Tattoo Flash" package, Done While Drunk in 2002.
Otomo, Katsuhiro - A Japanese manga artist and anime director. He is best known for being the director of Akira, one of the most influental anime films, as well as the writer/artist for the
original Akira manga.
Outcault, R.F. and the Yellow Kid - In 1894 Richard Felton Outcault created
"Yellow Kid", but within a couple of years the character was appearing in both the New York World and its rival the New York Journal -
giving rise to the expression "Yellow Journalism." The R. F. Outcault Society's Yellow Kid Site includes an article by Richard D. Olson
on R. F. Outcault, The Father of the American Sunday Comics, and the Truth About the Creation of the Yellow Kid.
Pekar, Harvey - American
underground comic book writer. His friendship with Robert Crumb led to the creation of the autobiographical comic book series American Splendor, later adapted as a movie. Crumb and Pekar became
friends through their mutual love of jazz records, and Crumb became the first artist to illustrate American Splendor. The comic documents
daily life in the aging neighborhoods of Pekar's native Cleveland, where Pekar worked (throughout his life, even after gaining fame) as a file clerk
in a large Veteran's Administration hospital. Also see Wikipedia article.
Perez, George - A Puerto Rican-American illustrator and writer of comic books. Along with John
Byrne, he was arguably the most popular and influential artist in American comic books in the 1980s. He primarily illustrates superhero comics, mainly published by DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and is known for his clean, dynamic, yet ornate
style, with a strong emphasis on group superhero action scenes.
Pratt, George - Born in Beaumont, Texas, George Pratt moved to New York to study
drawing and painting at the Pratt Institute in 1980. His work appeared in Epic Illustrated, Heavy Metal, Eagle magazine and many
other publications. In 1990, he published his first graphic novel, 'Enemy Ace: War Idyll', at DC Comics/Warner Books. It is a brilliantly
artistic graphic novel about the First World War, which was nominated for both the Eisner Award and the Harvey Award. Later on,
has made a fully painted 'Batman' graphic novel, called 'Harvest Breed', and the 'Wolverine: Netsuke' miniseries for Marvel.
He has also worked as a teacher at the Pratt Institute and at the Joe Kubert School of Art.
Remi, George - Better known
by the pen name Herge, Remi was a Belgian comics writer and artist. Herge is the French pronunciation of R.G., the reverse
of his initials. His best-known and most substantial work is The Adventures of Tintin, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until his
death in 1983, which left the twenty-fourth Tintin adventure, Tintin and Alph-art, unfinished. His work remains a strong
influence on comics, particularly in Europe. He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in
Robins, Trina - An American comics artist and writer. She was an early and influential participant in the underground comix movement, and one of the few female artists in the fledgling underground comix movement. Also see Wikipedia.
Ross, Alex - American comic book painter acclaimed for the photorealism of his work. Ross is known for his love of the
vintage looks of classic characters and the more mythic elements of the superheroes. In the past ten years, Ross has done much work for
the industry's two largest and most historically important publishing houses Marvel and DC Comics, but Ross is also the co-creator of Astro City, an original series that explores superhero mythology. Although
he is a prominent figure for both DC and Marvel, he is better known as a DC artist, as much of his best work (such as Kingdom
Come) were created for DC. Due to the time and effort required to render his complex paintings, he is often hired to draw covers
rather than interiors.
Rucka, Greg - American writer of novels and comic books. In the 1990s, Rucka would
hop onto the comic scene with his highly praised Whiteout, published through Oni Press. Whiteout focuses on a murder in an Antarctic
base. It was followed by a sequel, Whiteout: Melt. The majority of Rucka's work today is for DC Comics, where he is the current writer of Checkmate and a co-writer on the weekly series 52. Gotham Central - the series Rucka co-created with fellow scribe Ed Brubaker was recently concluded by Rucka alone after Brubaker left
DC to work exclusively with Marvel. (Both Rucka - and Brubaker - had previously dealt with Batman and his supporting cast in Detective Comics, which Rucka wrote on a regular basis following
the events of No Man's Land; he also penned
the novelization of the aforementioned year-long arc.) Rucka is commonly considered to be one of the "Big Five" writers at DC Comics, along
with Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Mark Waid and Judd
Winick. On the DC comic 52,Johns, Morrison and Waid are his co-writers. He has also done work for Marvel
Comics - including runs on Wolverine, Elektra and the mini-series Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra - and for Image Comics. His series Queen and Country resumed
publication at Oni Press in 2006. Also see Wikipedia article.
Sacco, Joe - A Maltese
comics artist and journalist. He achieved international fame through his comic on the Bosnian War, Safe Area Goražde, and the 1996 American Book Award-winning Palestine.
Scarfe, Gerald - has been political cartoonist for the London Sunday Times for
42 years, and has worked for The New Yorker magazine for 17 years. His work regularly appears in many periodicals.
Seagle, Steven - Seagle has written for Superman and Uncanny
X-Men as well as House of Secrets: Foundation, a supernatural court drama comic. He's teamed up with artist Teddy Kristiansen for
the new graphic novel, It's a Bird. In this semi-autographical book Seagle deconstructs the classic Superman myth and reflects
on power and powerlessness.
Sellheim, Anna - Cartoonist and teacher, having taught multiple cartooning classes to students of all ages.
