Greg Rucka

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Greg Rucka
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Rucka at a comic book convention during a meet-and-greet in 2004
Born Gregory Rucka
San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
Action Comics
Detective Comics
52
Gotham Central
Queen & Country
Stumptown
Whiteout
Wolverine
Wonder Woman
Awards 3 Eisner Awards
2004 Harvey Award for Best Single Issue or Story
2010 Annual GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book
Spouse(s) Jennifer Van Meter

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Gregory "Greg" Rucka is an American comic book writer and novelist, known for his work on such comics as Action Comics, Batwoman, Detective Comics, and the miniseries Superman: World of New Krypton for DC Comics, and for novels such as his Atticus Kodiak series.

Early life[edit]

Greg Rucka was born in San Francisco and raised on the Monterey Peninsula of California, in an area known to the locals as "Steinbeck Country". He first discovered comics at the Nob Hill Market in Salinas, California, where at age five, he first saw digest-sized black and white reprints of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's work on The Incredible Hulk, which he convinced his mother to buy. He began writing at a young age, and at age 10, he won a county-wide short story contest. He graduated from Vassar College with an A.B. in English. He then enrolled in the University of Southern California's Master of Professional Writing program, graduating with an M.F.A.. He names Douglas Adams as his biggest influence.[1][2]

Before becoming a professional fiction writer he worked in a number of other occupations, including house painting, restaurant work, emergency medical technician, security guard, technical writer and fight choreographer.[2]

Career[edit]

Rucka's writing career began with the Atticus Kodiak series. Kodiak is a bodyguard whose jobs are rarely as uncomplicated as they at first appear. The series to date consists of: Keeper, Finder, Smoker, Shooting at Midnight, Critical Space, Patriot Acts, and Walking Dead. These works garnered Rucka much critical acclaim and comparisons to the elite writers of crime/suspense fiction. The "Atticus" novels are notable for their realism and attention to detail, which are partly a product of Rucka's fight training and experience as an EMT. He has written three non-Atticus books: Fistful of Rain, A Gentleman's Game and Private Wars; the latter two are tie-ins to his comic book series Queen & Country.

In 1998, Rucka entered the comics industry with his highly praised Whiteout, published through Oni Press.[3] Whiteout focuses on a murder in an Antarctic base. It was followed by a sequel, Whiteout: Melt.

The majority of Rucka's work throughout the 2000s was for DC Comics,[3] where he was involved with their main trinity of characters: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Rucka wrote Batman on a regular basis in the Detective Comics series following the events of "No Man's Land'". He wrote the novelization of the year-long arc.[4] While writing Detective Comics, he created a number of background characters that led to the co-creation of Gotham Central with co-writer Ed Brubaker.[5] From October 2003 to April 2006 he wrote Wonder Woman after having previously written the character in the Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia original graphic novel.

From 2002 to 2004, he did some work for Marvel, including the start of the third volume of Wolverine,[6] Elektra and the mini-series Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra. He has worked for Image Comics. The first volume of his series Queen & Country concluded in July 2007 with issue #32.

He co-wrote Countdown to Infinite Crisis, a one-shot and the official start of the Infinite Crisis storyline, with Geoff Johns and Judd Winick.[7] Rucka's work on both Wonder Woman and Gotham Central ended in 2006. Although he was not involved in the main storyline of Infinite Crisis, he did write The OMAC Project[3] which built towards the event, focusing on Batman's distrust of other superheroes. This led to the revival of Checkmate, a UN authority that oversaw superheroes including Sasha Bordeaux, an integral character of The OMAC Project. He was a co-writer on the weekly series 52, which he co-wrote with Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, and Mark Waid.[8] This series chronicled in real-time the year following Infinite Crisis, and saw Rucka focus on Renee Montoya of Gotham Central and the creation of the new Batwoman, Kate Kane. Rucka returned to the Batwoman character frequently over the years in a 52 sequel The Crime Bible and Final Crisis: Revelations before by returning to Detective Comics with artist J. H. Williams III.[9][10]

Rucka wrote the screenplay for the "Crossfire" segment in the direct-to-DVD anime Batman: Gotham Knight, in which Crispus Allen, a character he created, appears.[11] In 2009, Rucka and artist Eddy Barrows took over Action Comics as the title moved its focus from Superman to Kryptonian heroes Nightwing and Flamebird in the aftermath of the "New Krypton" story arc.[12] As well as writing Action Comics, Rucka co-wrote the main New Krypton 12 part series with Superman writer James Robinson.

