James Tynion IV
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|James Tynion IV|
Tynion at the 2018 Phoenix Comic Fest
December 14, 1987|
New York, New York
James Tynion IV was born December 14, 1987, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Marquette University High School. While studying creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Tynion met and began studying under Scott Snyder, in the nascent years of his comic book writing career. Following school, he became an intern for the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, working under Editor Shelly Bond, among others.
After a few years working in advertising, Scott Snyder asked Tynion to co-write the back-up features for the New 52 relaunch of Batman, in the midst of the acclaimed Night of the Owls comic book storyline, starting with Batman #8. In this comic, he tied the Court of Owls mythology to Alfred Pennyworth's father, Jarvis Pennyworth, working with noted American Vampire artist, Rafael Albuquerque. Tynion went on to co-write Batman Annual #1 with Snyder, for artist Jason Fabok, which reintroduced classic Batman Villain, Mr. Freeze into the present day continuity. Continuing on the Back-up stories in the main Batman title, Tynion launched a spin-off of the Night of the Owls storyline with the ongoing comic series, Talon, which ran for 18 issues. Tynion followed up Talon with a brief stint on the title Red Hood and the Outlaws in which he re-introduced a number of members of The League of Assassins back into Batman continuity.
In 2013, Tynion paired with artist Jeremy Rock to co-create his first original comic series, The Eighth Seal, for Mark Waid's digital comic publisher Thrillbent. The series, an apocalyptic blend of political intrigue and body horror, was nominated for the 2013 Ghastly Award for Best Web Comic. Tynion followed up the series with an additional horror comic for Thrillbent, The House In The Wall, co-written by Noah J. Yuenkel and drawn by Eryk Donovan.
In 2014, Tynion launched his two biggest series to date. He was named as one of the head writers of Batman Eternal, a weekly Batman comic series designed to explore the full scope and cast of Gotham City. The series would bring classic Batman characters like Carmine Falcone, Hush, Vicki Vale, and Stephanie Brown into the New 52 DC continuity. He also launched the original series The Woods, for BOOM! Studios, with artist Michael Dialynas, which proved to be the highest selling original series at that publisher since Mark Waid's Irredeemable, with the first issue selling out on a distributor level. The series was given an unprecedented full series order, guaranteeing that it will run to its planned conclusion at Issue #36. He followed up The Woods with a three-issue apocalyptic horror miniseries for BOOM! Studios, titled Memetic, which paired him with artist Eryk Donovan once again
In 2015, Tynion was announced as one of the co-writers of the new Constantine: The Hellblazer series alongside Ming Doyle and artist Riley Rossmo, as a part of the DCYou publishing initiative at DC Comics. He also took on the role of show runner for the weekly series Batman & Robin Eternal, which brought Cassandra Cain and the original Azrael, Jean-Paul Valley into modern continuity. Both characters were tied to the new Batman arch villain, Mother, created by Tynion and Tony Daniel. Tynion also was announced as the writer of the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover with DC and IDW Publishing, the first meeting between the two franchises. The series launched in December 2015 as DC Comics' sixth best selling title for the entire year. He also launched two new creator owned series through Boom! Studios, UFOlogy, co-written by Noah J. Yuenkel with art by Matt Fox, and Cognetic, the spiritual sequel to Memetic with artist Eryk Donovan.
At Wondercon in 2016, James Tynion IV was announced as the writer of the biweekly Detective Comics for DC's Rebirth initiative. The new series launched in June of that year with the classic numbering restored starting with issue #934, and featured Batman and Batwoman as co-leads.
James Tynion IV is openly bisexual.
- Justice League Dark #1-Ongoing (art by Alvaro Martinez, 2018-Ongoing)
- Justice League #5, 8 (art by Doug Mahnke, Mikel Janin, 2018-Ongoing)
- Justice League Dark and Wonder Woman: The Witching Hour #1 (art by Jesus Merino, 2018)
- Wonder Woman #56-57 (art by Emanuela Lupacchino, 2018)
- Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour #1 (art by Jesus Merino, 2018)
- Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1 (art by Mark Buckingham, 2018)
- The Immortal Men #1-6 (art by Jim Lee, Ryan Benjamin, Tyler Kirkham, 2018)
- Detective Comics #934-981 (art by Eddy Barrows, Alvaro Martinez, 2016-2018)
- Justice League: No Justice #1-4 (written with Scott Snyder and Joshua Williamson, art by Francis Manapul, 2018)
- DC Nation #0 (written with Scott Snyder and Joshua Williamson, art by Jorge Jimenez, 2018)
- Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1 (written with Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson and Grant Morrison, art by Doug Mahnke, Howard Porter, and Jorge Jimenez, 2018)
- Detective Comics Annual Vol. 3 #1 (art by Eddy Barrows, 2018)
- Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1-6 (art by Freddie Williams II 2017-2018)
- Batman: Lost #1 (written with Scott Snyder and Joshua Williamson, art by Doug Mahnke, Yanick Paquette, and Jorge Jimenez, 2017)
- The Batman Who Laughs #1 (art by Riley Rossmo, 2017)
- Batman: The Devastator #1 (written with Frank Tieri, art by Tony S. Daniel, 2017)
- Batman: The Murder Machine #1 (written with Frank Tieri, art by Riccardo Federici, 2017)
- Batwoman #1-6 (written with Marguerite Bennett, Art by Steve Epting, 2017)
- Dark Days: The Casting #1 (written with Scott Snyder, art by Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, and John Romita, Jr., 2017)
- Dark Days: The Forge #1 (written with Scott Snyder, art by Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, and John Romita, Jr., 2017)
- Green Lantern/Space Ghost Annual #1 (written with Christopher Sebela, Art by Ariel Olivetti, 2017)
- The Kamandi Challenge #4 (art by Carlos D'anda, 2017)
- Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1-6 (art by Freddie Williams II, 2015-2016)
- Gotham Academy #16 (art by Christian Wildgoose, 2016)
- Batman Vol. 2 #8-16, 18-25, 28, 35-39, 49, 52, 0 (art by Rafael Albuquerque, Jock, Andy Clarke, Alex Maleev, Kelley Jones, Graham Nolan, John McCrea, Sam Kieth, Dustin Nguyen, Yanick Paquette, Riley Rossmo 2012-2016)
- Batman and Robin Eternal #1-26 (written with Scott Snyder, Tim Seeley, Steve Orlando, Genevieve Valentine, Ed Brisson, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly, 2015-2016)
- Constantine: The Hellblazer #1-13 (written with Ming Doyle, art by Riley Rossmo, Vanesa Del Rey, Chris Visions, 2015-2016)
- Batman Annual Vol. 2 #4 (art by Roge Antonio, 2015)
- Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #8 (art by Noelle Stevenson, 2015)
- Batman Eternal #1-52 (written with Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley, John Layman, and Kyle Higgins, 2014-2015)
- Batman Annual Vol. 2 #3 (art by Roge Antonio, 2014)
- Red Hood and the Outlaws #19-28, Annual #1 (art by Julius Gopez, Al Barrionuevo, Jeremy Haun, Stephen Segovia, 2013-2014)
- Vertigo Quarterly: Cyan #1 (art by Martin Morazzo, 2014)
- Talon #0-14 (art by Guillem March, Miguel Sepulveda, Szymon Kudranski, Emanuel Simeoni, 2012-2013)
- Batman and Robin Vol. 2 #23.2 "Court of Owls" (art by Jorge Lucas, 2013)
- Batman and Robin Vol. 2 #23.3 "Ra's al Ghul" (art by Jeremy Haun, 2013)
- Detective Comics Vol. 2 #12, 19, 0 (art by Szymon Kudranski, Henrik Jonnson, Mikel Janin, 2012-2013)
- Batman Annual Vol. 2 #1 (co-written by Scott Snyder, art by Jason Fabok, 2012)
- "The Backstagers 2018 Halloween Intermission " #1 (with Rian Sygh, 2018)
- "The Backstagers 2018 Valentine's Intermission " #1 (with Rian Sygh, 2018)
- "Eugenic" #1-3 (with Eryk Donovan, 2017)
- "The Woods" #1-36 (with Michael Dialynas, 2014-2017)
- "The Backstagers" #1-8 (with Rian Sygh, 2016-2017)
- "Cognetic" #1-3 (with Eryk Donovan, 2015)
- "UFOlogy #1-6 (written with Noah James Yuenkel, art by Matt Fox, 2015)
- "Memetic" #1-3 (with Eryk Donovan, 2014)
- "Bravest Warriors: Paralyzed Horse Special" #1 (with Erica Henderson, 2014)
- "Amazing X-Men" #13 (with Jorge Jimenez, 2014)
- "Death of Wolverine: Logan's Legacy" #5 (with Andy Clarke, 2014)
- "Love is Love" ("Pride" short, with Molly Knox Ostertag, 2016)
- "In The Dark: A Horror Anthology" ("Why So Sad" short, with Eryk Donovan, 2014)
- "The Eighth Seal" (with Jeremy Rock, 2013-2014)
- The House In The Wall" (co-written by Noah J. Yuenkel, art by Eryk Donovan, 2014)
Awards and Nominations
- 2017 Diamond Gem Award for Licensed TP/HC of the Year for "Batman/TMNT Vol. 1"
- 2017 PRISM Award for Best Single Issue From A Mainstream Publisher for "The Backstagers #1"
- 2016 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book for "The Woods"
- 2017 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book for "The Woods"
- 2017 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book for "The Backstagers"
- 2017 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book for "Batwoman"
- 2015 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book for "Memetic"
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- Renaud, Jeffrey. "TYNION SNATCHES A "TALON" FROM "BATMAN"". Comic Book Resources.
- "2013 Ghastly Award Nominations". Ghastly Awards.
- Truitt, Brian. "Batman springs 'Eternal' in 2014 with new weekly series". USA Today.
- Burlingame, Russ. "The Woods #1 Sells Out, Heading Back For Second Printing". Comic Book News.
- "Boom Commits To Multi-Year Publishing Deal For James Tynion's The Woods". Bleeding Cool.
- Reed, Patrick. "THE DEADLY POWER OF IDEAS: JAMES TYNION IV AND ERYK DONOVAN GO IN-DEPTH ON 'MEMETIC'". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on 2014-10-23.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
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