Marjorie Liu

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Marjorie Liu
Liu at a signing for Monstress #22 at Midtown Comics in Manhattan
Liu at a signing for
Monstress #22 at Midtown Comics in Manhattan
Born1979 (age 40–41)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationNovelist, poet, comic book writer, lawyer
LanguageEnglish, Chinese
NationalityAmerican
Alma materLawrence University
University of Wisconsin Law School
Period2007—present
GenreAdventure, urban fantasy, romance, superhero fantasy
Notable worksMonstress
Tiger Eye
NYX
X-23
Dark Wolverine
Website
marjoriemliu.com

Marjorie M. Liu (born 1979) is an American New York Times best-selling author and comic book writer. She is acclaimed for her horror fantasy comic Monstress, and her paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels[1] including The Hunter Kiss and Tiger Eye series. Her work for Marvel Comics include NYX, X-23, Dark Wolverine, and Astonishing X-Men. In 2015 Image Comics debuted her creator-owned series Monstress, for which she was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best New Series. In 2017 she won a Hugo Award for the first Monstress trade paperback collection. In July 2018 she became the first woman in the 30-year history of the Eisner Awards to win the Eisner Award for Best Writer for her work on Monstress, though she shared the award with writer Tom King, who won for his work on other books.[2]

Early life[edit]

Marjorie M. Liu was born in Philadelphia in 1979, and grew up in Seattle, Washington.[3] Her father is Taiwanese, while her mother is an American of French, Scottish and Irish descent.[4] She developed an early love of reading, from books such as Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie books, and the works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Campbell, Charles de Lint and Jorge Luis Borges.[5]

Liu majored in East Asian Languages and Cultures and minored in Biomedical Ethics at the Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.[3][5] During her undergraduate years, she practiced her web design skills by designing a fan site called The Wolverine and Jubilee page, after her discovery of numerous X-Men fan sites that she admired. Although she had never read comic books as a child, she was familiar with the X-Men through the animated TV series and via fan fiction. She first purchased X-Men and Wolverine comics for reference for her fanfic from Powerhouse Comics in Appleton, Wisconsin. Writing fanfic helped her improve her storytelling skills.[5][6]

After graduating, she attended law school at the University of Wisconsin, as she was impressed with their East Asian legal center, and the presence of top U.S. experts in Biotech Law on the University's faculty. She found an internship in Beijing working at the Foreign Agriculture Service at the U.S. Embassy, which at the time, was dealing with the Chinese government's new rules regarding the import of genetically modified food. She graduated in May 2003, and was soon admitted to the bar.[3][5]

Career[edit]

Liu at a 2011 book signing at Midtown Comics Times Square in Manhattan

Despite enjoying law school, Liu was disillusioned with the life of a lawyer. Instead she decided to become a writer.[3] She published poetry, short stories, and non-fiction pieces, then submitted her first novel, a paranormal romantic adventure set in China and the United States entitled Tiger Eye. She wrote it in one month. She submitted it to several publishers before it was acquired by Dorchester,[5] and published in November 2007.[7] She wrote a sequel to Tiger Eye, then produced A Taste of Crimson, the sequel to Liz Maverick's Crimson City, which was published in August 2005.[8]

After seeing a little boy dressed as Spider-Man at a book convention in Tucson, Arizona, Liu told her former literary agent Lucienne Diver that she would enjoy writing for Marvel Comics. Diver, who knew a Marvel acquisition editor seeking authors for Marvel tie-in novels at Pocket Books, made inquiries. Pocket had already hired enough authors for the Spider-Man books, but they had not hired anyone to write tie-in novels for the X-Men.[3][6]

Liu produced theX-Men novel Dark Mirror for Pocket in 2005, but it was three years before that she landed her first comics assignment at Marvel, the X-Men spin-off NYX.[6][9][10] She served as co-writer on Marvel's Daken: Dark Wolverine with Daniel Way, and wrote the X-23 series, which ended with #21.

