Jeff Lemire

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Jeff Lemire
Lemire at the 2012 New York Comic Con.
Born (1976-03-21) March 21, 1976 (age 39)
Essex County, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Area(s) Cartoonist, Writer, Penciller
Notable works
Essex County Trilogy
The Nobody
Sweet Tooth
Animal Man
Awards Xeric Award, 2005
YALSA Alex Award, 2008
Joe Shuster Award, 2008
Doug Wright Award, 2008
Joe Shuster Award, 2013

Jeff Lemire (born March 21, 1976[1] in Essex County, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian comics artist and writer. He is the author of titles including the Essex County Trilogy, Sweet Tooth, The Nobody, and Animal Man. Lemire is known for his moody, humanistic stories and sketchy, cinematic, black-and-white art.

Early life[edit]

Lemire was born and raised in a small farming town in Essex County, Ontario, near Lake St. Clair.[2] Lemire attended film school, but decided to pursue comics when he realized that filmmaking did not suit his solitary personality.[2]


After self-publishing the Xeric Award-winning comic book Lost Dogs in 2005 via his Ashtray Press imprint, Lemire found a home at Top Shelf Productions. He produced the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated Essex County Trilogy for Top Shelf in 2008–2009.

Lemire serializes a science-fiction strip called Fortress in the quarterly UR Magazine.

In 2009, DC Comics' Vertigo imprint published Lemire's The Nobody, a two-color tale of identity, fear and paranoia in a small community. Lemire wrote and illustrated the full-color Vertigo series Sweet Tooth.[3][4] He then moved over to the DC Universe to write the one-shot Brightest Day: Atom, with Turkish artist Mahmud Asrar, designed to act as a springboard for an Atom story to co-feature in Adventure Comics.[5] He also relaunched the Superboy series featuring the character Conner Kent.[6] During Flashpoint he wrote Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown mini-series,[7] then, as part of The New 52, he wrote the ongoing series Animal Man[8] and Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E..[9][10]

Further into the launch of The New 52 Lemire took over the writing duties on Justice League Dark with issue #9, while leaving Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. to newcomer Matt Kindt.[11][12] He continued to write Animal Man into 2012, including teaming up with Swamp Thing writer Scott Snyder for a crossover between the two books called 'Rotworld'.[13][14] In February 2013, Lemire replaced Ann Nocenti as the writer of Green Arrow. His work on the title, which had not been well-received under previous writers, was widely praised by critics and fans, and lasted until September 2014.

2012 saw the publication of a new graphic novel from Top Shelf called The Underwater Welder, which was released to critical acclaim.[15][16][17]

In 2006 Lemire's work was included in an international symposium gathering artists, scholars, curators, publishers, librarians, critics, and writers at the Banff Centre. Lemire's work was part of the "Comic Craze" exhibit, which showcased Canadian comics and narrative fiction.[1]

Lemire drew a Rip Hunter story for Time Warp #1 (May 2013) which was written by Damon Lindelof and published by Vertigo.[18][19][20]

In 2014, he and Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, and Dan Jurgens co-wrote The New 52: Futures End.[21]

In 2014, Lemire began work with several other publishers. He co-wrote (with Matt Kindt) a miniseries entitled The Valiant for Valiant Comics, which was followed by the ongoing series Bloodshot Reborn. He is writing the creator-owned sci-fi series Descender for Image Comics, and will be writing the series The Black Hammer for Dark Horse Comics. At the 2014 New York Comic Con, it was announced that Lemire would be writing his first Marvel Comics title with All-New Hawkeye, which began in March 2015.[22]

In June 2015, Lemire was announced as a writer for three titles in the "All-New, All-Different Marvel" branding: Hawkeye, Extraordinary X-Men, and Old Man Logan.


Lemire won a Xeric Award in 2005 for his book Lost Dogs.[23] He was a 2008 recipient of a Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award for Essex County Volume 1: Tales from the Farm.[24] Lemire received a Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Award for Outstanding Cartoonist in 2008,[25] and the Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent in 2008.[26] 2013 saw Lemire win another Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Cartoonist (recognizing his work on Sweet Tooth and The Underwater Welder).[27]

Lemire has also been nominated for an Ignatz, a Harvey, and two Eisner Awards.[28]

In 2011 Essex County was selected as one of five titles for Canada Reads, with the theme of "The Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade." Its celebrity champion was Sara Quin.[29] Essex County was eliminated in the first round, but later placed #1 in a "People's Choice" poll with more votes than all other books combined.[30]

Personal life[edit]

He currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is married and has a son.[31]


Early work[edit]

Top Shelf Productions[edit]


DC Comics[edit]

Other US publishers[edit]


  1. ^ a b Lemire profile on the Top Shelf website.
  2. ^ a b Brophy-Warren, Jamin (August 27, 2009). "Tales of the Country: Jeff Lemire shrugs off comics' urban obsession". Wall Street Journal. 
  3. ^ Geddes, John (November 19, 2009). "'Sweet Tooth' like Mad Max with antlers". USA Today. 
  4. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (February 5, 2010). "Out of the Woods with "Sweet Tooth"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (April 13, 2010). "Lemire Embiggens Ray Palmer". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (May 14, 2010). "LEMIRE on SUPERBOY: "The Best of Two Worlds"". Newsarama. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (May 27, 2011). "FLASHPOINT FACTS: Lemire Bolts Frankenstein into "Flashpoint"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (June 8, 2011). "Lemire Aims for Less Meta, More Family in DCnU ANIMAL MAN". Newsarama. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (June 8, 2011). "Lemire Discovers the Dark Sides of "Animal Man" & "Frankenstein"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ Truitt, Brian (September 12, 2011). "It's alive! Frankenstein electrifies DC Comics' 'New 52'". USA Today. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
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  18. ^ "Vertigo Showcases Time Warp Anthology Art". Comic Book Resources. February 22, 2013. Archived from the original on July 13, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Lindelof, Lemire do the Time Warp with Rip Hunter". USA Today. March 25, 2013. Archived from the original on July 13, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  20. ^ Khouri, Andy (April 2, 2013). "Vertigo’s Time Warp Anthology Returns Rip Hunter and Trolls with Super-Science". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on July 13, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  21. ^ Moore, Matt (December 11, 2013). "DC Readies Weekly Weekly Series, Futures End for Spring". Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
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  23. ^ Hautain, Frederik (July 14, 2005). "Lost Dogs Sneak Peek - Broken Frontier". Broken Frontier. 
  24. ^ Lemire, Jeff (January 14, 2008). "TALES FROM THE FARM WINS AN YASLA AWARD!!". 
  25. ^ Joe Shuster Award,
  26. ^ Jeff Lemire in the Canadian Encyclopedia,
  27. ^ 2013 Joe Shuster Award Winners,
  28. ^ Manning, Shaun (July 7, 2009). "Lemire on Essex County & New Vertigo Work". Comic Book Resources. 
  29. ^ CBC Books - Canada Reads 2011
  30. ^ Canada Reads 2011 People's Choice Poll
  31. ^ Biography from The Nobody (DC/Vertigo, 2009).


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Preceded by
Karl Kesel
Superboy writer
Succeeded by
Scott Lobdell
Preceded by
Peter Milligan
Justice League Dark writer
(with Ray Fawkes in 2013)
Succeeded by
J.M. DeMatteis
Preceded by
Ann Nocenti
Green Arrow writer
Succeeded by
Ben Sokolowski & Andrew Kreisberg
Preceded by
Peter Milligan
Constantine writer
(with Ray Fawkes)
Succeeded by
Ray Fawkes