Milan Trenc

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Milan Trenc (born 1962) is a Croatian illustrator, comics publisher, film director, novelist and educator.[1]

Born in Zagreb, there Trenc first went to the School of Applied Arts, which is a high school, then studied film direction at the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts. While there, he started publishing comics and after graduation he worked at Zagreb Film, where he created The Blentons, an episode in the animated film The Game directed by Krešimir Zimonić. In 1985, Trenc became chief illustrator of Start magazine until 1991. In 1990, while still with Start, he made The Big Time, later shown at the London Film Festival. Throughout this time he was also publishing comics and illustrating the covers of national and international publications. He also wrote and directed Ghost Story, a film for Croatian TV.

Trenc left Start to move to New York City, where he published comic strips in Heavy Metal Magazine and illustrations in publications including The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and Fortune. He wrote and illustrated The Night at the Museum, a children's book set in the New York Museum of Natural Sciences and published in 1993 by Barrons Juvenile. The book was produced as a feature film in 2006 and subjected to a novelization by Leslie Goldman. Trenc's sequel, Another Night at the Museum, will be released in 2013.[2] In 2000, Trenc completed his own feature film Zen Stories. Since 2004, he has taught directing and animation at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts. Trenc has won awards from Print and the Society of Publication Designers for his illustrations in The New York Times.[1]

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