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In 1992, seeking greater control and profit over the work they created, Larsen and six other illustrators left Marvel to form Image Comics, where Larsen launched a series featuring a reworked version of Savage Dragon. This time, the Dragon was a massively muscled green amnesiac, who joined the Chicago police department after being discovered in a burning field. Initially debuting in a three-issue miniseries, the series met with enough success to justify a monthly series, launched in 1993. To this day, Larsen continues to write and illustrate the series entirely by himself, and has maintained a reasonably consistent monthly schedule. Larsen has occasionally produced ancillary mini-series, and sometimes allowed other creators to produce stories featuring the Dragon or other characters from the series.
Savage Dragon is one of two original Image Comics titles still published (the other being Spawn) and the only one still written and drawn by its creator, a fact for which Larsen has been lauded. The character was also adapted into a short-lived (26 episodes) USA Network animated series that started in 1995.
Erik Larsen in the Grand Comics Database:
Bodhi Day is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautauma (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. According to tradition, Siddhartha had recently forsaken years of extreme ascetic practices and resolved to sit under a peepal tree and simply meditate until he found the root of suffering, and how to liberate oneself from it.
Bodhi Day is observed in many mainstream Mahayana traditions including the traditional Zen and Pureland Buddhist schools of China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. In Japanese Zen, it is also known as Rohatsu. In Tendai and other Japanese sects, it is called either Shaka-Jōdō-e (釈迦成道会) or simply Jōdō-e (成道会).
Services and traditions vary amongst Buddhist sects, but all such services commemorate the Buddha's achievement of Nirvana, and what this means for Buddhism today. Individuals may choose to commemorate the event through additional meditation, study of the Dharma, chanting of Buddhist texts (sutras), or performing kind acts towards other beings. Some Buddhists celebrate with a traditional meal of tea, cake, and readings.
Osamu Tezuka's Buddha series in the Grand Comics Database:
Wayne was born in Cleveland, Ohio, grew up in Milford, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan. He was childhood friends with writer Richard Pursel and was high school and college friends with writer Dwayne McDuffie.
Wayne's first comic book credit was for material in Marvel Year-In-Review #1 for Marvel Comics. He then wrote several stories for Hamilton Comics.
When McDuffie co-founded the comic book company Milestone Media, Wayne was hired as an editor on titles such as Icon and Hardware. Wayne also wrote several titles, including the series Shadow Cabinet and Heroes.
After Milestone ceased publishing monthly comics in 1997, Wayne wrote for DC Comics.
Wayne credits his friend Richard Pursel for helping him get his first job writing in television for the animated series Poochini. His friendship and past work with Dwayne McDuffie led to other television writing work, including Static Shock, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Danny Phantom, Tom and Jerry Tales, Krypto the Superdog, and Storm Hawks.
Wayne was hired to write several episodes of the animated series Justice League Unlimited and was eventually promoted to story editor. Continuing his work on animated projects based on popular comic books, he also wrote several episodes of the Legion of Super Heroes and the Spectacular Spider-Man.
Wayne also wrote the screenplay for the animated film, Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms.
Matt Wayne in the Grand Comics Database:
Medda was born in Cagliari, Sardinia. In 1991, together with Antonio Serra and Bepi Vigna, he created the science fiction series Nathan Never for Sergio Bonelli Editore. This was followed by Legs Weaver (1995-2005), set in the same fictional universe.
Medda also wrote stories for Tex, Nick Raider and Dylan Dog.
Michele Medda in the Grand Comics Database:
Lutes went to college at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1991. He moved to Seattle after graduation, where he found work for the alternative comics publisher Fantagraphics, and eventually became art director of the alternative weekly The Stranger.