Smith, Barry-Windsor - British comic book illustrator and painter whose
best known work has been produced in the United States. Granted residential status in the United States, Windsor-Smith in 1974 set up Gorblimey Press,
through which he released limited-edition prints of fantasy-based subjects that proved popular. As well, he was one of the four comic book artists-turned-fine-illustrator/painters
who, along with Jeff Jones, Mike Kaluta and Bernie Wrightson, formed a small artist's loft commune
in 1975 known as The Studio. By 1979 they'd produced enough material to issue a handsome art book under the name The Studio, which was published by Dragon Dreams. By this point, Windsor-Smith had fully embraced a symbolist and Pre-Raphaelitism aesthetic. Windsor-Smith returned to Marvel in the
1980s as the artist of a Machine Man limited
series, and as the writer and artist of the serialized Weapon X feature in Marvel Comics Presents. The latter was Windsor-Smith's
own, original conception of the origin of the X-Men character Wolverine. During this period he also produced a well-regarded story featuring The
Thing and Human Torch that was published in Marvel Fanfare. Also see Wikipedia article.
Smith, Jeff - American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the self-published comic book
Smith, Kevin - A life-long comic book fan, Kevin's early forays into comic books dealt with
previously established View Askew characters, and were published by Oni Press.
He wrote a short Jay and Silent Bob story about Walt Flanagan's dog in Oni Double Feature #1, and followed it with a Bluntman
and Chronic story in Oni Double Feature #12. He followed these with a series of Clerks comics. The first was simply Clerks: The Comic Book, which told of
Randal's attempts to corner the market on Star Wars toys. The second was Clerks: Holiday Special, where Dante and Randal discover
that Santa Claus lives in an apartment between the Quick Stop and RST Video. Third was Clerks: The Lost Scene, showing
what happened inside Poston's Funeral Parlor. (This issue was later animated and included as an extra on the 10th Anniversary Clerks DVD.)
These will all be collected in the forthcoming trade Tales From the Clerks, which also includes a new story. Also see Wikipedia article.
Spiegelman, Art - An American comics artist, editor and advocate for
the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic memoir, Maus. Spiegelman was a major figure in the underground comics movement of the 1960s and 1970s, contributing
to publications such as Real Pulp, Young Lust and Bizarre Sex. He co-founded two significant comics anthology publications, Arcade (along with Bill
Griffith) in the early 70's in San Francisco, and RAW with his wife, artist (and, later, Art Editor of the New Yorker) Françoise Mouly, in 1980. Together with many other
innovative works, RAW serialized Maus, which retraces his parents' story as they survived the Holocaust. In 1986, he released the first volume of Maus (Maus
I: A Survivor's Tale, also known as Maus I: My Father Bleeds History) The second volume, Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began followed
in 1991. Maus attracted an unprecedented amount of critical attention for a work in the form of comics, including an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and a special Pulitzer
Prize in 1992.
Studdy, George and "Bonzo the Dog" - George Studdy began drawing Bonzo the Dog in The
Sketch in 1922, and the character gained enormous popularity, appearing on postcards and souvenirs as well as in twenty six animated cartoons
released in 1924 and 1925.
Takahata, Isao -
One of the most famous directors of anime, or Japaneseanimatedfilms. His four animated films at Studio Ghibli have spanned a remarkable
range of genres: war-film (Grave of the Fireflies), romantic drama (Only Yesterday), comedy (My Neighbors the Yamadas),
and ecological adventure (Pom-Poko). Of these Grave of the Fireflies, in particular, is widely considered one of the greatest
animated films ever made.
Williams, Kent - American painter, illustrator and comic book artist. Among his works,
the miniseries Havok & Wolverine: Meltdown for Epic Comics (1989) and Blood: A Tale, written by J. M. DeMatteis. His work has been published in numerous national
and international publications including Playboy, Omni,
and The Learning Channel magazine. A catalogue of his paintings, Kent Williams:
Selected Works, was published in 1995.
Willingham, Bill - American writer and artist of comic books. He is best known for
creating the following comic book series: Elementals; Ironwood; Coventry; Pantheon; Proposition Player;
and currently, Fables.
Woodring, Jim - Comic book author and artist. Born in Los Angeles. Currently living in Seattle.
In 1980, he began self-publishing Jim, an anthology of comics,
dream art, and free-form writing which he described as an "autojournal". Jim was published as a regular series by Fantagraphics
Books starting in 1986, to critical acclaim if less than spectacular sales, and Woodring became a full-time cartoonist. Frank,
a wordless surrealist series which began as an occasional feature within Jim,
became his best-known work.
Wright, Shannon - Black female cartoonist, Illustrator and keeper of fanfiction.
Wrightson, Bernie - American artist known for his horror illustrations and comic books.
His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery #179
in 1968. He continued to work on a variety of mystery and anthology titles for both DC and its principal rival, Marvel
Comics. In 1971, with writer Len Wein,
Wrightson co-created the muck creature Swamp Thing for DC.
He also co-created Destiny, later to become famous in the work of Neil
Gaiman. By 1974, he had left DC to work at Warren
Publishing, for whose black-and-white horror-comics magazines he produced a series of original work as well as adaptations
of stories by H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar
Allan Poe. In 1975, Wrightson joined with fellow artists Jeff Jones, Michael Kaluta, and Barry Windsor-Smith to form "The Studio," a shared loft in Manhattan where the group would pursue creative products outside the constraints of comic
book commercialism. Though he continued to produce sequential art, Wrightson at this time began producing artwork for numerous posters, prints, calendars,
and even coloring books.
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