Lilah Sturges

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Lilah Sturges
Lilah Sturges 2021.jpg
Born (1970-10-02) October 2, 1970 (age 51)
Rhode Island, United States
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Writer
Notable works
Jack of Fables
House of Mystery

Lilah Sturges[1] (/ˈstɜːrɪz/; born Matthew Sturges, October 1970) is an American writer of comics and fantasy novels. She is best known for co-writing with Bill Willingham the Eisner-award-nominated Jack of Fables, and other comics published by Vertigo Comics / DC Comics.[2]

Career[edit]

In the 1990s, Sturges was a member of the writers' collective Clockwork Storybook, which also included Willingham, Chris Roberson, and Mark Finn.[3]

Beginning in 2006, she and Willingham co-wrote the 50-issue Jack of Fables (a spin-off from Willingham's popular Fables series). In 2008 she began writing the 42-issue House of Mystery as well.[4][5][6] After signing an exclusive deal with DC Comics later that year,[7][8] Sturges wrote Blue Beetle from #29[9] to its end with #36,[10] and Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! featuring the Human Flame.[11][12][13] In 2009 she partnered again with Willingham writing Justice Society of America beginning with issue #29.[14][15]

She is the author of two novels—Midwinter (2009)[16] and its sequel The Office of Shadow (2010)—and a book of short horror fiction, Beneath the Skin and Other Stories (2000).

In September 2020, she announced her first graphic novel with Oni/Lion Forge, Girl Haven, with Meaghan Carter and Joamette Gil. She says that "the book is for anyone who loves a fantasy adventure, but it has a special message for young trans kids—that they are okay, that they are allowed to be who they are and also to be confused sometimes, and that they are worthy of love and friendship."[17]

Personal life[edit]

Sturges was born in October 1970 in Rhode Island, and assigned male. In December 2016, Sturges announced via her Twitter and Facebook accounts that she is a transgender woman, and is now named Lilah. She has two daughters, Emerson and Camille.[1]

Bibliography[edit]

Graphic novels[edit]

  • Lumberjanes (drawn by polterink, Boom! Studios)
    • The Infernal Compass (October 23, 2018)
    • The Shape of Friendship (November 26, 2019)
    • True Colors (October 20, 2020)
  • Girl Haven (cocreated with Meaghan Carter and Joamette Gil, Oni-Lion Forge, February 9, 2021)

Comics[edit]

  • Jack of Fables #1–50 (cowritten with Bill Willingham, Vertigo, September 2006 – March 2011)
  • Shadowpact #17–25 (DC Comics, September 2007 – July 2008)
  • Countdown to Mystery: "A Syzygy in Plastic" #1–8 (DC Comics, November 2007 – June 2008)
  • Salvation Run #3–7 (DC Comics, March–July 2008)
  • House of Mystery #1–42 (Vertigo, July 2008 – 2011) collected as:
    • Room and Boredom (collects House of Mystery #1–5, 128 pages, January 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2079-7)[18]
    • Love Stories for Dead People (collects House of Mystery #6–10, 128 pages, June 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2276-5)[19]
  • Blue Beetle #29–36 (with artists Rafael Albuquerque, André Coelho, and Carlo Barberi; DC Comics, September 2008 – April 2009)
  • Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! (with Freddie Williams, DC Comics, 6-issue limited series, 2009)
  • Thor: Season One (with Pepe Larraz, Marvel Universe, 178 pages, September 2013, ISBN 978-0-7851-5379-5)[20]
  • Vertigo Double Shot #1 (2008)
  • Justice Society of America Vol. 3 #24, 29–33, Annual #2
  • The Literals #1–3
  • Fables #83–85, 143, 148
  • Booster Gold Vol. 2 #21–25, 28-29 (Blue Beetle backup story, 2009)
  • JSA 80-Page Giant 2010 #1
  • JSA All-Stars #1–18 (2010–2011)
  • The Web (2009) #6–10
  • DC Universe #57
  • The Mighty Crusaders Special #1
  • G.I. Combat Vol. 2 #1 (2010)
  • Doctor Who: A Fairytale Life #1–4 (IDW Publishing, 2011)
  • Zatanna Vol. 2 #12
  • The Spirit #14
  • Power Girl Vol. 2 #26
  • Fairest #7 (2012)
  • Damsels: Mermaids #0–5
  • The Witching Hour Vol. 2 #1
  • Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1–16 (Digital Chapter 1–48)
  • Muirwood: The Lost Abbey #2–5
  • Public Relations #1–13 (cowritten with Dave Justus)
  • The Four Norsemen of the Apocalypse (2016) OGN SC
  • Mix Tape 2016 nn

Prose[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Midwinter (2009)
  • The Office of Shadow (2010)

Short story collections[edit]

  • Beneath the Skin and Other Stories (2000)

Games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lilah Sturges, The Latest Comic Creator To Tell Us She's Trans". Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News. 2016-12-29. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  2. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "Jack of Fables", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 100–101, ISBN 978-0-7566-4122-1, OCLC 213309015
  3. ^ "Chris Roberson interviewed – infinity plus non-fiction". www.infinityplus.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  4. ^ "Sturges & Willingham on the New House of Mystery" Archived 2009-12-16 at the Wayback Machine. Newsarama. February 20, 2008
  5. ^ Sturges is Big Brother of Vertigo’s "House of Mystery", Comic Book Resources, May 6, 2008
  6. ^ "House Showing: Matt Sturges on House of Mystery". Newsarama. February 17, 2009
  7. ^ "SDCC '08 – The 'Fables' Panel & Announcements". Newsarama. July 28, 2008
  8. ^ Matt Sturges I: Living with Fables, & Now DC Exclusive. Newsarama. August 13, 2008
  9. ^ "Talking Blue Beetle with Matt Sturges". Newsarama. August 13, 2008
  10. ^ "Hail and Farewell: Sturges on Blue Beetle's End". Newsarama. November 14, 2008
  11. ^ "Behind the Page – Matthew Sturges, 2". Newsarama. February 10, 2009
  12. ^ "Ian Sattler on the Final Crisis: Aftermath Titles". Newsarama. February 11, 2009
  13. ^ "The Most Powerful? Matt Sturges on The Human Flame and Run!". Newsarama. February 16, 2009
  14. ^ Talking JSA With Willingham & Sturges, Comic Book Resources. January 19, 2009
  15. ^ "Willingham and Sturges Talk Justice Society of America". Newsarama. December 26, 2008
  16. ^ "From Comics to Novels: Matt Sturges on 'Midwinter'". Newsarama. March 23, 2009
  17. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Lilah Sturges’ new book GIRL HAVEN lets kids explore gender in a LGBTQIA+ fantasy, Comics Beat. September 25, 2020
  18. ^ Room and Boredom details at DC Comics
  19. ^ Love Stories for Dead People details at DC Comics
  20. ^ Thor: Season 1 details at Marvel Comics

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