Edlund at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
1968 (age 49–50)|
Ben Edlund (born 1968) is an American cartoonist, screenwriter, television producer, and television director. Prior to his involvement in TV, he was best known as the creator of the satirical superhero character The Tick.
Edlund was born and raised in Pembroke, Massachusetts. He attended Silver Lake Regional High School and was voted by classmates as "Most Artistic" for both the 8th grade and 12th grade yearbook superlatives. At the age of 17, without a driver's license, Edlund was forced to ride with friends and frequent their favorite hangouts. One particular destination, the New England Comics store, spawned Edlund's interest in the comic book medium, which later launched his art and writing career.
Creation of The Tick
While still in high school, he began developing his satirical superhero, The Tick, who became the mascot of the New England Comics newsletter. Edlund was invited to create a comic book series based on the character by New England Comics when, due to a production mix-up, the publisher needed a new title fast. Edlund graduated from high school in 1986 and continued to draw his popular character while majoring in film at Massachusetts College of Art. The debut issue of The Tick took a year and a half for Edlund to develop.
While still in college, Edlund was approached by Kiscom, a New Jersey-based toy licensing and design company, who wanted to develop merchandising off The Tick. Sunbow Entertainment, a New York-based animation company, paired Edlund up with writer Richard Libmann-Smith. After having their premiere episode turned down by FOX, the duo got approval with a refined version.
In 1994, The Tick debuted as an animated series on FOX and lasted three seasons. The program led to various toy and merchandising deals. The limited scope of merchandising compared to other contemporaneous animated series led Edlund to express contentment in his character as a "much more sincere proposal." The Tick appeared on the FOX network in late 2001 with a short-lived live-action series.
In the late 1990s, Edlund collaborated with indie filmmaker Lisa Hammer and her husband, Eric Hammer, on the film Crawley. The Hammers would later work with Edlund again during the creation of The Venture Bros. which draws inspiration from The Tick.
Beginning in 2002, Edlund was employed by Joss Whedon at Mutant Enemy, first as part of the original writing staff for the space/Western hybrid series Firefly, which was cancelled during its first season, and then on the final season of Angel, where he wrote and also directed the Hugo Award nominated episode, "Smile Time." Edlund credits Whedon with his education on creating character arcs for television. Edlund also had a hand in creating characters for Whedon's successful web-series Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, to which he contributed "Bad Horse" and the henchman sidekick "Moist."
Beginning in 2006, he served as executive producer, writer, and occasionally director on the TV series Supernatural from season 2 (2006-07) to season 8 (2012-13). On that show, there was a character, a writer/prophet named Chuck Shurley, who went by the pen name "Carver Edlund", a combination of Edlund's last name and that of Jeremy Carver, another Supernatural producer and writer. (The show also named another important character after executive producer Robert Singer.)
In 2013, Edlund left the Supernatural writing staff to join the second season of Supernatural creator Eric Kripke's new television series, Revolution. However, Revolution was cancelled at the conclusion of that season. Edlund then joined the new show Gotham as a producer and writer for the first season (2014-15). In 2015, he became a writer for the second season of the Sony PlayStation Network original series Powers.
Podcast and radio appearances
|1998||A, B, C... Manhattan||Writer|
|1999||Titan A.E.||Screenplay||With John August and Joss Whedon|||
|1994–1996||The Tick (1994)||Yes||Yes||Creator; writer, co-producer|
|2001–2002||The Tick (2001)||Yes||Yes||Creator; writer (3 episodes)|
|2002||Firefly||Yes||Yes||Writer (2 episodes), producer|
|2003–2004||Angel||Yes||Yes||Yes||Writer (5 episodes), director (1 episode), producer, supervising producer|
|2004–2006||The Venture Bros.||Yes||Writer (2 episodes)|
|2005||The Inside||Yes||Yes||Writer (1 episode)|
|Point Pleasant||Yes||Yes||Writer (3 episodes), co-executive producer|
|2006–2013||Supernatural||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Writer (24 episodes), director (3 episodes), consulting producer, co-executive producer|||
|2010||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Yes||Writer (1 episode)|
|2013–2014||Revolution||Yes||Yes||Writer (4 episodes), consulting producer|||
|2014–2015||Gotham||Yes||Yes||Writer (2 episodes), co-executive producer|||
|2016||Powers||Yes||Yes||Writer (1 episode), co-executive producer|||
|The Tick (2016)||Yes||Yes||TV pilot. Creator; writer (1 episode)|||
- Reber, Deborah Tick Fever Endures: Ben Edlund Talks About the Evolution of Everyone's Favorite Blue Superhero Animation World Magazine, Issue 2.4 (July 1997). Retrieved on 5-16-09.
- WhedonAge.com (August 1, 2009). "Ben Edlund (Supernatural) @ Comic-Con '09".
- Roberts, Andrew (11 July 2015). "'Powers' Season Two Is Adding 'The Tick' Creator Ben Edlund To The Writer's Room". Uproxx. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
- Woerner, Meredith. "Why Titan A.E. is an Underappreciated Masterpiece". Retrieved 2016-08-20.
- "'Supernatural' season 9: Ben Edlund will not return • Hypable". 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
- "Gotham adds Supernatural's Ben Edlund". 2014-06-27. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
- Fowler, Matt (2015-07-09). "Comic-Con: Powers' Season 2 Writing Team Adds Creator of The Tick". IGN. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
- Petski, Denise (2016-07-21). "'The Tick', 'I Love Dick' & 'Jean-Claude Van Johnson' Amazon Pilots Get Premiere Date". Retrieved 2016-08-20.
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