At Wondercon 2010 Rucka announced he would part ways with DC Comics to focus on his own projects, in part because of DC's failure to keep him on as writer of Wonder Woman: Earth One as promised.[13][14][15] Rucka then wrote The Punisher for Marvel Comics.[16]

On July 11, 2011, Rucka launched the webcomic Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether, a steampunk adventure series illustrated by Rick Burchett. New installments appear every Monday and Thursday.[17] In May 2013, Rucka launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of a print edition of Lady Sabre,[18] and achieved their initial funding goal of $27,500 within eight hours.[19]

Appearances in media[edit]

Rucka was featured as a character in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation comic book miniseries Dying in the Gutters, as someone who accidentally killed a comics gossip columnist while attempting to kill Joe Quesada over his perceived role in the cancellation of Gotham Central.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Rucka, his wife, author Jen Van Meter, and their two children, lived in Eugene, Oregon, and today live in Portland, Oregon.[1][2]

Rucka's best friend, David Hale Smith, is also his literary agent.[1]

Rucka names The Conversation, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Silence of the Lambs as his favorite films.[1] He enjoys the music of Dexter Gordon, Lester Bowie, Joe Jackson, Warren Zevon, and Melissa Ferrick. His other hobbies include roleplaying games, computer games, playing the guitar and collecting action figures. He previously rode a motorcycle, but stopped doing so after its battery died, and hopes one day to give it to someone.[2]

Awards[edit]

Wins[edit]

Nominations[edit]

  • 1999 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series (for Whiteout, with Steve Lieber)[26]
  • 1999 Eisner Award for Best Writer (for Whiteout)[26]
  • 2000 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: Reprint (for Whiteout, with Steve Lieber)[21]
  • 2000 Eisner Award for Best Writer (for Whiteout: Melt)[21]
  • 2002 Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story (for Queen & Country #1-4: "Operation: Broken Ground", with Steve Rolston)[22]
  • 2002 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series (for Queen & Country, with Steve Rolston)[22]
  • 2002 Eisner Award for Best Writer (for Queen & Country)[22]
  • 2003 Eisner Award for Best Writer (for Queen & Country)[27]
  • 2003 Eisner Award for Best Writer (for Queen & Country and Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia)[28]
  • 2003 Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story (for Queen & Country #8-12: "Operation: Crystal Ball", with Leandro Fernández)[28]
  • 2003 Eisner Award for Best New Series (for Gotham Central, with Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark)[28]
  • 2003 Harvey Award for Best Writer (for Gotham Central, with Ed Brubaker)[29]
  • 2004 Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story (for Queen & Country #13-15: "Operation Blackwall", with Jason Shawn Alexander)[23]
  • 2004 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series (for Gotham Central, with Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark, Brian Hurtt, and Stefano Gaudiano)[23]
  • 2004 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series (for Queen & Country, with Jason Alexander, Carla Speed McNeil, and Mike Hawthorne)[23]
  • 2004 Eisner Award for Best Writer (for Queen & Country, Wonder Woman and Wolverine)[23]
  • 2005 Eisner Award for Best Writer (for Queen & Country and Gotham Central)[27]
  • 2007 Harvey Award for Best New Series (for 52, with Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Mark Waid, and Keith Giffen)[30]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

Comic books[edit]

DC[edit]

Image/Top Cow[edit]

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

  • Veil #1-ongoing (2014)

Marvel[edit]

Oni Press[edit]

