John Bergin is a writer, illustrator, designer, and musician. As Art Director at Lakeshore Records, he has created and designed packaging for soundtrack albums such as Drive, Bone Tomahawk, Napoleon Dynamite, Brooklyn, Nightcrawler, Underworld, and hundreds more.
Bergin is known for his graphic novel From Inside, which he also adapted into a feature-length animated film. As the Director of From Inside, Bergin collaborated with famed music icon Gary Numan who scored the film.
From Inside won numerous awards and screened at over 50 international film festivals, including SITGES (Best Animated Feature), Fantasia Film Festival (Jury Prize), Utopiales (Grand Prix), and Future Film Festival of Italy. From Inside was released on streaming and DVD October, 2014.
In 2015 Bergin produced and contributed music to two soundtrack albums designed to accompany his comic book, Wednesday. Performers who contributed music include Daniel Davies (Year Long Disaster, John Carpenter), Geno Lenardo (Filter, Device), Nina Bergman, Will Hunt (Evanescence), Brian Liesegang (NIN, Filter), Mlny Parsonz (Royal Thunder). The Wednesday soundtracks are released by Lakeshore Records.
Bergin's band Trust Obey, recorded a soundtrack for The Crow comic book which was released by Graphitti Designs with a deluxe hard cover edition of the graphic novel to coincide with the release of Alex Proyas' original movie adaptation. Trust Obey signed to Trent Reznor's Nothing Records and recorded one album titled Hands of Ash (CDs included a humorous sticker on the front quoting Reznor, after having been released from Nothing Records: "Not a great commercial potential").
Other musical projects by Bergin include C17H19NO3, Tertium Non Data (featuring Pam Bricker), Lance Grabmiller, Paved In Skin, Lolo, and Blackmouth (with Jarboe of Swans and Brett Smith of Caul). Albums were released by these acts from the 1990 to the present by Invisible Records, Crowd Control Activities, Lakeshore Entertainment, and Stompbox13.
Bergin has created album cover designs and illustrations for many bands, such as Ministry, Einstuerzende Neubauten, Naked Raygun, Robert Rich, Gravity Kills, Lustmord, Graham Revell, Test Dept., Damon Elliott, Paul Haslinger, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, and many more.
Bergin's on-going comic book series is titled Wednesday. The graphic novel tells the story of a young girl living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
Bergin wrote and illustrated the comic book Ashes (1990), published by Caliber Comics. Through the 1990s, Bergin created short comics and illustrated titles for Heavy Metal Magazine, Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse Comics. In the mid-90s he collaborated with James O'Barr, working as creative talent for Tundra, where they produced The Crow, Bone Saw, IO, and From Inside. For his graphic novel work, Bergin was nominated for the Harvey Award for Best New Talent in 1991. In 1996 Caliber Press published Bergin's comic series Golgothika.
Many of Bergin's comics and illustrations have been re-released by his publishing company, Stompbox13
John Bergin Attended University of the Arts in Philadelphia from 1984-1988.