Lee Moyer

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Lee Moyer
Born Lee Moyer
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Colourist
Notable works

Starstruck Deluxe Edition

Literary Pin-up Calendars


Lee Moyer is an American painter, illustrator, graphic designer, Web designer, poster artist, and painter of comic books, games, and pin-ups.


Lee Moyer's early work was done in watercolor and oils. In 1989, he expanded into the realm of digital art, which has since become his métier. While building his freelance career and expanding his skill set, he worked for ten years as a Docent and Naturalist Illustrator at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.[1]

Moyer considers his primary influences to be Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, Classic American Illustrators, propaganda art, and the Pre-Raphaelites.[2]


Lee Moyer has done commissioned illustrations for an array of major corporate clients, including Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Discovery Channel, Electronic Arts, Hasbro, DDB Worldwide, Upper Deck, CareerBuilder, BET, McGraw Hill, Alliance Theatre, Dark Horse, IDW Publishing, Broadway Play Publishing Inc., and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.[3]

Lee has done commissioned posters that evoke the style of Alphonse Mucha for musicians such as Tori Amos and Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, The Smashing Pumpkins). Moyer did a signing of the poster with Melissa Auf der Maur on July 22, 2010, at the San Diego Comic-Con International.[4]

20th Century Fox commissioned him to create eight Laurel and Hardy paintings for the covers of their DVD box set collections.[5]

His digital work was featured with 13 leading graphic designers in the exhibition, "PIXEL: Artists Who Use the Computer."[6]

Moyer painted the cover for the documentary Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, a profile of author H.P. Lovecraft and the impact of his Cthulhu books on culture by director Frank H. Woodward.[7]

The New York Times nominated his work for a Webby Award in 1999.[8]

His painting "Theora" won the 2012 Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration: Magazine. He was nominated for 3 awards in 2012.[9]

Book covers[edit]

  • Joe Haldeman. The Best of Joe Haldeman. Subterranean Press, 2013.[10]
  • Caitlín R. Kiernan. Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart. Subterranean Press, 2012.[11]
  • Tad Williams. A Stark and Wormy Knight. Subterranean Press, 2012.[12]
  • Mark Hodder. A Red Sun Also Rises. Pyr, 2012.[13]
  • M. K. Hobson. The Warlock’s Curse. Tesla Industries, 2012.
  • Michael Bishop. The Door Gunner and Other Perilous Flights of Fancy. Subterranean Press, 2011.
  • Caitlín R. Kiernan. Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume One). Subterranean Press, 2011.
  • Kim Newman. Mysteries of the Diogenes Club. MoneyBrain Books, 2010.
  • Jake McDevitt. Cryptic: The Best Short Fiction of Jack McDevitt. Subterranean Press, 2009.
  • Philip José Farmer. Two Hawks From Earth. MonkeyBrain Books, 2009.
  • Michael Swanwick. The Best of Michael Swanwick. Subterranean Press, 2008.
  • Kim Newman. Secret Files of the Diogenes Club. MonkeyBrain Books, 2007
  • Edgar Pangborn. Davy. Old Earth Books, 2004.
  • Iain M. Banks. The Algebraist. Night Shade Books, 2004.
  • Michael Swanwick. A Geography of Unknown Lands. Tigereye Press, 1997.
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley. The Colors of Space. Donning/Starblaze, 1983.

Pin-up calendars[edit]

In 2011, Moyer partnered with the literary charity Worldbuilders to publish his first Literary Pin-up Calendar "Check These Out!"™ for the 2012 calendar year featuring classic authors such as Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, and Alexander Dumas.[14] The proceeds from the calendar went to the charity Heifer International.[15]

The 2013 Calendar was also published by Worldbuilders, this time with a line-up of modern fantasy authors including Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Charlaine Harris, Ray Bradbury, Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Carey, and N. K. Jemisin. Moyer said that he was "inspired by the idea of strength and competence with beauty, brains, and a whole lot of muscle" for his illustration of Mercy Thompson, from Patricia Briggs' bestselling paranormal series. "This is a girl who can take care of herself, and you'd be lucky to have her working on your car. It was a delight to paint her. And moreover to create an old-school garage calendar—not only matching the format of those classic pieces as best I could, but riffing on the style of pin-up great George Petty."[16]



Main article: Starstruck (comics)

Lee Moyer has done writing, painting, and design for the critically acclaimed science fiction series, Starstruck, with author Elaine Lee and illustrator Michael Wm. Kaluta.

In 2009, he was instrumental in reviving the series for IDW Publishing, after showing artist Kaluta samples of how the series could be redone with Moyer's painterly color. IDW released a remastered series of 13 issues from August 2009 to September, 2010 that featured expanded art by Kaluta, a complete repainting of the series, and unpublished back-up stories of the Galactic Girl Guides. Lee Moyer also reformatted word balloons and archival art, as well as designing new ancillary art.[17]

The IDW remastered series was collected as a large-format hardcover omnibus called the Starstruck Deluxe Edition and released by IDW on March 29, 2011.[18]

Elaine Lee collaborated with Lee Moyer on the book design and layouts for the Starstruck Deluxe Edition. For three decades, Elaine Lee and Michael Wm. Kaluta have been the sole copyright owners and creators of the series, but they felt that Moyer's contribution was so important that he was listed as a co-creator for the collected book.

