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    Timothy ''Tim'' Truman
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Bio:
I was born on February 9, 1956 in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia. My father was a coal miner and Baptist preacher. My mother is a housewife. I have three sisters. My wife Beth and I have been married since 1977. We have two children, Benjamin and Emily.


After graduating from Gauley Bridge High School in 1974, I briefly attended both the Columbus College of Art and Design and West Virginia University. In 1979, I enrolled in the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in New Jersey from which I graduated with Dean's List Honors in 1981.


The day after my graduation, I went to New York City and came away with my first professional assignments from SPI, a publisher of fantasy role playing games. I continued to work in the fantasy game field for about three years, most notably as a staff illustrator for TSR Hobbies, the creators of 'Dungeon's and Dragons.'



I started working in comics in the mid-1980's, becoming one of the mainstays of the so-called "independent" comics movement. For First Comics, I helped create (with writer John Ostrander) the science fiction mercenary GRIMJACK. Grimjack became one of the most well known and widely imitated characters of the 80's and early 90's and was instrumental in paving the way for the era of so-called "grim and gritty" action comics. (As a matter of fact, the very term "grim and gritty" was coined during a Grimjack editorial meeting!) With First I also wrote and illustrated one of the first all-original American graphic novels, TIME BEAVERS.


My next major work was SCOUT, which I wrote and drew for Eclipse Comics. SCOUT told the story of Emanuel Santana, an Apache warrior doing battle with crooked bureaucrats and mythological monsters in a post holocaust United States. The title earned several fan nominations for "Best New Series" and "Favorite Artist, " and won a Spanish "Haxtur" Award for "Best Cover Art". Like Grimjack, Scout proved to be popular and influential. Native American readers and educators applauded the book for its respectful but non-patronizing portrayal of Southwestern Indian culture and beliefs. SCOUT was also a favorite comic book of rock musicians like Jerry Garcia and Carlos Santana, both of whom I later had the privilege of working with.


While with Eclipse, I headed a comic packaging group called 4Winds. 4Winds produced several best-selling comic titles, such as THE SPIDER, PROWLER, and AIRBOY. Later, 4Winds branched into publishing, specializing in graphic novels from South America and Europe. We also published comics legend Sam Glanzman's two-volume S.F. epic, ATTU.


During this time, I wrote and illustrated DRAGON CHIANG, a futuristic tale of a two-fisted Chinese Communist truck driver, serialized by a European publisher. The talented Tim Bradstreet inked the project.


In the early 90's, I accepted an offer from editor Mike Gold at DC Comics to revamp, revise and revive DC Comics' long-running science fiction character HAWKMAN. I did so in the 4-issue, full color, graphic novel length Prestige Series comic, HAWKWORLD. HAWKWORLD won for me another Spanish Haxtur award, this time for 'Best Comic Book Miniseries.'


I've spent much of the 90's helping to resurrect a genre that was long considered "taboo" for modern comics: the Western.


The first was WILDERNESS-- my most ambitious project to date, and the one of which I am the proudest. This two-volume graphic novel is the biography of vilified Revolutionary War era outlaw, Simon Girty. Wilderness took five years to research and won me accolades from mainstream historians and frontier era historical reenactors.


Following WILDERNESS were two more history projects. The first was a graphic novel adaptation of the popular outdoor drama 'TECUMSEH!', which gave me a chance to work with Pulitzer-nominated author, Allen W. Eckert. I also served as costume consultant for the 20TH Anniversary Season of the play. This was followed by STRAIGHT UP TO SEE THE SKY, an all-prose, illustrated guide to several heroes and villains from the Ohio River frontier. This book also proved very popular with history buffs.


JONAH HEX: TWO GUN MOJO was my first collaboration with noted novelist, Joe R. Lansdale. This bloody but real dang funny miniseries won Joe and a myself the 1995 Bram Stoker Award for 'Best Comic Book Series' from the Horror Writers Association. A second JONAH HEX series, RIDERS OF THE WORM AND SUCH, called down the wrath of 70's blues rockers Johnny and Edgar Winter, two whose Texas musical legacy was among the topics parodied in the miniseries. (Paradoxically, I'd once paid tribute to Johnny Winter by naming a major SCOUT comic character after him, 'Sergeant Laura Winters'.) A massive First Amendment victory was won when all nine points and subsequent appeals for the unfortunate case were thrown out of court by the California Supreme Court.


