Nat Gertler

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Nat Gertler
Nat Gertler writer photo.jpg
Born (1965-04-30) April 30, 1965 (age 50)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Notable works
The Peanuts Collection[1]
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel[2]
The Factor[2]
Awards Eisner Award nominations[2][3][4][5]

Nat Gertler (born April 30, 1965) is an American writer who is known for his comics and books about comics.[6] Gertler is an authority on the subject of Schulz's Peanuts,[7][8][9] and runs an Internet site that sells memorabilia associated with the comic strip.[10][11] He was nominated twice for the Eisner Award, which is the comic book industry's equivalent to the Oscar Awards,[3][12] based on his work entitled The Factor about an unseen superhero.[2][4] Gertler is also notable for founding in 2004 an annual 24-hour-long challenge to cartoonists to produce a "24-page comic book".[13][14][15] In addition, Gertler has written prose fiction, technical writing, television episodes and a video game script, as well as titles in the Complete Idiot's Guides series of books.[16] He founded a specialist publishing firm called About Comics[16] which publishes properties such as The Weasel Patrol, The Factor, Licensable BearTM, and The Liberty Project.[12][13] Gertler's script anthologies Panel One and Panel Two were highly recommended in USA Today for persons interested in learning how to write a comic book.[17]


Gertler's 2010 The Peanuts Collection received positive reviews in the Los Angeles Times,[1] The Boston Globe,[18] USA Today and others.[19][20] The Chicago Sun-Times described it as a "slipcovered museum collection" filled with "treasures",[19] and the Christian Science Monitor described it as "a gold mine of Peanuts memorabilia and removable inserts".[21]

Personal life[edit]

Gertler is a graduate of Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. His sister Brie Gertler is a professor of philosophy. He lives in Camarillo, California, with his wife and two children.

Selected works[edit]

  • 24 Hour Comics All-Stars (editor), About Comics, 2005 (ISBN 0-9753958-4-X).
  • 24 Hour Comics Day Highlights, 2004 (editor), About Comics, 2004 (ISBN 0-9753958-0-7).
  • Comics prose : short stories (editor and contributor), About Comics, 2004 (ISBN 0-9716338-6-X).
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel (with Steve Lieber), Alpha Books, 2004 (ISBN 1592572332).
  • The Factor (with various illustrators), About Comics, 2004 (ISBN 0-9716338-5-1).
    • reprints The Factor, issues 0-4, About Comics, 1999.
    • issue 0 previously published in Negative Burn 29-31.
  • Panel One: Comic Book Scripts by Top Writers (editor), About Comics, 2002 (ISBN 0-9716338-0-0).
  • Speed Racer classics (writer for English script; original Japanese manga Mach go go go by Tatsuo Yoshida), Now Comics, 1988.


