Jon J Muth

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Jon J Muth
Jon J Muth 2018.jpg
Muth in 2018
Born (1960-07-28) July 28, 1960 (age 61)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
OccupationArtist, illustrator
AwardsEisner Award, 1995
Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, 1999
Caldecott Honoree, 2006

Jon J Muth (/mjθ/; born July 28, 1960)[1] is an American writer and illustrator of children's books as well as graphic novels and comic books.


Muth studied stone sculpture and shodō (書道) (brush calligraphy) in Japan; and studied painting, printmaking, and drawing in England, Austria, and Germany.[2]

In the comics industry, his works include J. M. DeMatteis' graphic novel Moonshadow, Grant Morrison's The Mystery Play,[3] Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: The Wake[4][5] with Michael Zulli and Charles Vess, Mike Carey's Lucifer: Nirvana and Swamp Thing: Roots.[6] He worked with writers Walt and Louise Simonson and co-artist Kent Williams on Havok and Wolverine: Meltdown in 1988. That series was a result of Williams and Muth's desire to work on a project together.[7] Muth received an Eisner Award in the category "Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Interior Art)" in 1995 for his work on The Mystery Play.[8]

In addition, Muth has had an award-winning career as a children's book writer and illustrator. He explained that "A sense of joy is what moved me from comics to picture books. My work in children's books grew out of a desire to explore what I was feeling as a new father."[9] He received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators in 1999 for his illustrations in Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse. Muth created a version of the stone soup fable set in China[10] and illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game. In 2005, Muth collaborated with author Caroline Kennedy on A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children.[11]


Muth has authored and illustrated a number of books for a variety of publishing houses.

Art collections[edit]

  • Vanitas: Paintings, Drawings and Ideas Tundra Publishing, 1991
  • Pictures Places Stone Allen Spiegel Fine Arts, 1993
  • Koan: Paintings by Jon J Muth & Kent Williams with Kent Williams, Allen Spiegel Fine Arts, November 2001, ISBN 978-0964206939

Children's books authored and illustrated[edit]

Theater Adaptation

  • Zen Shorts, Adapted for stage by Rogue Artists Ensemble, 2015[12]

T.V. Adaptations

  • Stillwater, Apple TV+, 2020- [13]

Children's books illustrated[edit]

Comics/graphic novels[edit]



  • The Seventh Voyage
  • Moonshadow: The Definitive Edition
    • 2020, Eisner Nomination, Best Archival Collection/ Project-Comic Books[18]
    • 2019, Broken Frontier Award, Best Collection of Classic Material[19]
  • Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons
    • 2016, Beehive Book Award, Winner in the Poetry Division[20]
  • Zen Socks
    • 2015, A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • City Dog, Country Frog
    • 2010, A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • A Christmas Magic
    • 2010, Ohioana: The Hamilton County Committee Program; In honor of Hamilton County Authors and Composers
  • Stonecutter
    • 2010, Ohioana: The Hamilton County Committee Program; In honor of Hamilton County Authors and Composers
  • Zen Ties
    • 2009, Illustrator of the Year, The Children's Choice Book Award[21]
    • 2009, The Frances & Wesley Bock Book Award, Neumann University
    • 2009, Children's Choice Book Awards, Children's Book Council
    • 2008, Children’s Picture Book Award, New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association
  • Zen Shorts
    • 2006, Caldecott Honor Book, The Association for Library Service to Children
    • 2006, Book Sense Book of the Year, American Booksellers Association
    • 2005, Children’s Picture Book Award, New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association
  • The Three Questions
    • 2002, Children's Media Honor, Achievement in Picture Books, Parent's Guide to Children's Media, Inc., Board of Directors
    • 2002, HONORS Award, National Children's Publications Awards , National Parenting Publications Awards
  • Gershon's Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year
    • 2000, Sydney Taylor Book Award, The Association of Jewish Libraries
  • Come On, Rain
    • 1999, Gold Medal, The Society of Illustrators
  • The Mystery Play
  • The Mythology of an Abandoned City
    • 1993, Best Graphic Album nomination, Will Eisner Comics Industry Award


  • Stillwater, Apple TV+ Television Series
    • 2021, Nomination, Annie Award[22]
    • 2021, Nomination, Emmy Award[23]
    • 2021, Recipient, Peabody Award [24]


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010.
  2. ^ Muth, Jon J (n.d.). "Information". Archived from the original on May 10, 2015.
  3. ^ Daniels, Les (1995). DC Comics: Sixty Years of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes. New York, New York: Bulfinch Press. p. 208. ISBN 0821220764. Writer Grant Morrison and painter Jon J Muth explored murder and metaphysics in The Mystery Play (1994).
  4. ^ Bender, Hy (1999). The Sandman Companion. New York, New York: DC Comics. p. 270. ISBN 978-1563894657.
  5. ^ Burgas, Greg (January 7, 2013). "Comics You Should Own – Sandman". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 10, 2014.
  6. ^ Jon J Muth at the Grand Comics Database and Jon Jay Muth at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ "The many faces of comics world's Kent Williams". GMA News Online. November 1, 2012. The 1988 four-parter Havok & Wolverine: Meltdown came about because Williams wanted to work with Jon J. Muth, and they developed the story with the writers. Williams worked on the Wolverine art while Muth did the Havoc art.
  8. ^ "1995 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on March 12, 2016.
  9. ^ Duncan, Andrew (2008). "Jon J Muth Interview". Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  10. ^ Hopkinson, Deborah (May 2003). "Something old, something new: Jon J Muth's magical role as storyteller". Archived from the original on September 6, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  11. ^ "Jon J Muth". National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. n.d. Archived from the original on May 14, 2017. In 2005 Muth was asked by Caroline Kennedy to illustrate an anthology of poems. Their book, A Family Of Poems, went on to be a national bestseller. They did three collaborations celebrating poetry and language including 2013’s Poems To Learn By Heart.
  12. ^ "Zen Shorts". Rogue Artists Ensemble - Los Angeles Hyper-theater. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  13. ^ "Stillwater (TV series)", Wikipedia, 2021-06-29, retrieved 2021-06-30
  14. ^ "A Family Christmas by Caroline Kennedy". Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  15. ^ a b "Jon Jay Muth: Comics". Marvel Comics. Archived from the original on May 14, 2017.
  16. ^ "'The Seventh Voyage' Takes A Grand Journey In A Tiny Spaceship". Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  17. ^ "2020 Eisner Awards Nominations". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2020-06-02. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  18. ^ "2020 Eisner Awards Nominations". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2020-06-02. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  19. ^ "Broken Frontier Awards 2019: Announcing the Winners – Old Favourites, New Voices and David Schilter and Sanita Muižniece of kuš! comics Are this Year's Hall of Fame Entrants!". Broken Frontier. 2020-01-02. Retrieved 2020-01-05.
  20. ^ "Past Winners & Nominees". Utah Beehive Book Awards. Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  21. ^ "2009 Winners and Finalists – Children's Book Council". Children's Book Council. 2009. Archived from the original on January 30, 2019.
  22. ^ "'Wolfwalkers,' 'Stillwater' pick up 11 Annie Award nominations for Apple TV+". AppleInsider. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  23. ^ Selleck, Evan (2021-06-28). "Apple TV+ earns another 19 Daytime Emmy Award nominations thanks to 'Stillwater', 'Ghostwriter', and others". Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  24. ^ "Apple Original kids series "Stillwater" earns Peabody Award". Apple TV+ Press. Retrieved 2021-06-30.

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