Ben Templesmith

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Ben Templesmith
Ben Templesmith at NYCC 2011-2.JPG
Born (1984-03-07) 7 March 1984 (age 30)
Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Dual: Australian and British
Area(s) Writer, Artist
Notable works
30 Days of Night
Fell
Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse
Singularity 7
Welcome To Hoxford
Awards Spike TV Scream Award
IHG Award
Eagle Award

Official website

Ben Templesmith (born 7 March 1984) is an Australian comic book artist best known for his work in the American comic book industry, most notably the Image Comics series Fell, with writer Warren Ellis, and IDW's 30 Days of Night with writer Steve Niles, which was adapted into a motion picture of the same name. He has also created book covers, movie posters, trading cards, and concept work for film.

Early life[edit]

Templesmith was born 7 March 1984, in Perth, Western Australia.[1] He graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor's Degree in Design, and holds a diploma of Cartoon and Graphic Art from the Australian College of Journalism.[2]

Career[edit]

Templesmith produced his first commercial American comics work in 2002, providing the art for Todd McFarlane Productions' Hellspawn, which was published by Image Comics. He has gone on to create his own original works as well as contribute to many licensed properties at various publishers, most notably IDW Publishing, with which he had an exclusive agreement through most of 2008 and part of 2009 before returning to being a freelancer.

Among licensed properties that Templesmith has worked on include illustrating "Dark Journey", a story in issue #17 of the Dark Horse Comics anthology series Star Wars Tales in 2003, and the covers to Devil's Due Publishing's Army of Darkness: Ashes to Ashes #1 in 2004 and IDW's G.I. Joe #0 in 2008.

Original works Templesmith has produced include the miniseries Welcome to Hoxford, the New York Times best-selling Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse [3] Tommyrot: The Art of Ben Templesmith, Conluvio and Choker at Image Comics with writer Ben McCool. He also provided a number of covers for the Oni Press series Wasteland.

In April 2012 DC Entertainment announced that Templesmith will be one of the artists illustrating a new digital Batman series whose stories will be set outside of the regular DC continuity.[4]

Awards[edit]

Nominations[edit]

  • 2005 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series (for 30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow, with Steve Niles)[8]
  • 2005 Eisner Award for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (for 30 for Days of Night: Return to Barrow)[8]
  • 2006 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series (with Warren Ellis for Fell)[9]
  • 2006 Eisner Award for Best New Series (with Warren Ellis for Fell)[9]
  • 2006 Eisner Award for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (for Fell)[9]
  • 2007 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series (with Frank Beddor, Liz Cavalier for The Looking Glass Wars: Hatter M)[10]
  • 2007 Eisner Award for Painter/Multimedia Artist (for The Looking Glass Wars: Hatter M)[10]
  • 2006 International Horror Guild Award for Illustrated Narrative (with Steve Niles for Dark Days)[11]
  • 2006 International Horror Guild Award for Graphic Narrative (with Steve Niles and Ashley Wood for 30 Days of Night issues 1 -3)[11]
  • 2007 Horror Guild Award for Illustrated Narrative (for Wormwood Gentleman Corpse: Birds, Bees, Blood & Beer)[5]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Comics[edit]

Game books[edit]

Art books[edit]

  • Tommyrot: The Art of Ben Templesmith (IDW Publishing)
  • Conluvio: The Art of Ben Templesmith, Vol. 2 (IDW Publishing)
  • SquidGirls: Erotica Tentacular

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Ben Templesmith". bentemplesmith.com. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  2. ^ Giles, Keith (31 August 2001). "Artists on the Verge: Ben Templesmith". Comic Book Resources.
  3. ^ Gustines, George Gene (20 March 2009). "Graphic Books Best Seller Lists: March 14"/ The New York Times.
  4. ^ Truitt, Brian (13 April 2012). "Batman, 'Smallville' lead DC Comics' digital charge" USA Today.
  5. ^ a b "The INTERNATIONAL HORROR GUILD AWARDS for WORKS from 2007". Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  6. ^ Furey, Emmett (23 October 2007). "CBR @ Spike TV's Scream Awards 2007". Comic Book Resources.
  7. ^ "2010 Eagle Award winners". The Beat. 30 October 2010
  8. ^ a b 2005 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards; Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  9. ^ a b c 2006 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards; Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  10. ^ a b 2007 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards; Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  11. ^ a b 2006 Horror Guild Award winners and nominees; HorrorAward.org. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  12. ^ Ekstrom, Steve (28 February 2008). Ben Templesmith - Moving into Dead Space. Newsarama

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