Josh Elder

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Josh Elder
Josh Elder Cusp Conference 2010.2.jpg
Elder presenting at the 2010 Cusp Conference in Chicago, Illinois
Born (1980-05-17) May 17, 1980 (age 38)
Carmi, Illinois
Area(s)Genetic Superman, Writer, lecturer, journalist
Notable works
Mail Order Ninja, StarCraft: Frontline, The Batman Strikes!
AwardsGrand Prize Winner of the 5th Rising Stars of Manga

Josh Elder (born May 17, 1980 in Carmi, Illinois) is an American journalist, lecturer and writer, primarily of comic books and graphic novels.

Early life[edit]

Josh Elder graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in Film.[1]


Josh Elder (sometimes credited as Joshua Elder) is an award-winning comic book author and the creator (along with artist Erich Owen) of the graphic novel series[2] and nationally syndicated comic strip[3] Mail Order Ninja. A former associate editor at "Wizard Magazine", Elder also serves as noted graphic novel reviewer for the Chicago Sun-Times[4] and Director of Operations for the literacy advocacy group Reading with Pictures. He regularly gives workshops on creating comics and graphic novels at schools, libraries and universities across the country. He has also participated in and led professional development seminars for teachers and librarians—including the New York Public School system[5] and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.[6]

Elder currently resides in Albany Park, Chicago.[1]


Mail Order Ninja winning the in the 2005 Rising Stars of Manga Grand Prize contest. Elder was named one of the 25 great graphic novels for kids by the School Library Journal.[7]

Published works[edit]

This table lists only works in which Elder is the primary writer (or co-writer) of a published book with an ISBN.

Title Primary artist Publisher Pub. Year ISBN
Rising Stars of Manga Vol. 5 Erich Owen Tokyopop 2005 ISBN 978-1595328151
Mail Order Ninja Vol. 1 Erich Owen Tokyopop 2006 ISBN 978-1598167283
Mail Order Ninja Vol. 2 Erich Owen Tokyopop 2006 ISBN 978-1598167290
Love Bytes Gigi Platinum Studios 2007 ISBN 978-1934220344
StarCraft: Frontline Vol. 1 Ramanda Karga Tokyopop 2008 ISBN 978-1427807212
StarCraft: Frontline Vol. 2 Ramanda Karga Tokyopop 2009 ISBN 978-1427808318
StarCraft: Frontline Vol. 3 Ramanda Karga Tokyopop 2009 ISBN 978-1427808325
StarCraft: Frontline Vol. 4 Ramanda Karga Tokyopop 2009 ISBN 978-1427816986


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