Jeff Lemire

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Jeff Lemire
Lemire at the 2012 New York Comic Con.
Born (1976-03-21) March 21, 1976 (age 38)
Essex County, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Area(s) Cartoonist, Writer, Penciller
Notable works
Essex County Trilogy
The Nobody
Sweet Tooth
Animal Man
Awards Xeric Award, 2005
YALSA Alex Award, 2008
Joe Shuster Award, 2008
Doug Wright Award, 2008

Jeff Lemire (born March 21, 1976[1] in Canada) is a Canadian comics artist and writer. He is the author of the Essex County Trilogy, Sweet Tooth, The Nobody, and Animal Man. Lemire is known for his moody, humanistic stories and sketchy, cinematic, black-and-white art.

Early life[edit]

Lemire was born and raised in a small farming town in Essex County, Ontario, near Lake St. Clair.[2] Lemire attended film school, but decided to pursue comics when he realized that filmmaking did not suit his solitary personality.[2]


After self-publishing the Xeric Award-winning comic book Lost Dogs in 2005 via his Ashtray Press imprint, Lemire found a home at Top Shelf Productions. He produced the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated Essex County Trilogy for Top Shelf in 2008–2009.

Lemire serializes a science-fiction strip called Fortress in the quarterly UR Magazine.

In 2009, the DC Comics Vertigo published Lemire's The Nobody, a two-color tale of identity, fear and paranoia in a small community. Lemire wrote and illustrated the full-color Vertigo series Sweet Tooth.[3][4] He then moved over to the DC Universe to write the one-shot Brightest Day: Atom, with Turkish artist Mahmud Asrar, designed to act as a springboard for an Atom story to co-feature in Adventure Comics.[5] He also relaunched the Superboy series featuring the character Conner Kent.[6] During Flashpoint he wrote Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown mini-series,[7] then, as part of The New 52, he wrote the ongoing series Animal Man[8] and Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E..[9][10]

Further into the launch of The New 52 Lemire took over the writing duties on Justice League Dark with issue #9, while leaving Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. to newcomer Matt Kindt.[11][12] He continued to write Animal Man into 2012, including teaming up with Swamp Thing writer Scott Snyder for a crossover between the two books called 'Rotworld'.[13][14] In addition to these titles within The New 52, Lemire has begun writing on Green Arrow, replacing Ann Nocenti.

2012 also saw the publication of a new Graphic Novel from Top Shelf called 'The Underwater Welder'. Which was released to critical acclaim.[15][16][17]

In 2006 Lemire's work was included in an international symposium gathering artists, scholars, curators, publishers, librarians, critics, and writers at the Banff Centre. Lemire's work was part of the "Comic Craze" exhibit, which showcased Canadian comics and narrative fiction.[1]

Lemire drew a Rip Hunter story for Time Warp #1 (May 2013) which was written by Damon Lindelof and published by Vertigo.[18][19][20]

In 2014, he and Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, and Dan Jurgens co-wrote The New 52: Futures End.[21]


Lemire won a Xeric Award in 2005 for his book Lost Dogs.[22] He was a 2008 recipient of a Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award for Essex County Volume 1: Tales from the Farm.[23] Lemire received a Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Award for Outstanding Cartoonist in 2008,[24] and the Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent in 2008.[25]

Lemire has also been nominated for an Ignatz, a Harvey, and two Eisner Awards.[26]

In 2011 Essex County was selected as one of five titles for Canada Reads, with the theme of "The Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade." Its celebrity champion was Sara Quin. [27] Essex County was eliminated in the first round, but later placed #1 in a "People's Choice" poll with more votes than all other books combined.[28]

Personal life[edit]

He currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is married and has a son.[29]


Early work[edit]

Top Shelf Productions[edit]


DC Comics[edit]

