Hi! I’m Josh!
I’m a multiple Eisner Award nominated, Glyph award-winning, New York Times Bestselling comic book writer and graphic novelist. My work has been reviewed and discussed by the BBC, CNBC Africa, The New York Times, the Huffington Post and elsewhere.
I co-created and wrote the cult-hit comic book series Violent Messiahs, first published in 1997 and have since worked for virtually every major comic book publisher, including DC, Vertigo, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, Random House Books, Archaia Entertainment, Valiant Entertainment, Disney Animation and Penny Farthing Press. I’ve been very fortunate to have had the chance to collaborate with some amazing masters in the industry, like Mike Mignola, Richard Corben, John Totleben, Igor Kordey, Enrique Breccia, Rick Veitch, Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá and Eric Powell, among others. I did a two year stint as the monthly writer of the legendary Swamp Thing and have worked on Conan, Hellboy and the Hellboy spinoff, B.P.R.D. I’m currently writing Imperium, a political/science fiction/horror/super villain spin-off of my previous series, Harbinger for Valiant Entertainment.
From 2008 to 2010 I wrote a revamp of The Unknown Soldier for Vertigo. The storyline took place in Acholiland Uganda in 2002 during the war between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the Ugandan People’s Defence Force. I spent a month in Northern Uganda doing research for the book. Unknown Soldier was nominated for two Eisner Awards (Best New Series in 2009 and Best Single Issue in 2010) and won multiple Glyph Awards including STORY OF THE YEAR. Unknown Soldier was featured on the front page of the art section of the New York Times and on the BBC. In December 2009 I gave an exhaustive interview to WORLD VISION REPORT about my experiences in Northern Uganda and attempts to adapt them into a mainstream, commercial work. That interview can be found here.
In June 2010, Vertigo Comics published my graphic novel based on Neil Young’s 2003 album Greendale. The incomparable Cliff Chiang drew the book. It spent two-weeks at #3 on the New York Times Graphic Novel Best-Seller list.
In 2011 I was hired to help reboot of Valiant Comics. An effort I’m still proudly a part of.
In 2012, WARP, the first video game which I helped conceptualize and write, hit Xbox Live and Playstation Network.
In 2016 LIVING LEVEL-3: IRAQ, a comic I wrote and co-created with the World Food Programme was released. For research I spent part of December 2014 in Iraqi Kurdistan interviewing refugees and IDP’s who were fleeing Da’esh (ISIS).
I’ve spoken and taught workshops and classes on various aspects of graphic culture at the Ohio Aesthetics Technology Lab, The University of Miami and The Minneapolis Institute of Art. I’ve moderated several panels on comics and culture featuring the likes of Bryan Lee O’Malley, Mark Waid and David Petersen and I mentored a class at Otis College of Art and Design called “Comic Books and Social Justice Issues” for several semesters.
I live by the beach.
I have yet to learn how to play Jazz on any instrument.
This is a picture of me doing something fun in a red shirt…