Craig Yoe

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Craig Yoe (born February 23, 1951) is an author, editor, art director, graphic designer, cartoonist and comics historian, best known for his Yoe! Studio creations and his line of Yoe! Books. Publishers Weekly labeled Yoe a "comics archaeologist" because of the sometimes forgotten, obscure or hard-to-find comic strips and comic books he has unearthed for his meticulous restorations and hardcover reprints. The Yoe! Studio is located in Peekskill, New York, where he works with his wife and business partner, the editor-designer Clizia Gussoni.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Craig Yoe was born in Des Moines, Iowa, Yoe attended Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio and the University of Akron before dropping out to concentrate on counter-cultural activities and the anti-war movement.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

In the early 70's Yoe was a leader in the Akron Jesus People movement, creating a newspaper/Christian comic first called "The Acorn" and later, "Jesus Loves You".[1] In 1970, Yoe commissioned legendary surf artist and friend Rick Griffin to do the painting "Rock of Ages" which became the cover for "Jesus Loves You" (published by Zondervan).[2][3]

Early in his career, Yoe was senior designer at Marvin Glass & Associates, where he worked on Cabbage Patch Kids and My Little Pony toys. Recruited by Jim Henson, Yoe became the creative director and general manager of the Muppets, working on everything from theme parks to television shows. After Henson's death, Yoe opened his own company, the Yoe! Studio, creating publications, style guides, packaging, press kits, logos and toys. The Yoe! Studio client list includes Kellogg’s, Disney, Nickelodeon, Marvel and DC Comics. Clizia Gussoni is Yoe's wife, business partner and the co-creative director of Yoe! Studio.[citation needed]

Yoe also handles The Adventures of Big Boy comic book, distributed to Big Boy Restaurants, as he discussed with Steven Heller:

We produce everything from start to finish. We interview celebrities from Britney Spears (when she was more wholesome, remember?) to SpongeBob SquarePants. We produce the comic stories that are still the heart of the publication. Luke McDonnell, another Marvel graduate, is our staff artist at Yoe! Studio. Luke is an incredible visual storyteller who gives Big Boy and friends a delightful modern flair. We get freelance writers Craig Boldman and Bob Supina to do the scripts. When she has time, my business partner, Clizia Gussoni, pens some of the stories with her own magic. It goes from our printer right to the warehouse that houses all the food and napkins, then is trucked to the individual restaurants across the country. The kids love ’em. We get many enthusiastic letters and incredible drawings of Big Boy that we include in each issue.[dead link][4]

As of 2010 Yoe is an Adjunct Professor of Art at Syracuse University.[5]

Books[edit]

Yoe followed The Art of Mickey Mouse (co-author Janet Yoe-Morra, Rizzoli, 1991) with books for several different publishers: The Mighty Big Book of Optical Illusions (Price Stern Sloan, 2002), Clean Cartoonists’ Dirty Drawings (Last Gasp, 2007), Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-creator Joe Shuster (Abrams, 2009), The Great Anti-War Cartoons (Fantagraphics, 2009), Boody (Fantagraphics, 2009) and Krazy Kat & the Art of George Herriman: A Celebration (Abrams, 2011).[6]

In 2012, Yoe co-edited IDW's Popeye comic book miniseries, illustrated by Bruce Ozella.

Yoe! Books/IDW[edit]

In 2010, Yoe launched his own imprint, Yoe! Books, with IDW.

Awards[edit]

  • Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators[5]
  • Addy Award (for his MTV station ID)[5]
  • Eisner Award[5]
  • 4th Annual Jerry Bails Award For Excellence in Fandom, at 2013 Detroit Fanfare

Personal life[edit]

Yoe is married to Clizia Gussoni, who is also his creative partner.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richards, Dan. "Canton Jesus People". one-way.org. Retrieved December 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Griffin, Rick". Christian Comics International. Retrieved December 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ Griffin, Rick; McClelland, Gordon (2002). "Rick Griffin". Last Gasp. p. 46. 
  4. ^ "Big Deal on Big Boy Street: An Interview with Craig Yoe". May 1, 2000. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e Blitz, Stefan (December 13, 2010). "FOG! Interview: Comics Archaeologist CRAIG YOE!". Forces of Geek. 
  6. ^ Cornog, Martha (15 September 2011). "Graphic Novels Reviews, September 15, 2011". Library Journal. 

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