Marc Hempel's Tug & Buster
|Born||May 25, 1957
|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." In addition to his collaboration with Gaiman on the climactic story arc "The Kindly Ones" in The Sandman, he is also known for his critically acclaimed work with Mark Wheatley in the titles Breathtaker and Mars (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 is currently set to 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.
Hempel's own creations Gregory and Tug & Buster have been 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.
He has created advertising art for print and television, and character design for HBO Animation. More recently, 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 Magazine and Nickelodeon Magazine.
- McNary, Dave (March 24, 2011). "Inferno funding 'Blood of the Innocent'". Variety.com.
- Marc Hempel comiclopedic entry at Lambiek.net
- Marc Hempel at Insight Studios Group
- Marc Hempel on Myspace
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