John Jackson Miller

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John Jackson Miller
Born (1968-01-12) January 12, 1968 (age 46)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer

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John Jackson Miller is an American science-fiction author, comic book writer, and commentator, known for his work on the Star Wars franchise and his research into comic book circulation history, as presented in the Standard Catalog of Comic Books series.

Biography[edit]

Miller was born on January 12, 1968. A collector of comics and publisher of mini-comics since childhood, he began as editor of the trade magazine Comics Retailer in 1993. Following the introduction of Magic: The Gathering, he added games to its coverage, changing the title to Comics & Games Retailer in 2001. In 1998, Miller was appointed managing editor of Comics Buyer's Guide;[1] he served as the first editor of Scrye: The Guide to Collectible Card Games following its purchase by Krause Publications in 1999. He produced much work for Comics Buyer's Guide magazine, and following the 2002 launch of the Standard Catalog of Comic Books line, worked pricing and other content from those books back into the magazine.

His first professional comics work appeared in 2003 in Crimson Dynamo for Marvel Comics, which led to a run on Iron Man (#73/418 – 85/430). He writes a regular column called Longbox Manifesto for regular comics magazine Comics Buyer's Guide. In 2007, he launched The Comics Chronicles, a website devoted to comic-book circulation history and research. In February 2007, he was hired as a writer for the video game Sword of the New World.[2] In early 2008, he launched a fantasy webcomic with artist Chuck Fiala called Sword & Sarcasm.[3]

In 2008, he wrote the Dark Horse comic-book adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.[4] In 2009, he was announced as the scripter for Mass Effect: Redemption, the first comic-book series based on the video game Mass Effect, launching in January 2010.[5] He cowrote two more storylines, Mass Effect: Evolution and Mass Effect: Invasion.

In 2013 he wrote his first novel in a non-licensed universe, Overdraft: The Orion Offensive, for 47North. The work was originally released over several weeks as a Kindle Serial.[6]

Star Wars work[edit]

In 2005, Miller wrote a one-shot issue of Star Wars: Empire for Dark Horse Comics, featuring Darth Vader as the main character. Next year, as part of Dark Horse relaunching their Star Wars comic line, Miller started writing the ongoing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic comic series, serving as a spin-off for the video game of the same name. The series proved a major success among fans and lasted for 50 issues, before coming to a conclusion in 2010. In August 2008, Wizards of the Coast released a Knights of the Old Republic guidebook for its Star Wars Roleplaying Game, which Miller co-wrote.[7] Miller also wrote several short story tie-ins to the series, published on the StarWars.com website (no longer available). This prose work eventually led to Miller writing the Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith e-book series, released for free between 2009–2012 and eventually continuing with a prose collection and the comic series of the same name in 2012.

In 2010 Miller began writing the Star Wars: Knight Errant comic series. Following Dark Horse changing the format of their series, it is not ongoing, but instead published as independent story arcs, separated from each other by several months. A Knight Errant novel was released in early 2011 by Del Rey, taking place between the first and second arcs of the comic series – this was Miller's first professional novel.[8] Most recently, 2012 saw a continuation of the Knights of the Old Republic storyline with a mini-series entitled War.

In October 2012, Del Rey announced that Miller would write Star Wars: Kenobi, a novel about Obi-Wan Kenobi's life on Tatooine.[9] The book released August 27, 2013 in hardcover, and debuted at #12 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list.[10]

Partial bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News Watch: Krause Publications Names Editors," The Comics Journal #203 (April 1998), p. 30.
  2. ^ User Log In
  3. ^ Sword & Sarcasm: The Chronicles of Herbert and Benedict
  4. ^ Dark Horse Comics – Profile – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull #1
  5. ^ JJM to script Mass Effect comics
  6. ^ "JJM launches Overdraft: The Orion Offensive as Amazon Serial", Faraway Press
  7. ^ ENWorld – Morrus' 4th Edition D&D / d20 News and Reviews Site – D&D – WotC 2008 Summer Catalog
  8. ^ JJM Pens Star Wars: Knight Errant novel and comic series
  9. ^ http://www.farawaypress.com/fiction/books/swkenobi.html
  10. ^ New York Times hardcover bestseller list, September 15, 2013
  11. ^ http://blog.farawaypress.com/2014/01/more-on-star-trek-titan-absent-enemies.html
  12. ^ http://blog.farawaypress.com/2014/01/more-on-star-trek-titan-absent-enemies.html

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Preceded by
Robin Laws
Iron Man writer
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Mark Ricketts