  • Atom:
  • Superboy #1-11 (w, with Pier Gallo, 2011) collected as Superboy: Smallville Attacks (tpb, 256 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3251-5)
  • Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #1-3 (w, with Ibraim Roberson, 2011) collected in Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Green Lantern (tpb, 232 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3406-2)
  • Animal Man vol. 2 (November, 2011-May, 2014) (w):
    • Volume 1: The Hunt (tpb, 144 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3507-7) collects:
    • Volume 2: Animal vs. Man (tpb, 160 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3800-9) collects:
    • Volume 3: Rotworld: The Red Kingdom (tpb, 232 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-4012-4262-6) collects:
      • "Rotworld: Prologue" (with Steve Pugh, Scott Snyder and Marco Rudy in #12 and Swamp Thing vol. 5 #12, 2012)
      • "Rotworld: The Red Kingdom" (with Steve Pugh and Timothy Green II, in #13-16 , 2012-2013)
      • "War of the Rot" (with Steve Pugh and Timothy Green II, Scott Snyder and Andrew Belange, in #17 and Swamp Thing vol. 5 #17, 2013)
      • "Lay Down Them Bones" (written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Yanick Paquette, in Swamp Thing vol. 5 #18, 2013)
    • Volume 4: Splinter Species (tpb, 144 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-4644-3) collects:
      • "Rotworld: The Red Kingdom, Epilogue" (with Steve Pugh, in #18, 2013)
      • "The Funeral" (with Steve Pugh, in #19, 2013)
      • "Tights, Part Two" (with John Paul Leon and Timothy Green II, in #20, 2013)
      • "Splinter Species" (with Steve Pugh and Francis Portela, in #21-23, 2013)
      • "One Last Flight" (with Travel Foreman, in Anual #2, 2013)
    • Volume 5: Evolve or Die! (tpb, 144 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-4994-9) collects:
      • "Hollywood Babylon" (with Rafael Albuquerque, in #24-25, 2013-2014)
      • "Godseed" (with Cully Hamner, in #26, 2014)
      • "Evolve or Die!" (with Rafael Alburquerque, in #27-28, 2014)
      • "... Goodnight, Animal Man" (with Travel Foreman, in #29, 2014)
  • Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. (w, with Alberto Ponticelli, 2011–2012) collected as:
  • Legends of the Dark Knight #1: "The Butler Did It" (a, with Damon Lindelof, 2012)
  • Men of War #8 (w, with Matt Kindt and Thomas Derenick, 2012) collected in Men of War: Uneasy Company (tpb, 256 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3499-2)
  • Justice League Dark (July, 2012-October, 2013) (w):
    • Volume 2: The Books of Magic (tpb, 224 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-4012-4024-0) collects:
    • Volume 3: The Death of Magic (tpb, 192 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-4245-6) collects:
      • "Enter the House of Mystery" (with Graham Nolan, in #12, 2013)
      • "The Death of Magic" (with Ray Fawkes and Mikel Janín, in #13-18, 2013)
      • "Horror City" (with Ray Fawkes and Mikel Janín, in #19-21, 2013)
    • Justice League: Trinity War (tpb, 320 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-4519-6) collects:
      • "Trinity War" (with Mikel Janín, in #22-23, 2013)
  • National Comics: Eternity (w, with Cully Hamner, one-shot, 2012)
  • Green Arrow vol. 5 (April, 2013-present) (w):
    • Volume 4: The Kill Machine (tpb, 208 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-4690-7) collects:
      • "The Kill Machine" (with Andrea Sorrentino, in #17-21, 2013)
      • "The Shados" (with Andrea Sorrentino, in #22-23, 2013)
      • "Momma's Boy" (with Andrea Sorrentino, in #23.1: Count Vertigo, 2013)
      • "Dissonance" (with Andrea Sorrentino, in #24, 2013)
    • Volume 5: The Outsiders War (tpb, 176 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-5044-0) collects:
      • "The Prodigal" (with Andrea Sorrentino, in #25, 2014)
      • "The Outsiders War, Book 1: Return to the Island" (with Andrea Sorrentino, in #26, 2014)
      • "The Outsiders War, Book 2: Secret Origin" (with Andrea Sorrentino, in #27, 2014)
      • "The Outsiders War, Book 3: The Final Lesson" (with Andrea Sorrentino, in #28, 2014)
      • "The Outsiders War, Book 4: The Prague Offensive" (with Andrea Sorrentino, in #29, 2014)
      • "The Outsiders War, Book 5: Family" (with Andrea Sorrentino, in #30, 2014)
      • "The Outsiders War, Book 6: Spoils of War" (with Andrea Sorrentino, in #31, 2014)

Other US publishers[edit]


  1. ^ a b Lemire profile on the Top Shelf website.
  2. ^ a b Brophy-Warren, Jamin (August 27, 2009). "Tales of the Country: Jeff Lemire shrugs off comics' urban obsession". Wall Street Journal. 
  3. ^ Geddes, John (November 19, 2009). "'Sweet Tooth' like Mad Max with antlers". USA Today. 
  4. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (February 5, 2010). "Out of the Woods with "Sweet Tooth"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (April 13, 2010). "Lemire Embiggens Ray Palmer". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (May 14, 2010). "LEMIRE on SUPERBOY: "The Best of Two Worlds"". Newsarama. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (May 27, 2011). "FLASHPOINT FACTS: Lemire Bolts Frankenstein into "Flashpoint"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (June 8, 2011). "Lemire Aims for Less Meta, More Family in DCnU ANIMAL MAN". Newsarama. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (June 8, 2011). "Lemire Discovers the Dark Sides of "Animal Man" & "Frankenstein"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ Truitt, Brian (September 12, 2011). "It's alive! Frankenstein electrifies DC Comics' 'New 52'". USA Today. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
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  18. ^ "Vertigo Showcases Time Warp Anthology Art". Comic Book Resources. February 22, 2013. Archived from the original on July 13, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Lindelof, Lemire do the Time Warp with Rip Hunter". USA Today. March 25, 2013. Archived from the original on July 13, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  20. ^ Khouri, Andy (April 2, 2013). "Vertigo’s Time Warp Anthology Returns Rip Hunter and Trolls with Super-Science". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on July 13, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  21. ^ Moore, Matt (December 11, 2013). "DC Readies Weekly Weekly Series, Futures End for Spring". Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  22. ^ Hautain, Frederik (July 14, 2005). "Lost Dogs Sneak Peek - Broken Frontier". Broken Frontier. 
  23. ^ Lemire, Jeff (January 14, 2008). "TALES FROM THE FARM WINS AN YASLA AWARD!!". 
  24. ^ Joe Shuster Award,
  25. ^ Jeff Lemire in the Canadian Encyclopedia,
  26. ^ Manning, Shaun (July 7, 2009). "Lemire on Essex County & New Vertigo Work". Comic Book Resources. 
  27. ^ CBC Books - Canada Reads 2011
  28. ^ Canada Reads 2011 People's Choice Poll
  29. ^ Biography from The Nobody (DC/Vertigo, 2009).


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