During this period, Lutes began writing and self-publishing his own comic work with Penny Dreadful Press. In 1993 Lutes began serializing a strip for The Stranger, which was collected in 1996 in the critically acclaimed graphic novel Jar of Fools. After two years of research, Lutes embarked on the ambitious comic book series Berlin, an ongoing 24-chapter story set in the twilight years of Germany's Weimar Republic. When Berlin's original publisher Black Eye Productions closed in 1998, Drawn & Quarterly took over the series.
Lutes subsequently moved to Asheville, North Carolina, in October 2002; this move forms the subject of his autobiographical Rules to Live By, collected in AutobioGraphix by Dark Horse Comics.
In 2007, Hyperion published the graphic novel Houdini: The Handcuff King, written by Lutes and illustrated by Nick Bertozzi.
Starting in the spring of 2008, he became part of the faculty of the Center for Cartoon Studies; he is now an adjunct professor there.
Jason Lutes in the Grand Comics Database:
Dumm has also worked on such projects as Dennis McGee and The Miracle Squad. He contributes a regular strip (illustrated bios of blues people) to the newsletter Music Makers Rag. His editorial cartoons have been published in Cleveland Scene, Cleveland Free Times, and The Plain Dealer. A retrospective of his work was shown at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve in Cleveland.
Gary Dumm in the Grand Comics Database:
Kitson's first professional work was Spider-Man for Marvel UK. He also drew many stories for 2000 AD, beginning with a Future Shock written by Peter Milligan and others by Grant Morrison, and going on to achieve great acclaim with his detailed work on Judge Anderson (written by Alan Grant).
His first work for DC Comics was a Batgirl special issue. With writers Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn, he produced the JLA: Year One limited series which clarified elements of the team's origin. In 2002 he began a run on The Titans. In 2004, Kitson helped relaunch Legion of Super-Heroes for DC Comics and continued on it for two and a half years ending with issue #31.
Kitson has worked with Marvel Comics since 2007 on titles including The Order, Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four, and The Amazing Spider-Man. More recently, he worked on Incredible Hulk, an Iron Man miniseries and two issues of FF.
Barry Kitson in the Grand Comics Database:
Katsuya Terada is probably best known in the United States as the character-designer for the animated film Blood: The Last Vampire. He has also done work related to American comics, such as Iron Man and Hellboy (one of his illustrations was used for an official statuette of Hellboy). He also made additional contributions to old issues of Nintendo Power, including a special edition Strategy Guide for Dragon Warrior. In Japan, he has done the promotional illustrations for Detective Saburo Jinguji mystery-adventure video game series.
He was in charge of the book cover and illustrations for the Kimaira series written by Baku Yumemakura, and was in charge of cover design and illustrations for Garouden, Shin Majugari, and Yamigarishi as well.
Terada has defined himself as a "rakugaki" artist, more of a philosophy than a style of drawing, in which one draws a little everywhere, all the time, without thinking too much, on notebooks etc. He is a very prolific artist; one of his collections of sketches numbers more than 1000 pages, appropriately called Rakuga King.
He has done very little group-drawn work (an exception being the manga Saiyukiden Daienou (Monkey King)), his principal activities being illustration and character design.
His use of CG tools is integrated very well in his illustrations, giving his work a vivid and rich appearance. He has admitted various influences on his work, particularly European ones, like Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Moebius) and the magazine Métal Hurlant which he has said gave him a taste for strong women who are slightly stripped.
Katsuya Terada in the Grand Comics Database:...
A New Yorker who was born in the Bronx, Scaduto attended high school at the School of Industrial Art, where he focused on cartooning and won several awards. He also studied at the Art Students League. After graduating from the School of Industrial Art in 1946, he joined the art department at King Features, and two years later, he teamed with cartoonist Bob Dunn on They'll Do It Every Time.
Over a 14-year period, Scaduto drew both the Little Iodine newspaper strip and comic books. The character appeared in a series of 56 Dell Comics published between 1949 and 1962. Scaduto continued to work with Dunn after Hatlo's death in 1963.
Al Scaduto in the Grand Comics Database:
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