Chip Zdarsky

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Chip Zdarsky
Born Steven Murray
December 21, 1975
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Area(s) Artist
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 comics' fan base as Chip Zdarsky, and has also used the pseudonym 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 the creator of Prison Funnies and Monster Cops and artist and co-creator of Sex Criminals with writer Matt Fraction.

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Chip Zdarsky is a Toronto-based comic book artist, illustrator and designer. He has illustrated for such clients as the Globe & Mail, New York magazine, CBC and Canadian Business. Since 2000, he has also worked as a comics creator, developing his own independent projects, such as Prison Funnies[1] and Monster Cops (which can be read online or in print) as well as collaborating on a variety of projects, including Dark Horse Comics titles Fierce and Rumble Royale. He currently pens and illustrates a weekly advice column for the National Post called Extremely Bad Advice. He also did another column in that paper, Tear Jerk, in which he reviewed films to see if they could actually make him "weep like a baby."

Along with Kagan McLeod, Ben Shannon, and Cameron Stewart, he is a co-founder of the studio The Royal Academy of Illustration and Design, which produced Rumble Royale.

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.[1]

Zdarsky recently concluded a comedic "friendship" with his local Applebee's chain on Facebook, which increased his popularity in the U.S.[2]

In June of 2013, Image Comics announced that Chip Zdarsky had teamed up with Invincible Iron Man and Hawkeye writer, Matt Fraction, on a new creator-owned series titled Sex Criminals. The first issue was released on September 23, 2013. Sex Criminals was declared number 1 on Time Magazine's list of Top Ten Comics and Graphic Novels of 2013. [3] The first trade collection of Sex Criminals issues #1-5 was released on April 16th 2014.

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