Joe and I also helped revive the comic book careers of western fiction icons THE LONE RANGER AND TONTO before returning to JONAH HEX for one more miniseries in 1996.


One of the last westerns I worked on was THE KENTS, which told of the frontier beginnings of Superman's adopted family as written by old GRIMJACK cohort, John Ostrander.


Doing these books in the 90's was a special treat for me, in that they proved to any who doubted it that the Western genre could still be a valid and popular springboard for entertaining comics stories.


As a serious music fan and musician, I've been able to channel these interests into my comic book and illustration work. IN the early '80's, Eclipse Comics let me to feature examples of my music on flexi-disc soundpages in both Scout and The Prowler, and later released my first full-length LP, MARAUDER, performed by my band The Dixie Pistols.


In 1991, I began a long association with the Grateful Dead. I've created many CD covers, tour illustrations and limited edition T-shirts for them and was the main contributor to Kitchen Sink's GRATEFUL DEAD COMIX. DC's Vertigo imprint published DOGMOON, a poetic graphic novel which I illustrated for lyricist Robert Hunter. I create a full-color comics page in nearly every issue of THE GRATEFUL DEAD ALMANAC, available free from Grateful Dead Merchandising. It's an honor to follow in the footsteps of Greg Irons, Rick Griffin, Stanley Mouse, and other great San Francisco poster and underground comics illustrators who've been associated with the band.


Through Grateful Dead Records, I also fulfilled one of my teenage dreams when I did the cover illustration for a CD one of my favorite bands, Hot Tuna.


I've also worked with one of my favorite guitarists, Carlos Santana, whose biography I wrote and Illustrated for Rock-it Comics. It was during my interviews with Carlos that I discovered he was a longtime fan of my comic, SCOUT (Coincidentally enough, SCOUT'S main character, Emanuel Santana, was originally named in honor of Carlos.).


"I was honored when Grammy winning Nashville singer and songwriter Jim Lauderdale asked me to do the cover for his Headed for the Hills CD. Jim is a fantastic musician. The songs on the CD were co-written with my old friend and collaborator Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead and features performances by some of Jim's best friends, like EmmyLou Harris and Gillain Welch. (Click here to see the cover in 'Gallery4- Rock & Roll Art'.)


Music has always been as important a facet in my life as my writing and drawing. I've been playing guitar since the mid-1970's and in the late 80's started to build a recording studio in my home. In 1999, I started producing, recording, and playing lead guitar for Terry Strongheart, a very talented Cherokee singer and songwriter. The Terry Strongheart Band's first CD, TEARS, received airplay on various NPR and Native American radio stations and earned rave reviews.


For Valiant/Acclaim comics, I served as writer and artist in the TUROK: DINOSAUR HUNTER series. The Turok video game features several of the characters whom I created for the comic.


I was also the lead writer for the STAR WARS comic produced by Dark Horse Comics and Lucasfilm. For them I did character development for the female bounty hunter Aurra Sing and a mysterious Jedi known as the Dark Woman. I also created the Tusken Jedi character A'Sharad Hett. At about that same time, I created a heroic sci-fi vampire character named THE BLACK LAMB for DC comics. I also revamped a few of DC's older, lesser-known adventure characters: the CREATURE COMMANDOS (retooling the title as a modernistic military fantasy concept)and GUNS OF THE DRAGON (which featured Enemy Ace and Batlash in a adventure set in 1930's China).


In the late '90's I decided to do less comics work and focus on doing single illustrations. I creating trading cards for Topps (STAR WARS and MARS ATTACKS), Sheltone (the ELECTRIFIED! blues guitarist card set with my buddy, writer and historian Michael H. Price) and Fantasy Flight (GEORGE R. R. MARTIN'S GAME OF THRONES fantasy card game); animation (character designs and Native American culture consultant for Universal Cartoon Studios); book illustration (Bantam Books' and Byron Priess' iBooks WILD CARDS series and collections of stories by authors Norm Partridge, George R. R. Martin, Joe R. Lansdale, and others for Subterranean Press); portfolios (most notably the VISIONS OF ARZACH Mobius tribute series for Starwatcher Graphics); and a return to the role playing game illustration through assignments from White wolf Publishing and Paladium Books. This is a venue that I enjoy tremendously since sword and sorcery/fantasy has always been my favorite genre. I?ve done character and building designs for a multiplayer computer game system being produced by my friend Keith Parkinson at Sigel Games.