Liu wrote the final 21 issues for Marvel's Astonishing X-Men series with artist Mike Perkins from 2012 to 2013. The series received media attention for featuring Marvel Comics' first gay wedding between Northstar and longterm partner Kyle in issue #51 (August 2012).[11] According to Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, the issue comes as a response to real world's legalization of same sex marriage in New York.[12] Liu was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in 2013.[13]

In 2015, Liu taught a course at MIT on comic book writing and participated at the VONA/VOICES Workshop as guest lecturer at UC Berkeley for popular fiction.[14][15]

In 2015 Image Comics debuted Liu's comics series, Monstress, which gained wide publicity for its exploration of racism, the effects of war, and feminism.[16]

In July 2018 Liu became the first woman in the 30-year history of the Eisner Awards to win the Eisner Award for Best Writer for her work on Monstress. She shared the award with writer Tom King, who received it for his work on Batman books and Mister Miracle.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Since 2011, Liu has lived in Boston with author Junot Diaz.[17]

Bibliography[edit]

Dirk & Steele Series[edit]

# Title Also In Publication Date Comments
1 Tiger Eye 2005
2 Shadow Touch 2006
3 The Red Heart of Jade 2006
3.5 A Dream of Stone and Shadows Dark Dreamers Sep 2006 NYT Best Seller[1]
4 Eye of Heaven 2006
5 Soul Song 2007
6 The Last Twilight 2008
7 The Wild Road 2008
8 The Fire King 2009
9 In the Dark of Dreams 2010
10 Within the Flames 2011
11 Where the Heart Lives[18] Aug 2012

Hunter Kiss Series[edit]

# Title Also In Publication Date
1 The Iron Hunt 2008
2 Darkness Calls 2008
2.5 Hunter Kiss Wild Thing[19] May 2007
2.6 Armor of Roses Inked[20]

Armor of Roses and the Silver Voice[21]

Jan 2010
3 A Wild Light Jul 2010
3.5 The Silver Voice Armor of Roses and the Silver Voice[21] Dec 2011
4 The Mortal Bone 2011
5 Labyrinth of Stars 2014

Novels[edit]

  • A Taste of Crimson: Crimson City, Book 2 (2005)
  • X-Men: Dark Mirror (2005)
  • Sympathy for the Bones (Feb 2014) also in An Apple for the Creature
  • After the Blood (Jul 2014) also in Never After
  • Call Her Savage (Dec 2014) also in Masked

Anthologies and Collections[edit]

Anthology or Collection Contents Publication

Date

Dark Dreamers[22] A Dream of Stone and Shadows Sep 2006
Holidays are Hell Six Jan 2007
Wild Thing[19] Hunter Kiss May 2007
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon Where the Heart Lives Dec 2007
Hotter than Hell Minotaur in Stone Jun 2008
Huntress The Robber Bride Jun 2009
Never After The Tangleroot Palace Nov 2009
Inked[20] Armor of Roses Jan 2010
Masked Call Her Savage Jul 2010
Songs of Love and Death After the Blood Nov 2010
Armor of Roses and the Silver Voice[21] Armor of Roses

The Silver Voice

Dec 2011
An Apple for the Creature Sympathy for the Bones Sep 2012
The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination The Last Dignity of Man Feb 2013
The Starlit Wood Briar and Rose Oct 2016
Secret Loves of Nerd Girls Ghost 2017

Comics[edit]

