Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1956, David Victor “Dave” Sim dropped out of high school to pursue a career in comic books.
In the 1970s he worked on a fanzine, The Now and Then Times (Now and Then Books was the comic book store Sim had worked at for his first job) and then another called Comic Art News and Reviews. He worked for several other fanzines, wrote a newspaper strip, and produced several small-press comics.
In 1977, Sim began self-publishing Cerebus, a black-and-white comic about a dark medieval world and a cynical and violent aardvark (originally parodied on Conan the Barbarian). In 2004 Sim completed his planned 300-issue run of Cerebus.
In 2006, he began an online comic biography of the Canadian actress Siu Ta. He is now working on two new projects, a Holocaust book called Judenhass and a women’s fashion comic book called glamorpuss.
Sim won an Eisner Award in 1994, a Harvey Award in 1992, a Kirby in 1985 and 1987, and several other accolades. He is considered by many to be the king of independent comics, having produced the longest-running independent comic of all time.
Born in 1965, Nat Gertler started in comics as a translation writer, working on the English language adaptation of Speed Racer for Now Comics back in 1988.
He wrote contributions to Warp Graphics’ ElfQuest and to Calibur Comics’ Negative Burn in the 1990s, and then founded About Comics, a small comic book publishing company whose focus has been on quality rather than quantity.
Gertler published his own miniseries, The Factor, through About, and garnered an Eisner Award nomination for it in 1999.
He also created the 24 Hour Comics Day event, edited a variety of comic books and nonfiction books, and has written not only comic books but fiction, nonfiction, television scripts, and video games.
Born in 1953, James Vance did not enter the comic book industry until he was 35, when Kitchen Sink published his comic book Kings in Disguise. The series earned a Harvey Award and an Eisner Award for best new series in 1989, and a second Eisner for best single issue or story.
Vance wrote Neil Gaiman’s Mr. Hero the Newmatic Man for Tekno Comix in the mid-’90s. He has contributed scripts for several Batman and The Crow comics, and for Dark Horse Comics’ Aliens and Predator lines.
Vance is also a playwright, and has won several national awards in that industry.
Comic book artist Rick Burchett was born in 1952. He originally worked in advertising in St. Louis, Missouri but was always a comic book fan. In the early 1980s he switched to comics professionally and worked for several smaller comic book publishers before joining DC.
His first DC title was Blackhawk, but that was quickly followed by Batman, Superman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and others. Burchett has won two Eisner Awards, for his art on The Batman and Robin Adventures and Batman: The Gotham Adventure.
His most recent work has been on Marvel’s She-Hulk.
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