  1. ^ a b "‘Peanuts’ at 60? That makes Snoopy 253 years old". Los Angeles Times. October 2, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Eighteen Eisner Award Winners, Nominees To Attend Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con, April 29-May 1". PR*Urgent. April 18, 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2012. ... Eisner nominees scheduled to appear include James Andrew Clark (“The Guns of Shadow Valley: Scar Tissue”), Chyna Clugston Flores (“Blue Monday,” “Brave & The Bold”), Nat Gertler (“The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a GN”, “The Factor”), ... 
  3. ^ a b Christy Kallies (interviewer) Nat Gertler (interviewee) (1999). "Nat Gertler: Eisner Nominee". Sequential Tart. Retrieved August 16, 2012. Vol II, Iss 5 
  4. ^ a b "2006 Eisner Award Nominations". Comics Reporter. April 5, 2006. Retrieved August 16, 2012. Best Anthology ... 24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2005, edited by Nat Gertler (About Comics) 
  5. ^ Chris Murphy, Nov 17, 2008, Publishers Weekly, About Comics at the Ten Year Mark, Accessed March 13, 2014, "... About Comics. Issue 0 of The Factor collected shorter works by writer Nat Gertler ... The Eisner-nominated miniseries told the story of one superhero..."
  6. ^ Edmon J. Rodman, April 25, 2012, Jewish Journal, Barmitzvahman — Hero for more than a day, Accessed March 13, 2014
  7. ^ "Magazines Matter: Volume 2- October 2010". WBOC 16 (tv station). December 30, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2012. ...In that same magazine, Nat Gertler did a retrospective of the works of Charles Schulz. His "Six Decades of Peanuts" looked back fondly at Charlie Brown and his friends. ... 
  8. ^ Jason P. Woodbury, December 3, 2012, Phoenix New Times, A Charlie Brown Christmas & Fantagraphics' New Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking are Peanuts Christmas Classics, Accessed March 13, 2014, "...explains Peanuts historian Nat Gertler...."
  9. ^ Amid Amidi, October 9, 2007, Cartoon Brew, Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography, Accessed March 13, 2014, "... the first comprehensive bio of Charlez Schulz, ...Nat Gertler offers an in-depth review of the book on his blog..."
  10. ^ Associated Press (February 17, 2000). "Fans grab memorabilia after Schulz's death: 3,000 pieces, from dog dishes to key chains, go on sale on eBay". The Deseret News. Retrieved August 16, 2012. ... Nat Gertler of Pasadena, who runs an Internet site that sells "Peanuts" books, videos and music... 
  11. ^ Staff reporters, February 17, 2000, San Francisco Examiner (SFGate), SNAPPING UP SNOOPY, Accessed March 13, 2014, "...said Nat Gertler of Pasadena, who runs an Internet site that sells Peanuts books, videos and music..."
  12. ^ a b Mark Langshaw (July 9, 2009). "Free comics for Second Life subscribers". digital spy. Retrieved August 16, 2012. About Comics ... The Weasel Patrol, The Factor, Licensable BearTM and The Liberty Project ... Founded by Eisner Award nominee Nat Gertler, About Comics is an independent publisher dedicated to alternative books and comic-related material.... 
  13. ^ a b Micah Mertes (October 14, 2008). "Rest up now to take part in 24 Hour Comics Day Saturday: During the daylong event at the Hi-Way Diner, complete a 24-page comic book as part of an international event.". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved August 16, 2012. ... 24 Hour Comics Day. The event was founded in 2004 by Nat Gertler, publisher of About Comics.... 
  14. ^ J.M. Hunter, September 30, 2011, The Outhousers, The Indy 5-Ohh!:Nat Gertler creator of 24-Hour Comics Day!, Accessed March 13, 2014, "...Nat Gertler creator of the 24-Hour Comics Day event and writer of numerous The Complete Iditot's Guide..."
  15. ^ Apr 7, 2007, The Daily Cross Hatch, Alec Longstreth, 24 Hour Comics survivor, Accessed March 13, 2014, "...In 2004, Gertler made “official” the 24 Hour Comic concept that was originally concocted by Scott McCloud and Steve Bissette in 1990..."
  16. ^ a b "Full Description". October 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  17. ^ Zack Smith, November 28, 2012, USA Today, How to write a comic book, Accessed March 13, 2014, "... highly recommend Nat Gertler's two anthologies of comic scripts PANEL ONE and PANEL TWO..."
  18. ^ "In the running". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 16, 2012. “The Peanuts Collection: Treasures from the World’s Most Beloved Comic Strip” by Nat Gertler (Little, Brown) 
  19. ^ a b FRIDA KAHLO (December 16, 2010). "Reviews in brief: Coffee table gift books". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  20. ^ Whitney Matheson (November 11, 2010). "Comics recs: 'Peanuts,' Charles Burns and more". USA Today. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Top picks: TV series 'Slings and Arrows' on DVD, Charles Schulz's 'The Peanuts Collection,' Rock Band 3, and more". Christian Science Monitor. October 22, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2012. ... 'The Peanuts Collection' ... Nat Gertler ... and more recommendations .... It is a gold mine of Peanuts memorabilia and removable inserts ... 

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