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Ben Templesmith

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Ben Templesmith
Ben Templesmith at NYCC 2011
Born (1984-03-07) 7 March 1984 (age 40)
Perth, Western Australia
Area(s)Writer, Artist
Notable works
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Ben Templesmith (born 7 March 1984) is an Australian comic book artist best known for his work in the American comic book industry, most notably the Image Comics series Fell, with writer Warren Ellis, and IDW's 30 Days of Night with writer Steve Niles, which was adapted into a motion picture of the same name. He has also created book covers, movie posters, trading cards, and concept work for film.

Early life


Templesmith was born 7 March 1984, in Perth, Western Australia.[1] He graduated from Curtin University with a bachelor's degree in Design, and holds a diploma of Cartoon and Graphic Art from the Australian College of Journalism.[2]



Templesmith produced his first commercial American comics work in 2001, providing the art for Todd McFarlane Productions' Hellspawn, which was published by Image Comics. He has gone on to create his own original works as well as contribute to many licensed properties at various publishers, most notably IDW Publishing, with which he had an exclusive agreement through most of 2008 and part of 2009 before returning to being a freelancer.

Other licensed properties that Templesmith has worked on include illustrating "Dark Journey", a story in issue #17 of the Dark Horse Comics anthology series Star Wars Tales in 2003, and the covers to Devil's Due Publishing's Army of Darkness: Ashes to Ashes #1 in 2004 and IDW's G.I. Joe #0 in 2008.

Original works Templesmith has produced include the miniseries Welcome to Hoxford, the New York Times best-selling Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse[3] Tommyrot: The Art of Ben Templesmith, Conluvio and Choker at Image Comics with writer Ben McCool. He also provided a number of covers for the Oni Press series Wasteland.

In April 2012, DC Entertainment announced that Templesmith would be one of the artists illustrating a new digital Batman series with stories set outside regular DC continuity.[4]

Starting in November 2014, Templesmith launched Gotham by Midnight from DC Comics with writer Ray Fawkes.[5]





Selected bibliography




Game books


Art books

  • Tommyrot: The Art of Ben Templesmith (IDW Publishing)
  • Conluvio: The Art of Ben Templesmith, Vol. 2 (IDW Publishing)
  • SquidGirls: Erotica Tentacular


  1. ^ "[Untitled "About" page]". Ben Templesmith official website. Archived from the original on 23 June 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  2. ^ Giles, Keith (31 August 2001). "Artists on the Verge: Ben Templesmith". Comic Book Resources.
  3. ^ Gustines, George Gene (20 March 2009). "Graphic Books Best Seller Lists: March 14"/ The New York Times.
  4. ^ Truitt, Brian (13 April 2012). "Batman, 'Smallville' lead DC Comics' digital charge" USA Today.
  5. ^ "GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT VOL. 1: WE DO NOT SLEEP". DC. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  6. ^ a b "The INTERNATIONAL HORROR GUILD AWARDS for WORKS from 2007". Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  7. ^ Furey, Emmett (23 October 2007). "CBR @ Spike TV's Scream Awards 2007". Comic Book Resources.
  8. ^ "2010 Eagle Award winners" Archived 3 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine. The Beat. 30 October 2010
  9. ^ a b 2005 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards; Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  10. ^ a b c 2006 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards; Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  11. ^ a b 2007 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards; Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  12. ^ a b "2006 Horror Guild Award winners and nominees". HorrorAward.org. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  13. ^ Ekstrom, Steve (28 February 2008). Ben Templesmith - Moving into Dead Space[permanent dead link]. Newsarama