Bob Schreck

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Bob Schreck
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Schreck at the 2012 New York Comic Con.
Born (1955-02-02) February 2, 1955 (age 64)
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Editor
Notable works
Co-founder of Oni Press
Editor-in-chief of Legendary Comics
AwardsInkpot Award, 1990

Robert Schreck (/ʃrɛk/; born February 2, 1955)[1] is an American comic book writer and editor. Schreck is best known for his influential role as editor and marketing director at Dark Horse Comics in the 1990s, co-founding Oni Press, and for his subsequent stint as editor for DC Comics.[2] He is currently the Deputy Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.[3]

Career[edit]

Schreck, second from left, at the Legendary Comics panel at the 2012 New York Comic Con. Sharing the stage with him from left to right: emcee Chris Hardwick, Matt Wagner, Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham.

In the mid-1970s, Bob Schreck began working for Creation Entertainment organizing and running conventions around the country, where he got to know most of the era’s comic book professionals,[4] and met aspirants and up-and-comers such as Matt Wagner,[5] who has called Schreck "a major force in the comics industry."[6] In the early 1980s he worked in marketing at Marvel Comics.

In 1985 Schreck and his future wife (now divorced) Diana Schutz were hired as, respectively, administrative director (in charge of marketing and publishing) and editor of Comico Comics.[7] Under their stewardship Comico rose to the third best-selling comics publisher, after Marvel and DC.[8]

After a brief stint at Graphitti Designs,[4] Schreck worked at Dark Horse Comics from 1990-97,[8] where he served as marketing director, editor and group editor.[4] During this time Dark Horse became the third best-selling comics publisher in the country.[8] As editor, Schreck brought several talents to a wider audience, including Mike Allred[9] and Paul Pope, who credits Schreck as an important factor in his career,[10] and was the editor of, among other titles, Frank Miller's Sin City, The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, Madman, Art Adams’s Monkeyman and O'Brien, and the anthology title Dark Horse Presents.[11] Schreck was later instrumental in compelling Frank Miller to work with director Robert Rodriguez on a film version of Sin City.[12]

He left Dark Horse in 1997 and shortly thereafter[13] co-founded Oni Press with Joe Nozemack.[14] Oni's goal was publishing comics and graphic novels the founders would want to read.[6] Unsatisfied with the material that was dominating the industry, they believed firmly that sequential art could be used to tell virtually any story.[15] Oni titles Schreck edited include Kevin Smith's Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob comics, Whiteout, Bad Boy by Frank Miller and Simon Bisley, and the award-winning Oni Double Feature.

After having been courted by DC Comics for over a decade,[4] Schreck left Oni to join them as editor of the Batman titles, which included the acclaimed storyline Hush,[16] and the mini-series The Dark Knight Strikes Again,[4] and Batman: Year 100 as well as recruitment of writers Judd Winick, David Lapham,[4] and Brad Meltzer with his first work in comics.[17] Schreck was also the editor of the Green Lantern books, Green Arrow including the acclaimed Quiver series by frequent Schreck collaborator Kevin Smith, All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quirely, and All-Star Batman by Frank Miller and Jim Lee. For DC's Vertigo imprint he produced the award-winning Daytripper, Sweet Tooth, and the horror anthology Toe Tags, which featured a story by film director George Romero[18]

After leaving DC in January 2009, Schreck joined IDW Publishing as a senior editor, where he also wrote the comic book series Jurassic Park: Redemption.[19]

In 2011, he was named editor-in-chief of Legendary Comics,[20] with whom he brought out Holy Terror by Frank Miller, The Tower Chronicles by Matt Wagner and Simon Bisley, Shadow Walk by Mark Wade and Shane Davis, Annihilator by Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving, and Cops for Criminals by Steven Grant and Pete Woods, as well as tie-ins to Warcraft, Pacific Rim, Godzilla, and King Kong.

After retiring from Legendary, Schreck became Deputy Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in 2019.[21]

Schreck credits his editorial philosophy in part to the influence of Archie Goodwin,[14] explaining: "I try to provide very fertile topsoil. A place for these people to take root and grow... a certain amount of stepping back and compassion, just being able to listen to what it is... many times the writer or the artist you’re working with, they’re not quite sure what it is they want to say at this juncture. So you’re there to hear things that even they’re not picking up on and help them see it."[4]

Personal life[edit]

Bob Schreck grew up in Levittown, New York. An avid performer, he sang for progressive rock bands and Rocky Horror shows. He currently resides in Milwaukie, Oregon with his husband Randy.

Awards[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010.
  2. ^ https://www.cbr.com/the-editors-editor-the-sub-genius-of-bob-schreck/
  3. ^ https://www.newsarama.com/46906-bob-shreck-named-cbldf-s-deputy-director.html
  4. ^ a b c d e f g https://www.cbr.com/the-editors-editor-the-sub-genius-of-bob-schreck/
  5. ^ https://nerdist.com/c2e2-exclusive-interview-with-legendary-comics-bob-schreck/
  6. ^ a b Portland Life, Vol 5 No 5, October 1997
  7. ^ https://www.cbr.com/diana-schutz-interview/
  8. ^ a b c http://www.wweek.com/arts/2016/08/10/dark-horse-comics-secret-origins-as-told-by-the-people-who-were-there-30-years-ago/
  9. ^ “In many ways he was my own personal marketing director.... For that and many other reasons Dark Horse launched Madman even higher into the stratosphere. “ Modern Masters Volume 16: Mike Allred by Eric Nolen-Weathington (TwoMorrows, 2008), page 22
  10. ^ “He knows how to get me working on it. Sometimes it’s flattery, sometimes it’s encouragement, sometimes it’s — well, he just opens Holy Hell before you.”Following Cerebus #5, Win-Mill Productions, August 2005
  11. ^ http://comicbookdb.com/creator_chron.php?ID=188
  12. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20180525210029/http://moviehole.net/20044572robert-rodriguez-is-still-a-madman
  13. ^ http://prismcomics.org/profile.php?id=47 Schreck profile Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Prism Comics (April 10, 2008).
  14. ^ a b http://antixpress.com/post/171358790902/portrait-of-an-editor-with-bob-schreckpt1
  15. ^ http://www.bookslut.com/features/2005_07_005951.php
  16. ^ https://nerdist.com/c2e2-exclusive-interview-with-legendary-comics-bob-schreck/
  17. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20060719045300/http://www.ninthart.com/display.php?article=1009
  18. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20160307060252/https://www.ninthart.org/display.php?article=1012
  19. ^ "Jurassic Park Story Continues in Print Form from IDW".
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ https://www.newsarama.com/46906-bob-shreck-named-cbldf-s-deputy-director.html
  22. ^ a b 1995 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners
  23. ^ 1999 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees Winners

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Preceded by
Denny O'Neil
Batman Group Editor
2000–2006
Succeeded by
Peter Tomasi