  • NYX: No Way Home #1 - 6 (Marvel Comics, 2008–2009)
  • Dark Wolverine #75 - 90 (co-written with Daniel Way, Marvel Comics, 2009–2010)
  • X-23 Vol. 2 #1- Women of Marvel one-shot (Marvel Comics, 2010)
  • Black Widow Vol. 4 #1 - 5 (Marvel Comics, 2010)
  • Girl Comics #3 (Wolverine & Jubilee story only, Marvel Comics, 2010)
  • Wolverine: Road to Hell - one-shot (Marvel Comics, 2010)
  • Daken:Dark Wolverine #1 - 9 (co-written with Daniel Way, Marvel Comics, 2010–2011) (continuation of Dark Wolverine)
  • X-23 Vol. 3 #1 - 21 (Marvel Comics, 2010–2012)
  • Jim Henson's Storyteller ("Puss in Boots", Archaia, 2013)
  • Astonishing X-Men Vol. 3 #48 - #68, (Marvel Comics, 2012–2013)
  • X-Termination #1 (Marvel Comics, 2013)
  • X-Treme X-Men Vol. 2 #13 (Marvel Comics, 2013)
  • Legends of Red Sonja #4 (Dynamite, 2014)
  • Monstress (Image Comics, 2015)
  • Star Wars: Han Solo (Marvel Comics, 2016)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Name Category Work Result Ref
2019 Bram Stoker Award Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel Monstress, Volume 4: The Chosen Nominated [23]
2018 Hugo Award Best Graphic Story Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood Won [24]
2018 Eisner Award Best Writer Monstress Won [2]
2017 Hugo Award Best Graphic Story Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening Won [25]
2016 Eisner Award Best Writer Monstress Nominated [26][27]
2013 GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Comic Book Astonishing X-Men Nominated [13]
2012 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding The Mortal Bone Won [28]
2011 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee Paranormal Romance The Mortal Bone Nominated [29]
2011 Romantic Times Book of the Year Editor's Choice Within the Flames Nominated [30]
2008 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award Best Shapeshifter Romance The Last Twilight Nominated [31]
2008 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award Best Urban Fantasy The Iron Hunt Nominated [32]
2005 PEARL Award Best Futuristic A Taste of Crimson Won [33]
2005 PEARL Award Best New Author n/a Won [33]
2005 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award Best Contemporary Paranormal Romance Tiger Eye Won [34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: September 24, 2006". New York Times. 2006-09-24. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
  2. ^ a b c Ducharme, Jamie (21 July 2018). "A Woman Has Finally Won the Top Writing Award in Comic Books". Time.
  3. ^ a b c d e Liu, Marjorie M. "About the Author", marjoriemliu.com, accessed December 29, 2010.
  4. ^ Tan, Tiffany (October 17, 2010). "Marjorie's fantasies". China Daily. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e White, Claire E. "A Conversation With Marjorie M. Liu", The Internet Writing Journal, accessed December 29, 2010.
  6. ^ a b c Press, David. "INTERVIEW: Marjorie Liu talks 'Dark Wolverine' and 'Darkness Calls'." Archived 2017-10-16 at the Wayback Machine, Daily Planet, June 23, 2009
  7. ^ Tiger Eye at Amazon.com, accessed December 30, 2010.
  8. ^ A Taste of Crimson at Amazon.com, accessed December 29, 2010.
  9. ^ Lin, Peter. "X-23: Daddy's Little Girl", Here Be Geeks, November 20, 2010
  10. ^ "Interview with NYX writer Marjorie Liu live from Comic-Con". Comic Vine. Archived from the original on 2010-06-05. Retrieved 2010-03-11.
  11. ^ Moore, Matt (May 22, 12). "Marvel Comics plans wedding for gay hero Northstar". The San Francisco Chronicle.
  12. ^ "Marvel Comics Hosts First Gay Wedding in 'Astonishing X-Men'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  13. ^ a b Veselinovic, Milena (16 December 2014). "How a lawyer left the courtroom to discover she had X-Men powers". CNN. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Marjorie Liu - MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing". MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  15. ^ "Books: Comic book author Marjorie Liu on the writing of superheroes". Hyphen Magazine. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  16. ^ "'Monstress': Inside The Fantasy Comic About Race, Feminism And The Monster Within". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  17. ^ Swidey, Neil (December 23, 2012). "Acclaimed novelist Junot Diaz delivers". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  18. ^ "Where the Heart Lives". Marjorie Liu. February 18, 2020.
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  20. ^ a b "Inked". Marjorie Liu. February 18, 2020.
  21. ^ a b c "Armor of Roses and the Silver Voice". Marjorie Liu. February 18, 2020.
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  28. ^ "Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding | RT Book Reviews". www.rtbookreviews.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  29. ^ "Paranormal Romance | RT Book Reviews". www.rtbookreviews.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  30. ^ "RT Book of the Year | RT Book Reviews". www.rtbookreviews.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  31. ^ "Shapeshifter Romance | RT Book Reviews". www.rtbookreviews.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  32. ^ "Urban Fantasy Protagonist | RT Book Reviews". www.rtbookreviews.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  33. ^ a b "ParaNormalRomance: 2005 Paranormal Excellent Award for Romantic Literature PEARL Nomination". www.paranormalromance.org. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  34. ^ "Contemporary Paranormal Romance | RT Book Reviews". www.rtbookreviews.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25.

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