Moyer also did the color for the wraparound cover of the Starstruck Audioplay CD, a cast recording of the original Starstruck play, that was produced and sold by The AudioComics Company as a CD and MP3 download in October, 2010.[19]

  • Starstruck: The Expanding Universe (Dark Horse): written prefaces
  • Starstruck: Remastered (IDW): color and design
  • Galactic Girl Guides (IDW): color
  • Starstruck Audioplay: color
  • Starstruck Deluxe Edition, 2011 (IDW): color and design

Cover work

  • Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #9 (with Michael Kaluta, ABC/Wildstorm)
  • Aquaman #51 (with Michael Kaluta, DC)
  • Zauriel #1 (with Michael Kaluta, DC)
  • Eberron: Eye of the Wolf (with Jason Reeves, Devil's Due)
  • Honey West #3, 4, and 5. In homage to Pulp magazine covers, '50s science fiction posters, and '60s paperback book covers.[20]
  • "Buckaroo Banzai': Return Of The Screw" and "Buckaroo Banzai: Origins"
  • Axe Cop: President of the World #1 (with Ethan Nicolle, Dark Horse)

Moyer's collaboration with Pete Woods on a cover for DC's Catwoman has not been printed.

Interior work

  • Bank Street Book of Mystery "Eats" by Richard Laymon (Pocket Books 1989)
  • Bank Street Book of Creepy Tales: "Levitation" by Joseph Payne Brennan (Pocket Books 1989)
  • Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: "Trouble Is My Business" (with Alfredo Alcala, Byron Preiss 2005) ISBN 1-59687-847-9
  • Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #9: "Millenium Memories" (with Michael Kaluta, ABC/Wildstorm)

Moyer contributed one of the dozen Portraits to Jeremy A. Bastian Cursed Pirate Girl (Archaia).

Roleplaying games[edit]

Moyer also extends his digital design skills toward designing video games, board games, and their packaging[citation needed]. He collaborated with game designer Keith Baker on the board game, "The Doom That Came To Atlantic City", a spoof that transplants the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft to New Jersey.[21] The game was picked up by Cryptozoic in July 2013.[22]

Moyer's Dungeons & Dragons work includes interior art for Eberron Campaign Setting (2004), Stormwrack (2005), and the fourth edition Player's Handbook (2008), Dungeon Master's Guide (2008), Draconomicon (2008), and Martial Power (2008).

He was the creative director and co-founder of Digital Addiction.

He is the lead illustrator for "13th Age" and its expansion "13 True Ways" and shares title credits with the designers Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet and fellow illustrator Aaron McConnell.[23]


Starstruck: The Expanding Universe #2-4 (Dark Horse) a series of story summaries written in character as a reporter for the fictional Rootersnoos news bureau.[24]

Rolling the Start-Up Dice (with Marlene Bruce for A List Apart).[25]

Kickstarter White Paper.[26]


  • Communication Arts
  • Spectrum #12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19
  • Design Graphics Magazine
  • D’Artiste - Digital Painting
  • The Future of Fantasy Art and Erotic Fantasy Art edited by Aly Fell and Duddleberg
  • Sci-fi Art Now edited by John Freeman


  1. ^ Darren Di Lieto. "LCS interview: Lee Moyer", August 30, 200_.
  2. ^ "Interview: Lee Moyer", Sci-Fi Art Now, November 5, 2010.
  3. ^ "Lee Moyer client list"
  4. ^ Century Guild. "Auf der Maur and Moyer At 2010 Comic-Con", June 28, 2010.
  5. ^ Darren Di Lieto. "LCS interview: Lee Moyer", August 30, 200_.
  6. ^ Darren Di Lieto. "LCS interview: Lee Moyer", August 30, 200_.
  7. ^ "Lee Moyer Delivers Art For H.P. Lovecraft Documentary", Sci-Fi Art Now, January 21, 2011.
  8. ^ "Lee Moyer official site"
  9. ^ http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/08/announcing-the-2012-chesley-award-winners
  10. ^ http://subterraneanpress.com/store/product_detail/the_best_of_joe_haldeman
  11. ^ http://subterraneanpress.com/store/product_detail/confessions_of_a_five_chambered_heart
  12. ^ http://subterraneanpress.com/store/product_detail/a_stark_and_wormy_knight
  13. ^ http://www.pyrsf.com/RedSunAlsoRises.html
  14. ^ http://www.hireanillustrator.com/i/23434/check-these-out-the-2012-literary-pin-up-calendar/
  15. ^ http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2011/11/the-new-coolness-or-how-i-accidentally-published-a-calendar/
  16. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/oct/04/pratchett-gaiman-fantasy-literary-pin-up-calendar
  17. ^ Scott McDaniel. "rt Analysis #8: Starstruck, Kaluta and Moyer," Deviant Art, September 27, 2009.
  18. ^ ISBN 0-88145-023-5
  19. ^ Lance Roger Axt. "Starstruck The Recording, with Casting." AudioComics Company press release, April 29, 2010.
  20. ^ Ray Tate, "Honey West #3", March 12, 2011.
  21. ^ The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. "The Doom That Came To Atlantic City", 2010.
  22. ^ http://www.cryptozoic.com/articles/cryptozoic-saves-doom-came-atlantic-city-board-game
  23. ^ http://www.pelgranepress.com/?p=9764
  24. ^ Starstruck (Dark Horse) at the Grand Comics Database
  25. ^ http://alistapart.com/article/dice
  26. ^ http://leemoyer.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/kickstarter-white-paper-part-1/

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