December 21, 1975
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
|Notable works||Prison Funnies, Monster Cops, Extremely Bad Advice|
Chip Zdarsky is a Canadian comic book artist and journalist. He was born Steve Murray but is known by his fan base as Chip Zdarsky, and occasionally Todd Diamond. He writes and illustrates an advice column called Extremely Bad Advice for the Canadian national newspaper National Post's The Ampersand, their pop culture section's online edition. He is also the creator of Prison Funnies and Monster Cops.
Chip Zdarsky has been involved in the Toronto comic scene for ten years. Having started as an erstwhile illustrator, and comics creator working on his own comics, such as Prison Funnies and Monster Cops (which can be read online or in print), Zdarsky has collaborated on a variety of projects, including Dark Horse Comics' Fierce and Rumble Royale. He currently pens and illustrates a weekly advice column for the National Post called Extremely Bad Advice, as well as another column, Tear Jerk, in which he reviews films for their ability to make him "weep like a baby."
In 2010, he also launched a mock campaign for Mayor of Toronto. He was not a real registered candidate, launching his satirical "campaign" through social networking platforms after the deadline had passed to register as a candidate in the real campaign.
In June of 2013 it was announced by Image Comics that Chip would illustrate a new series by Invincible Iron Man and Hawkeye writer, Matt Fraction, on a new creator owned series titled Sex Criminals. This will be Chips first publication from one of the major comic book publications.
Comics work includes:
Collected Prison Funnies (2001)
Rumble Royale #1 (2003)
Vampirella Comics Magazine #7 (2004)
Comic Festival! Free Comic Book Day (2005)
Chip Zdarsky's Monster Cops (2006)
Drawing the Line #2 (2006)
Comic Festival! Free Comic Book Day (2007)
Prison Funnies #3 (2009)
Comic Festival! Free Comic Book Day (2009)
Sex Criminals (2013)
Extremely Bad Advice articles:
I Can't Always Be There For You 
Easy Bake Lovin' 
Queen of Tarts, Prints of Wails 
Plato Can Suck It 
Ditching For the Other Team 
Todd Diamond "Finansense"
A series of five recession-oriented video blogs satirising financial advisors were created featuring Murray as Todd Diamond. These were followed up with a three-part series on using and understanding Twitter. They can be found on the National Post website , and also on YouTube.
- "Steve Murray Hates Toronto, and Wants to Be Your Mayor". Torontoist, October 1, 2010.