Lemire at the 2012 New York Comic Con.
March 21, 1976 |
Essex County, Ontario, Canada
|Area(s)||Cartoonist, Writer, Penciller|
|Notable works||Essex County Trilogy
|Awards||Xeric Award, 2005
YALSA Alex Award, 2008
Joe Shuster Award, 2008
Doug Wright Award, 2008
Jeff Lemire (born March 21, 1976 in Canada) is a Canadian comics artist and writer. He is the author of the Essex County Trilogy, Sweet Tooth and The Nobody. Lemire is known for his moody, humanistic stories and sketchy, cinematic, black-and-white art.
Early life 
Lemire was born and raised in a small farming town in Essex County, Ontario, near Lake St. Clair. Lemire attended film school, but decided to pursue comics when he realized that filmmaking did not suit his solitary personality.
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. 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. He also relaunched the Superboy series featuring the character Conner Kent. During Flashpoint he wrote Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown mini-series, then, as part of the 2011 DC Universe reboot, he wrote the ongoing series Animal Man and Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E..
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. 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'. In addition to these titles within the New 52, Lemire has begun writing on Green Arrow, replacing Ann Nocenti.
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.
Lemire won a Xeric Award in 2005 for his book Lost Dogs. He was a 2008 recipient of a Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award for Essex County Volume 1: Tales from the Farm. Lemire received a Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Award for Outstanding Cartoonist in 2008, and the Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent in 2008.
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.  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.
Personal life 
Early work 
- Asthray #1-2 (w/a, Ashtray Press, 2003)
- Lost Dogs (w/a, graphic novel, Ashtray Press, 2005)
- Beowulf #6-7 (w/a, Speakeasy, 2006)
- The Fortress (w/a, strip in UR Magazine, 2006)
- Bio-Graphical (w/a, strip in Driven, 2008)
Top Shelf Productions 
- The Complete Essex County (hc, 512 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-60309-046-0; tpb, 2009, ISBN 1-60309-038-X) collects:
- Tales from the Farm (w/a, graphic novel, tpb, 112 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-891830-88-0)
- Ghost Stories (w/a, graphic novel, tpb, 224 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-891830-94-5)
- The Essex County Boxing Club (w/a, one-shot, 2008)
- The Sad and Lonely Life of Eddie Elephant Ears: A Tale from Essex County (w/a, one-shot, 2008)
- The Country Nurse (w/a, graphic novel, tpb, 128 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-891830-95-3)
- Awesome 2: Awesomer: "The Horseless Rider" (w/a, anthology graphic novel, tpb, 200 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-60309-039-8)
- The Underwater Welder (w/a, graphic novel, tpb, 224 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-6030-9074-6)
- The Nobody (w/a, graphic novel, hc, 144 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2080-0)
- Sweet Tooth (w/a, 2009–2012) collected as:
- Out of the Deep Woods (collects #1-5, tpb, 128 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2696-5)
- In Captivity (collects #6-11, tpb, 144 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2854-2)
- Animal Armies (collects #12-17, tpb, 144 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3170-5)
- Endangered Species (collects #18-25, tpb, 176 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3361-9)
- Unnatural Habit (collects #26-32, tpb, 160 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3723-1)
- Wild Game (collects #33-40, tpb, 200 pages, expected June 25 2013, ISBN 1-4012-4029-1)
- House of Mystery #18: "The Tale of Brutus the Bold" (a, with Matthew Sturges, 2009) collected in Volume 4 (tpb, 160 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2756-2)
- Strange Adventures: "Ultra the Multi-Alien: The Life and Death of Ace Arn" (w/a, one-shot, 2011)
- Jonah Hex #69: "The Old Man" (a, with Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, 2011) collected in Bury Me in Hell (tpb, 224 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3249-3)
- Trillium (w/a, upcoming 2013)
DC Comics 
- Brightest Day: Atom: "Nucleus, Prologue" (w, with Mahmud Asrar, one-shot, 2010)
- Adventure Comics (w, with Mahmud Asrar, co-feature):
- "Splitting the Atom" (in #516, 2010)
- "Atom Strange" (in #517, 2010)
- "We are All Atoms" (in #518, 2010)
- "Colonized" (in #519, 2010)
- "Atom-Ant" (in #520, 2011)
- "Weapons of Mass-Reduction" (in #521, 2011)
- Giant-Size Atom: "Nucleus, Conclusion" (w, with Mahmud Asrar, Allan Goldman and Robson Rocha, one-shot, 2011)
- 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 (w):
- The Hunt (tpb, 144 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3507-7) collects:
- Animal vs. Man (tpb, 160 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3800-9) collects:
- 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 #9-ongoing (w, with Mikel Janin, 2012–...)
- National Comics: Eternity (w, with Cully Hamner, one-shot, 2012)
- Green Arrow #17-ongoing (w, with Andrea Sorrentino, 2013-...)
Other US publishers 
- Noir: A Collection of Crime Comics: "The Old Silo" (w/a, anthology graphic novel, tpb, 104 pages, Dark Horse, 2009, ISBN 1-59582-358-1)
- Strange Tales II #1: "A Civilized-Thing" (w/a, Marvel, 2010) collected in ST2 (hc, 144 pages, 2011, ISBN 0-7851-4822-1; tpb, 2011, ISBN 0-7851-4823-X)
- Lemire profile on the Top Shelf website.
- Brophy-Warren, Jamin (August 27, 2009). "Tales of the Country: Jeff Lemire shrugs off comics' urban obsession". Wall Street Journal.
- Geddes, John (November 19, 2009). "'Sweet Tooth' like Mad Max with antlers". USA Today.
- Renaud, Jeffrey (February 5, 2010). "Out of the Woods with "Sweet Tooth"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved February 5, 2010.
- Renaud, Jeffrey (April 13, 2010). "Lemire Embiggens Ray Palmer". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved April 13, 2010.
- Rogers, Vaneta (May 14, 2010). "LEMIRE on SUPERBOY: "The Best of Two Worlds"". Newsarama. Retrieved May 14, 2010.
- Renaud, Jeffrey (May 27, 2011). "FLASHPOINT FACTS: Lemire Bolts Frankenstein into "Flashpoint"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- Rogers, Vaneta (June 8, 2011). "Lemire Aims for Less Meta, More Family in DCnU ANIMAL MAN". Newsarama. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- Renaud, Jeffrey (June 8, 2011). "Lemire Discovers the Dark Sides of "Animal Man" & "Frankenstein"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- Truitt, Brian (September 12, 2011). "It's alive! Frankenstein electrifies DC Comics' 'New 52'". USA Today. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
- Hautain, Frederik (July 14, 2005). "Lost Dogs Sneak Peek - Broken Frontier". Broken Frontier.
- Lemire, Jeff (January 14, 2008). "TALES FROM THE FARM WINS AN YASLA AWARD!!".
- Joe Shuster Award, www.comiclist.com
- Jeff Lemire in the Canadian Encyclopedia, www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com
- Manning, Shaun (July 7, 2009). "Lemire on Essex County & New Vertigo Work". Comic Book Resources.
- CBC Books - Canada Reads 2011
- Canada Reads 2011 People's Choice Poll
- Biography from The Nobody (DC/Vertigo, 2009).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Jeff Lemire|
- Official website
- Jeff Lemire on Twitter
- Jeff Lemire at the Comic Book DB
- Tales From the Farm promotion trailer
- Interview at Attention Children. Sequential Art
- Comic Geek Speak Podcast - Interview (June, 2010)
- Comic Geek Speak Podcast - Essex County Trilogy Discussion with Jeff (October, 2008)