In 2001, I accepted an adjunct teaching position at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, where I have taught courses in Illustration and Sequential Art.


"Recently, John Ostander and I returned to our GRIMJACK character. The new series has been enthusiastically welcomed by comics fans, selling out in shops around the U.S. and receiving unanimously rave reviews. I also continue to do illustration work for Subterranean Press and the Grateful Dead.


Future projects include a series of volumes reprinting the adventures of SCOUT with Dynamic Forces Publishing; two projects featuring my favorite fictional character, Robert E. Howard's CONAN OF CIMMERIA, for Dark Horse Comics; hopefully another Grimjack miniseries; and work on a non-comics illustrated fantasy story called ODIN THE WANDERER.

This entry uses material from a May 2005 autobiography posted to the internet at www.timothytruman.com

Date of Birth: 9 February 1956
Birthplace: Gauley Bridge, WV USA

Website:
E-mail: t.truman@verizon.net


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Writer:
Airboy (1986)
Airboy Archives (2014)
Airboy Meets the Prowler (1987)
Alien Encounters (1985)
Allan W. Eckert's Tecumseh! (1992)
Alvar Mayor (1989)
The Black Lamb (1996)
The Colossal Conan (2013)
Comic Book Profiles presents Archie Goodwin (1999)
Conan (2003)
Conan Funcom Special (2006)
Conan The Cimmerian (2008)
Conan: Sons of Bel (2007)
Conan: The Daughters of Midora and Other Stories (2012)
Conan: The Frazetta Cover Series (2007)
Creature Commandos (2000)
Creepy (2009)
Dark Horse Monsters (1997)
Dark Horse Presents (1986)
Die Bradbury Chroniken (1994)
Downtime (1989)
Dragon Chiang (1991)
FUBAR (2009)
FUBAR: Summer Special (2012)
Green Lantern (1990)
Grimjack (1984)
Guns of the Dragon (1998)
Hawken (2011)
Hawkman (1993)
Hawkworld (1989)
Hawkworld (1990)
JLA: Gatekeeper (2001)
Killer ...Tales by Timothy Truman (1985)
King Conan: The Conqueror (2014)
King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon (2013)
King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword (2012)
King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel (2011)
Lansdale and Truman's Dead Folks (2003)
Malibu Signature Series (1993)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Graphic Novel: Ka-Zar; The Guns of the Savage Land (1990)
Munden's Bar (2007)
MySpace Dark Horse Presents (2007)
Newstralia (1989)
Prowler (1987)
Ray Bradbury Chronicles (1992)
Revenge of the Prowler (1988)
Scout (1985)
Scout (1990)
Scout (2006)
Scout: War Shaman (1988)
Scout: Interlude (1987)
Secret Files & Origins Guide to the DC Universe 2000 (2000)
Sgt. Rock (1977)
Sgt. Rock Special (1992)
The Spider (1991)
The Spider: Reign of the Vampire King (1992)
Star Wars (1998)
Star Wars (1999)
Star Wars Omnibus (2006)
Star Wars Sonderband (1999)
Star Wars Special (1999)
Star Wars: Episode I (1999)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars: The Bounty Hunters (1999)
Star Wars/Conan - Free Comic Book Day 2006 Special (2006)
Tales of Terror (1985)
Tarzan (1996)
Tim Truman's Dragon Chiang (1999)
Time Beavers (1985)
Total Eclipse (1988)
Turok, Dinosaur Hunter (1993)
Wilderness (1989)
Wilderness: The True Story of Simon Girty, Renegade (1999)

