|Born||May 25, 1957|
The Sandman: The Kindly Ones
Tug & Buster
|Awards||Inkpot Award 1992|
Writer and artist Marc Hempel grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and now lives in Baltimore. He received a B.F.A. in Painting from Northern Illinois University in 1980. He and Mark Wheatley co-created the titles Breathtaker and Mars. In 1994–1995, he collaborated with Neil Gaiman on the climactic story arc "The Kindly Ones" in The Sandman. Hempel's own creations Gregory and Tug & Buster were nominated for several industry awards, and his humor anthology Naked Brain was named "Best Comic Book" in the Baltimore City Paper's "Best of Baltimore 2003" issue. His art has also appeared in Marvel Fanfare, Epic Illustrated, Heavy Metal, Jonny Quest, Tarzan the Warrior, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, Flinch, My Faith in Frankie, The Dreaming, Lucifer, and Disney Adventures.
Original art from The Sandman and Breathtaker was included in an exhibition entitled "LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel," which originated at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Breck Eisner will direct the upcoming Hollywood film adaptation of Blood of the Innocent, a comic book series Hempel co-created with Rickey Shanklin and Wheatley. Inferno Entertainment has acquired underlying rights to the series and is funding development and production of the feature, which is being co-produced with Circle of Confusion.
Hempel has created advertising art for print and television as well as character design for HBO Animation. He has produced CD art for the Nashville band Swamp Rat, drawn an episode of the online strip Munden's Bar for ComicMix.com, illustrated a 21–page Escapist story for Dark Horse Comics, and contributed to both Mad and Nickelodeon Magazine.
- Blood of Dracula #1–2, 11 (1987–1989)
Art & Soul
- Tug & Buster #1–7 (1995–1998)
- Jonny Quest #3, 10, 14–15, 17–18, 20, 22, 24–31 (1987–1988)
- Breathtaker #1–4 (1990)
- Dreaming #34, 50 (1999–2000)
- Flinch #5 (1999)
- Gregory #1–4 (1989–1993)
- The Invisibles #6 (1997)
- Lucifer #55 (2004)
- Mad #484, 493, 498, 500, 504, 506 (2007–2010)
- My Faith in Frankie #1–4 (2004)
- Re-Gifters graphic novel (2007)
- The Sandman #57–61, 63, 65–69 (1994–1995)
- Swamp Thing vol. 3 #13–16, 18 (2001)
- Who's Who in the DC Universe #9 (Vicki Vale) (1991)
- Mars #1–12 (1984–1985)
- Heavy Metal #v5#11, #v6#3, #v6#8 (1982)
Insight Studios Group
- Naked Brain #1–3 (2002)
- Tarzan the Warrior #1–5 (1992)
- Amazing High Adventure #3 (1986)
- Clive Barker's Hellraiser #20 (1993)
- Epic Illustrated #4, 16, 31 (1980–1985)
- Marvel Fanfare #27 (Spider-Man) (1986)
- Blood of the Innocent #1–4 (1986)
- Warp Graphics Annual #1 (1986)
- Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011.
- "Marc Hempel". Lambiek Comiclopedia. March 14, 2008. Archived from the original on July 4, 2012.
- Bender, Hy (1999). The Sandman Companion. New York, New York: DC Comics. pp. 269–270. ISBN 978-1563894657.
- Burgas, Greg (January 7, 2013). "Comics You Should Own – Sandman". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 10, 2014.
- "1990 Harvey Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on February 14, 2017.
- "1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017.
- "Best Comic Book". Baltimore City Paper. September 17, 2003. Archived from the original on July 29, 2007.
- Marc Hempel at the Grand Comics Database
- "LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel". Norman Rockwell Museum. 2010. Archived from the original on February 26, 2014.
- McNary, Dave (March 24, 2011). "Inferno funding Blood of the Innocent". Variety. Archived from the original on April 22, 2014.
- "Inkpot Awards". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2015. Archived from the original on April 23, 2015.
- Marc Hempel at Insight Studios Group
- Marc Hempel at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)
- Marc Hempel at Mike's Amazing World of Comics
- Marc Hempel at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
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