Matt Wagner

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Matt Wagner
Matt Wagner at WonderCon 2009.JPG
Wagner at WonderCon 2009
Born (1961-10-09) October 9, 1961 (age 54)
Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker, Letterer, Colourist
Notable works
Mage
Grendel

Matt Wagner (born October 9, 1961)[1] is an American comic book writer and artist, known as the creator of the series Mage and Grendel.

Career[edit]

Wagner's first published comic book work was Comico Primer #2 (1982), which was the first appearance of Grendel.[2] In addition to his creator-owned series' Mage and Grendel,[3] he has worked on comics featuring the Demon and Batman as well as such titles as Sandman Mystery Theatre.[4] In 1991, he illustrated part of the "Season of Mists" story arc in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series.[5][6] He wrote and drew Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity a limited series featuring DC's three major heroes in 2003.[7] He followed it with Batman and the Monster Men[8] and Batman and the Mad Monk[9] in 2006.

His other projects include Madame Xanadu for Vertigo, with artist Amy Reeder Hadley.[10][11] He has produced numerous comics covers, including painted ones for Green Arrow[4] and has written several Green Hornet limited series for Dynamite Entertainment.[12]

Outside comics, Wagner provided art for the 1984 Villains & Vigilantes adventure Battle Above the Earth written by Steven Crow.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Wagner currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife Barbara Schutz (Diana Schutz's sister). They have two children.[citation needed]

Bibliography[edit]

Mage: The Hero Defined, cover by Matt Wagner.

Awards[edit]

  • 1988: Nominated for "Best Writer" Eisner Award, for Grendel
  • 1993:
    • Won "Best Finite Series/Limited Series" Eisner Award, for Grendel: War Child
    • Nominated for "Best Writer/Artist" Eisner Award, for Legends of the Dark Knight: "Faces"
    • Nominated for "Best Cover Artist" Eisner Award, for Legends of the Dark Knight: "Faces"
    • Nominated for "Best Inker" Eisner Award, for Grendel: War Child
  • 1995: Nominated for "Best Writer" Eisner Award, for Sandman Mystery Theatre
  • 1999:
    • Won "Best Anthology" Eisner Award, for Grendel: Black, White, and Red
    • Won "Best Short Story" Eisner Award, for "Devil's Advocate" in Grendel: Black, White, and Red #1
    • Nominated for "Best Writer" Eisner Award, for Grendel: Black, White, and Red

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ Eury, Michael (February 2004). "Wagner and Schutz: Creator Relations". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (2): 29. 
  3. ^ "Matt Wagner". Lambiek Comiclopedia. 2015. Archived from the original on September 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Matt Wagner at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Bender, Hy (1999). The Sandman Companion. DC Comics. p. 266. ISBN 978-1563894657. 
  6. ^ Burgas, Greg (January 7, 2013). "Comics You Should Own – Sandman". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "2000s". Batman: A Visual History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 268. ISBN 978-1465424563. Matt Wagner headed to DC Comics to write and illustrate this three-issue prestige-format series that retold the original meeting between Batman and Superman and heroine Wonder Woman. 
  8. ^ Manning "2000s" in Dougall, p. 286: "Writer/artist Matt Wagner utilized the Monster Men from [Batman #1] as well as their creator, Dr. Hugo Strange."
  9. ^ Manning "2000s" in Dougall, p. 291: "The second in his 'Dark Moon Rising' series, writer/artist Matt Wagner dug up another Golden Age gem in the person of the Mad Monk in this six-issue follow-up to Batman and the Monster Men."
  10. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 334. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Madame Xanadu was a relatively minor player in the DC Universe, but [Matt] Wagner, assisted by stunning art by Amy Hadley, crafted a first-class tale. 
  11. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (April 11, 2008). "Wagner Saws Madame Xanadu in Half with Vertigo". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ Sunu, Steve (January 27, 2011). "Wagner Brings Green Hornet: Year One to a Close". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. 
  13. ^ Appelcline, Shannon (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 

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