Penciller:
The 3-Minute Sketchbook (2007)
Absolute Vertigo (1995)
Airboy (1986)
Airboy Archives (2014)
Alien Encounters (1985)
Allan W. Eckert's Tecumseh! (1992)
Atomic Chili: The Illustrated Joe R. Lansdale (1997)
The Badger (1997)
The Best of Ray Bradbury: The Graphic Novel (2003)
The Big Book of... (1994)
The Black Lamb (1996)
Conan (2003)
Conan and the Songs of the Dead (2006)
Conan The Cimmerian (2008)
Creepy (2009)
Dark Horse Monsters (1997)
Dark Horse Presents (1986)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
DC Comics Presents: Superman - The Kents (2012)
Detective Comics (1937)
Die Bradbury Chroniken (1994)
Die Cosmic-Ranger (1985)
Die Träume des Arzach (1993)
Doc Savage: The Manual of Bronze (1992)
Dog Moon (1996)
Dragon Chiang (1991)
Flinch (1999)
Grateful Dead Comix (1991)
Grateful Dead Comix (1993)
Grimjack (1984)
Grimjack Casefiles (1990)
Grimjack: Killer Instinct (2005)
Grimjack: The Manx Cat (2009)
Guns of the Dragon (1998)
Hawken (2011)
Hawkworld (1989)
Hawkworld (1990)
The Heroes World Catalog (1979)
JLA: Gatekeeper (2001)
Joe R. Lansdale's By Bizarre Hands (2004)
Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm and Such (1995)
Jonah Hex: Shadows West (1999)
Jonah Hex: Shadows West (2014)
Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo (1993)
Jonny Quest (1986)
The Kents (1997)
Killer ...Tales by Timothy Truman (1985)
Kimota!: The Miracleman Companion (2001)
Lansdale and Truman's Dead Folks (2003)
The Legend of Grimjack (2005)
Legends of Arzach (1992)
Lobo's Greatest Hits (1991)
The Lone Ranger And Tonto (1994)
Mars Attacks: 50th Anniversary Collection (2012)
Martian Manhunter (1998)
Murder By Crowquill (1999)
Newstralia (1989)
The Puma Blues (1986)
Ray Bradbury Chronicles (1992)
Robin Hood (1991)
The Savage Sword Of Conan (1974)
Scalped (2007)
Scout (1985)
Scout (1990)
Scout (2006)
Scout Handbook (1987)
Scout: War Shaman (1988)
Scout: Interlude (1987)
Secret Origins (1986)
Sgt. Rock (1977)
Sgt. Rock Special (1992)
Skaar: Son of Hulk Presents: Savage World of Sakaar (2008)
The Spider (1991)
SpongeBob Comics (2011)
Star Wars Omnibus (2006)
Star Wars Special (1999)
Star Wars: The Bounty Hunters (1999)
Starslayer (1982)
Taboo (1988)
Tim Truman's Dragon Chiang (1999)
Time Beavers (1985)
Turok, Dinosaur Hunter (1993)
Valkyrie (1987)
The Vertigo Gallery: Dreams and Nightmares (1995)
Vertigo Visions: Artwork from the Cutting Edge of Comics (2000)
Visions of Arzach (1993)
Wasteland (1987)
Who's Who In The DC Universe Update 1993 (1992)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Wild Cards (1990)
Wilderness (1989)
Wilderness: The True Story of Simon Girty, Renegade (1999)

Inker:
Absolute Vertigo (1995)
Alien Encounters (1985)
Allan W. Eckert's Tecumseh! (1992)
The Big Book of... (1994)
The Black Lamb (1996)
Conan (2003)
Conan and the Songs of the Dead (2006)
Conan The Cimmerian (2008)
Creepy (2009)
Dark Horse Monsters (1997)
Dark Horse Presents (1986)
Detective Comics (1937)
Die Bradbury Chroniken (1994)
Die Cosmic-Ranger (1985)
Dog Moon (1996)
Flinch (1999)
Grimjack (1984)
Grimjack Casefiles (1990)
Grimjack: Killer Instinct (2005)
Grimjack: The Manx Cat (2009)
Guns of the Dragon (1998)
Hawken (2011)
Hawkman (2002)
JLA: Gatekeeper (2001)
Joe R. Lansdale's By Bizarre Hands (2004)
Jonny Quest (1986)
Killer ...Tales by Timothy Truman (1985)
Lansdale and Truman's Dead Folks (2003)
The Legend of Grimjack (2005)
Lobo's Greatest Hits (1991)
Martian Manhunter (1998)
Murder By Crowquill (1999)
Newstralia (1989)
The Puma Blues (1986)
Radio Boy (1987)
Ray Bradbury Chronicles (1992)
Robin Hood (1991)
The Savage Sword Of Conan (1974)
Scalped (2007)
Scout (1985)
Scout (1990)
Scout (2006)
Scout Handbook (1987)
Scout: War Shaman (1988)
Scout: Interlude (1987)
Secret Origins (1986)
Sgt. Rock (1977)
Sgt. Rock Special (1992)
Skaar: Son of Hulk Presents: Savage World of Sakaar (2008)
SpongeBob Comics (2011)
Star Wars Omnibus (2006)
Star Wars Special (1999)
Star Wars: The Bounty Hunters (1999)
Starslayer (1982)
Taboo (1988)
Time Beavers (1985)
Valkyrie (1987)
The Vertigo Gallery: Dreams and Nightmares (1995)
Who's Who In The DC Universe Update 1993 (1992)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Wild Cards (1990)
Wilderness (1989)
Wilderness: The True Story of Simon Girty, Renegade (1999)
Word Warriors (1987)

