Clint McElroy

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Clint McElroy
Clint McElroy GalaxyCon Louisville 2019.jpg
McElroy at GalaxyCon Louisville in 2019
Born (1955-08-10) August 10, 1955 (age 66)[1]
NationalityAmerican
OccupationPodcaster, comic book writer, radio personality
Years active1975–present
Notable work
Spouse(s)
Leslie McElroy
(m. 1977; died 2005)
Carol McElroy
(m. 2010)
Children3: Justin, Travis, Griffin

Clinton Emil "Clint" McElroy, Jr. (/ˈmæk.əlˌrɔɪ/ MACK-əl-roy, born August 10, 1955)[1] is an American podcaster, comic book writer and former radio personality.[2] He is known for his work on the podcast The Adventure Zone, as well as for hosting several FM radio shows in West Virginia. Additionally, McElroy is an adjunct professor in the Department of Theatre at Marshall University.[3]

Career[edit]

Radio[edit]

Clint McElroy is an alumnus of Marshall University, at which he worked with campus radio station WMUL.[4] He then worked as news director at WKEE-FM in 1975, followed by roles at WRVC and WEMM-FM, as well as a sports director role at WWBA in Florida. Beginning in 1994, he co-hosted the morning show at WTCR-FM, along with co-host Judy Eaton.[5] In 2017, he retired from radio.[6][7]

Podcasting[edit]

In 2014, Clint McElroy and his sons – Justin, Travis, and Griffin – launched a tabletop role-playing game podcast entitled The Adventure Zone. Initially playing Dungeons & Dragons, the show moved into other game systems in later arcs. Clint acted as Game Master during the 'experimental' campaign Commitment, which made use of the Fate system.[8]

During the first arc, Balance, Clint portrayed Merle Highchurch, a dwarf cleric. In the second campaign, Amnesty, he portrayed Ned Chicane, and later Arlo Thacker. For the show's third campaign, Graduation, he portrayed Argo Keene, a water genasi rogue. In the fourth campaign, Ethersea, he portrayed Zoox, a Brinarr ranger.

In 2018, Clint McElroy appeared as a guest star on Adventure Impractical as part of the Stream of Many Eyes, a Dungeons & Dragons event promoting the new Waterdeep storyline.[9] He also appeared at the following year's event, The Descent.[10]

In 2020, Clint McElroy appeared as a guest voice in Sidequesting.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Clint began the daily YouTube series Stories from Your Gaffer, in which he reads chapters from books, in lieu of bedtime stories for his grandchildren. He began with The Hobbit, though had to switch to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for copyright reasons. Neil Gaiman granted permission for his books, and so Clint then moved on to Coraline.[11][12]

Comics[edit]

Clint wrote several comic books for NOW Comics in the early 1990s, such as Green Hornet: Dark Tomorrow and adaptations of the movies Freejack and Universal Soldier.[13] He also wrote for Eclipse Comics with Blood is the Harvest in 1992. This was among the final comics printed by the group, which ceased operation in 1994.[3][14]

Beginning with Here There Be Gerblins in 2018, Clint McElroy co-wrote a series of graphic novel adaptations of The Adventure Zone: Balance, releasing one volume each summer.[15][16] The four volumes released to date were highly successful, becoming New York Times bestsellers.[17]

Along with his sons, Clint co-wrote Journey into Mystery, a five-part limited series as part of Marvel's War of the Realms storyline. Alongside this, McElroy would work on Marvel Team-up #4 that year.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Clint McElroy spent his early years in Ironton, Ohio, where he attended Ironton High School and eventually Ohio University Southern Campus and then Marshall University, located in Huntington, West Virginia.

He married Leslie Gail McElroy (née Kitchen) in 1977. They had three children: Justin, Travis, and Griffin. Leslie died in 2005.[19] McElroy remarried in 2010.[4] He has two stepchildren.[20]

Works[edit]

Awards and achievements[edit]

In 2009, Clint McElroy was inducted into the Greater Huntington Wall of Fame, in recognition of his contributions to local radio as well as local theater.[1]

In 2021, a newly discovered species of millipede was named Nannaria mcelroyorum in recognition of the McElroy family's podcasts, which entertained the scientists during their field work. The millipede is found in West Virginia as well as the wider Appalachian region.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Chambers, Bryan. "Wall of Fame inductees announced". Herald Dispatch.
  2. ^ Faires, Rosalind (October 12, 2017). "Rolling the Dice". The Austin Chronicle. Nick Barbaro.
  3. ^ a b "Super Clint | Huntington Quarterly".
  4. ^ a b Mayne, Rick. "Huntington Quarterly - Articles - Issue 73 - Clint McElroy". www.huntingtonquarterly.com. Archived from the original on June 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Lavender, Dave (June 2, 2018). "Clint McElroy to appear at Tricon ahead of book release". The Herald-Dispatch. Edward Dawson.
  6. ^ Lavender, Dave (August 11, 2017). "Radio legend McElroy signing off after 42 years". The Herald-Dispatch. Edward Dawson.
  7. ^ "Clint McElroy Retires From WTCR/Huntington, WV, But The Podcasting Rolls On". AllAccess.com. August 11, 2017.
  8. ^ McElroy, Griffin (October 5, 2017). "Setup - The Adventure Zone: Commitment - Maximum Fun". www.maximumfun.org.
  9. ^ "Stream of Many Eyes: Special Guests". dnd.wizards.com. April 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "Play the New Storyline at D&D Live 2019: The Descent | Dungeons & Dragons".
  11. ^ "Stories from Your Gaffer: Story Time We Didn't Know We Needed".
  12. ^ Stories from your Gaffer | Episode 3. YouTube. Archived from the original on December 11, 2021.
  13. ^ "How 'The Adventure Zone' Went From 'D&D' Podcast to Graphic Novel". The Hollywood Reporter. July 16, 2018.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 1, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ Hoover, Natalie (June 14, 2018). "'The Adventure Zone' Podcast Is Getting Its Own Graphic Novel". Study Breaks.
  16. ^ "Exclusive: First look at interiors of 'The Adventure Zone' sequel 'Murder on the Rockport Limited'". EW.com. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  17. ^ "Paperback Trade Fiction Books - Best Sellers - Books - Aug. 5, 2018 - the New York Times". The New York Times.
  18. ^ "Marvel Team-Up is Definitely a Ms Marvel Ongoing Comic - with the Adventure Zone's Clint McElroy". April 18, 2019.
  19. ^ "LESLIE GAIL McELROY". The Herald-Dispatch. May 24, 2005. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  20. ^ McElroy, Clint. "Huntington Quarterly | Articles | Issue 80 | Last Laugh". www.huntingtonquarterly.com. Archived from the original on September 11, 2018. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  21. ^ "The Adventure Zone's Clint McElroy and Carey Pietsch Talk Fantasy, Spies, and Onomatopoeia". October 25, 2017.
  22. ^ "Is Marvel Team-Up Stealth-Canceled Too? Or Was It Always a Stealth Miniseries?". August 22, 2019.
  23. ^ "Marvel Comics #1001 Reviews".
  24. ^ Means, Jackson C.; Hennen, Derek A.; Marek, Paul E. (April 13, 2021). "A revision of the minor species group in the millipede genus Nannaria Chamberlin, 1918 (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Xystodesmidae)". ZooKeys (1030): 1–180. doi:10.3897/zookeys.1030.62544. PMC 8060247. PMID 33958904 – via zookeys.pensoft.net.