  • Oni Press Color Special 2001 (six page Queen & Country story)
  • Oni Press Summer Vacation Supercolor Fun Special (pages 37–42)
  • Queen & Country #1-32 (2001-2004)
  • Queen & Country: Declassified #1-3 (2002-2003)
  • Stumptown #1-4 (2009-2010)
  • Stumptown vol. 2 #1-5 (2012-2013)
  • Whiteout #1-4 (1998)
  • Whiteout: Melt #1-4 (1999-2000)
  • Whiteout: Night (forthcoming) #1-4

Webcomics[edit]

  • Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Ether

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "The Third Degree: Greg Rucka". Jupiter's Legacy #2 (June 2013) Image Comics. p. 27.
  2. ^ a b c d "About Greg Rucka". Greg Rucka. 2012. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Greg Rucka at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Rucka, Greg (2000). Batman: No Man's Land. Pocket Books. p. 448. ISBN 0671038281. 
  5. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 308. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Presented by writers Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka, with art by Michael Lark, the series followed the night and day shifts of the Gotham City Police Department. 
  6. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "2000s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 315. ISBN 978-0756641238. Novelist Greg Rucka restarted Wolverine's title and stayed on for a nineteen-issue run, pairing with artist Darick Robertson. 
  7. ^ Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 319: "The prequel to Infinite Crisis was a collection of short stories...which were written by Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, and Judd Winick."
  8. ^ Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 325: "The title was masterminded by writers Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid, with Keith Giffen providing art breakdowns."
  9. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (February 9, 2009). "Greg Rucka Talks Detective Comics". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on November 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ Melrose, Kevin (February 7, 2009). "NYCC A relieved Rucka shares a little about Batwoman". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. 
  11. ^ Jones, Seth (July 8, 2008). "Rucka talks Gotham Central in Batman: Gotham Knight". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on June 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (March 24, 2009). "Greg Rucka: Man of Action". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Wonder Woman Earth One That Could Have Been". DC Women Kicking Ass. September 11, 2012. Archived from the original on January 13, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  14. ^ Armitage, Hugh (September 14, 2012). "Wonder Woman Earth One: Greg Rucka, J. H. Williams were original team". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on July 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ Brothers, David (April 2, 2010). "Greg Rucka Finished At DC, Off Batwoman". Comics Alliance. 
  16. ^ Esposito, Joey (July 17, 2012). "Comic-Con: Greg Rucka Says Goodbye to the Punisher". IGN. Archived from the original on July 27, 2012. 
  17. ^ Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether
  18. ^ Rucka, Greg (June 5, 2013). "Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether Vol. 1". Kickstarter. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. 
  19. ^ Armitage, Hugh (May 8, 2013). "Greg Rucka, Rick Burchett Kickstarter funded in eight hours". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on June 5, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  20. ^ Grant, Steven; Mooney, Stephen (2007). CSI: Dying in the Gutters. IDW Publishing. p. 124. ISBN 978-1-60010-048-2. 
  21. ^ a b c "2000 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  22. ^ a b c d "2002 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on September 22, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  23. ^ a b c d e "2004 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  24. ^ "2004 Harvey Award Nominees and Winners". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  25. ^ "English-Language Awards Announced in New York". GLAAD. March 13, 2010. Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. 
  26. ^ a b "1999 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  27. ^ a b "2005 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on September 22, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  28. ^ a b c "2003 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  29. ^ "2003 Harvey Award Nominees and Winners". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  30. ^ "2007 Harvey Award Nominees and Winners". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 

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Preceded by
Chuck Dixon
Detective Comics writer
2000–2002
Succeeded by
Ed Brubaker
Preceded by
Daniel Way
Wolverine writer
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Mark Millar
Preceded by
Walt Simonson
Wonder Woman writer
2003–2006
Succeeded by
Allan Heinberg
Preceded by
Jeph Loeb
Supergirl writer
2006
Succeeded by
Joe Kelly
Preceded by
none
Checkmate writer
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Bruce Jones
Preceded by
Geoff Johns
Action Comics writer with Eric Trautmann and James Dale Robinson (on the Captain Atom feature)
2009-2010
Succeeded by
Paul Cornell
Preceded by
Paul Dini
Detective Comics writer
2009-2010
Succeeded by
David Hine