Marc Hempel's Tug & Buster
May 25, 1957 |
The Sandman: The Kindly Ones
Tug & Buster
Marc Hempel grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and now lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he enjoys relative fame as "America's Most Beloved Semi-Obscure Cartoonist." He received a B.F.A. in Painting from Northern Illinois University in 1980. He and Mark Wheatley co-created the titles Breathtaker and Mars. In 1994-1995, he collaborated with Neil Gaiman on the climactic story arc "The Kindly Ones" in The Sandman. Hempel's own creations Gregory and Tug & Buster were nominated for several industry awards, and his humor anthology Naked Brain was named Best Comic Book in the Baltimore City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2003 issue. Hempel's art has also appeared in Marvel Fanfare, Epic Illustrated, Heavy Metal, Jonny Quest, Tarzan the Warrior, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, Flinch, My Faith in Frankie, The Dreaming, Lucifer, and Disney Adventures.
Original art from The Sandman and Breathtaker was included in an exhibition entitled "LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel," which originated at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Breck Eisner will direct the upcoming Hollywood film adaptation of Blood of the Innocent, a comic book series Hempel co-created with Rickey Shanklin and Wheatley. Inferno Entertainment has acquired underlying rights to the series and is funding development and production of the feature, which is being co-produced with Circle of Confusion.
He has created advertising art for print and television, and character design for HBO Animation. Hempel has produced CD art for the Nashville band Swamp Rat, drawn an episode of the online strip Munden's Bar for ComicMix.com, illustrated a 21-page Escapist story for Dark Horse Comics, and has contributed to both Mad and Nickelodeon Magazine.
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