Colorist:

Letterer:
Alien Encounters (1985)
Allan W. Eckert's Tecumseh! (1992)
Dark Horse Monsters (1997)
Dark Horse Presents (1986)
Dragon Chiang (1991)
Flinch (1999)
Grimjack (1984)
Hawken (2011)
Killer ...Tales by Timothy Truman (1985)
Lansdale and Truman's Dead Folks (2003)
The Legend of Grimjack (2005)
Sgt. Rock (1977)
Tim Truman's Dragon Chiang (1999)
Wilderness: The True Story of Simon Girty, Renegade (1999)

Editor:
Airboy (1986)
Airboy Archives (2014)
Alvar Mayor (1989)
Hotspur (1987)
Moving Fortress (1988)
New America (1987)
Prowler (1987)
Revenge of the Prowler (1988)
Swords of Texas (1987)
Winter World (1987)
Winterworld (2009)

Cover Artist:
Absolute Vertigo (1995)
Airboy (1986)
Airboy Archives (2014)
Airboy Meets the Prowler (1987)
Allan W. Eckert's Tecumseh! (1992)
Alvar Mayor (1989)
Amazing Heroes (1981)
The Black Lamb (1996)
Blood of Dracula (1987)
Comic Shop News (1987)
The Comics Journal (1977)
Conan and the Songs of the Dead (2006)
David Anthony Kraft's Comics Interview (1983)
DC Comics Presents: Superman - The Kents (2012)
DC-spesiaali (1994)
Dead in the West (1993)
Die Bradbury Chroniken (1994)
Dog Moon (1996)
Dragon Chiang (1991)
Eclipse Extra! (1984)
Grateful Dead Comix (1991)
Grateful Dead Comix (1993)
Green Lantern (1990)
Grimjack (1984)
Grimjack: Killer Instinct (2005)
Grimjack: The Manx Cat (2009)
Guns of the Dragon (1998)
Hawken (2011)
Hawkworld (1989)
Hawkworld (1990)
Hotspur (1987)
JLA: Gatekeeper (2001)
Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm and Such (1995)
Jonah Hex: Shadows West (1999)
Jonah Hex: Shadows West (2014)
Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo (1993)
Jonny Quest (1986)
The Kents (1997)
Killer ...Tales by Timothy Truman (1985)
Kitchen Sink Press: The First 25 Years (1994)
Lansdale and Truman's Dead Folks (2003)
The Legend of Grimjack (2005)
The Lone Ranger And Tonto (1994)
Miracleman (1985)
Moving Fortress (1988)
Newstralia (1989)
Ray Bradbury Chronicles (1992)
Scout (1985)
Scout (1990)
Scout (2006)
Scout Handbook (1987)
Scout: War Shaman (1988)
Scout: Interlude (1987)
The Spectre (1992)
The Spider (1991)
The Spider: Reign of the Vampire King (1992)
The Spider's Web/G-8 and His Battle Aces (1991)
Star Wars Omnibus (2006)
Star Wars Special (1999)
Star Wars: The Bounty Hunters (1999)
Starslayer (1982)
Sweet Tooth (2009)
Time Beavers (1985)
Turok, Dinosaur Hunter (1993)
Wasteland (1987)
Web-Man / Time Warrior (1993)
Wild West Show (1996)
Wilderness (1989)
Wilderness: The True Story of Simon Girty, Renegade (1999)



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