John Layman

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John Layman
BornJohn Steele Layman
(1969-08-02) August 2, 1969 (age 49)
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Writer, Letterer
Notable works
Chew
Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness
http://www.themightylayman.com

John Steele Layman (born August 2, 1969) is an American comic book writer and letterer. Layman is most known for writing Chew, published by Image Comics.

Layman considers Star Trek: Deep Space Nine his favourite Star Trek series.[1]

Career[edit]

Once an editor for Wildstorm, a branch of DC Comics, Layman turned to writing comics full-time in 2002, mainly for Marvel Comics.

He also worked on several comic books based on licensed properties, such as Xena: Warrior Princess and ThunderCats, as well as crossovers like Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness.[dead link][2]

From 2007[3]–2010[citation needed] he worked as a writer for Cryptic Studios, a video game developer in Los Gatos, California.

Layman has written a number of creator-owned titles at Image Comics, such as the graphic novel Puffed,[dead link][4] and Chew,[5][6] with artist Rob Guillory.[7][8] Chew has gone on to achieve much success, being nominated for two Harvey Awards, two Eagle Awards, and winning an Eisner Award for Best New Series in 2010.[9]


Bibliography[edit]

AfterShock Comics[edit]

Image Comics[edit]

  • Puffed
  • Stay Puffed
  • Chew #1-60 (June 2009 – 2016)
    • Volume 1: Tasters Choice #1-5 (with Rob Guillory, tpb, 128 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-60706-159-7)
    • Volume 2: International Flavor #6-10 (with Rob Guillory, tpb, 128 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-60706-260-7)
    • Volume 3: Just Desserts #11-15 (with Rob Guillory, tpb, 128 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-60706-335-2)
    • Volume 4: Flambé #16-20 (with Rob Guillory, tpb, 120 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-60706-398-0)
    • Volume 5: Major League Chew #21-25 (with Rob Guillory, tpb, 120 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-60706-523-1)
    • Volume 6: Space Cakes #26-30, Chew: Secret Agent Poyo one-shot (with Rob Guillory, tpb, 156 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-60706-621-1)
    • Volume 7: Bad Apples #31-35 (with Rob Guillory, tpb, 128 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-60706-767-6)
    • Volume 8: Family Recipes #36-40 (with Rob Guillory, tpb, 128 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-60706-938-5)
    • Volume 9: Chicken Tenders #41-45, Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo one-shot (with Rob Guillory, tpb, 128 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-63215-289-4)
    • Volume 10: Blood Puddin' #46-50 (with Rob Guillory, tpb, 128 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-63215-396-3)
    • Volume 11: The Last Suppers #51-55, Chew / Revival one-shot (with Rob Guillory, tpb, 128 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-63215-681-4)
    • Volume 12: Sour Grapes Chew #56-60, Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo one-shot (with Rob Guillory, tpb, 184 pages, 2017, ISBN 978-1-5343-0031-6)

Wildstorm[edit]

  • Gen13 vol. 2:
  • Wildstorm Thunderbook, anthology, "Down and Out with the Deviants" (with Jeffrey Moy, August 2000)
  • Bay City Jive (limited series) (May 2001-July 2001):
  • Thundercats: Dogs of War (limited series) (August 2003-December 2003):
    • Thundercats: Dogs of War (tpb, 128 pages, 2004, ISBN 1-4012-0287-X) collects:
      • "Bone of Contention" (with Brett Booth, in #1, 2003)
      • "Hounded" (with Brett Booth, in #2, 2003)
      • "Pack of Lies" (with Brett Booth, in #3, 2003)
      • "Hand That Feeds You" (with Brett Booth, in #4, 2003)
      • "Dog Gone" (with Brett Booth, in #5, 2003)
  • Thundercats: Enemy's Pride (limited series) (August 2004-December 2004)
    • Thundercats: Enemy's Pride (tpb, 128 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-4012-0617-4) collects:
      • "Lie of The Beholder" (with Joe Vriens, in #1, 2004)
      • "Best Served Cold" (with Joe Vriens, in #2, 2004)
      • "Eye of The Tiger" (with Joe Vriens, in #3, 2004)
      • "The King and I" (with Joe Vriens, in #4, 2004)
      • "Animas Acme" (with Joe Vriens, in #5, 2004)
  • Red Sonja/Claw (limited series) (March 2006-June 2006)
    • Red Sonja/Claw The Unconquered: Devil's Hands (tpb, 112 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1210-7) collects:
      • "The Accursed" (with Andy Smith, in #1, 2006)
      • "Soul Corruption" (with Andy Smith, in #2, 2006)
      • "Divide & Conquered" (with Andy Smith, in #3, 2006)
      • "Severed Alliance" (with Andy Smith, in #4, 2006)

Marvel Comics[edit]

Oni Press[edit]

Dynamite Entertainment[edit]

  • Xena Warrior Princess: Contest of Pantheons (limited series) (July 2006-August 2007)
    • Xena Warrior Princess Volume 1: Contest of Pantheons (tpb, 104 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-93330-535-5) collects:
      • "Holy Arcrimony" (with Fabiano Neves, in #1, 2006)
      • "Pantheon Pandemonium" (with Fabiano Neves, in #2, 2006)
      • "Stalk Like an Egyptian" (with Fabiano Neves, in #3, 2006)
      • "Undead Reckoning" (with Fabiano Neves, in #4, 2006)
  • Xena Warrior Princess: Dark Xena (limited series) (May 2007-August 2007)
    • Xena Warrior Princess Volume 2: Dark Xena (tpb, 144 pages, 2008, ISBN 978-1-933305-61-5) collects:
      • "The Way We Were" (with Noah Salonga, in #1, 2007)
      • "(Re)Born Bad" (with Noah Salonga, in #2, 2007)
      • "Partners in Crime" (with Noah Salonga, in #3, 2007)
      • "Unwritten History" (with Noah Salonga, in #4, 2007)
  • Army of Darkness/Xena: Warrior Princess (limited series) (March 2008-July 2008)
    • Volume 1: Why not? (tpb, 104 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-60690-008-0) collects:
      • "Battered & Bruced, Part One: The Grimmest Fairy Tale" (with Fabiano Neves, in #1, 2008)
      • "Battered & Bruced, Part Two: Autolykness Adventures" (with Fabiano Neves, in #2, 2008)
      • "Battered & Bruced, Part Three: From These Ashes" (with Fabiano Neves, in #3, 2008)
      • "Battered & Bruced, Part Four: The Best Laid Plans..." (with Fabiano Neves, in #4, 2008)

IDW Publishing[edit]

  • Scarface: Scarred For Life (limited series) (December 2006-April 2007)
    • Scarface: Scarred For Life (tpb, 128 pages, 2007, ISBN 978-1-60010-087-1) collects:
      • "City of Zeroes" (with Dave Crosland, in #1, 2006)
      • "The Scum Also Rises" (with Dave Crosland, in #2, 2007)
      • "Everybody Angles" (with Dave Crosland, in #3, 2007)
      • "Mutually Assured Destruction" (with Dave Crosland, in #4, 2007)
      • "Top O' The Heap, End O' The Line" (with Dave Crosland, in #5, 2007)
  • Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths (limited series) (June 2011-October 2011)
    • Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths (tpb, 120 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-61377-033-2) collects:
      • "Among The Monsters" (with Alberto Ponticelli, in #1, 2011)
      • "The Wronged Man" (with Alberto Ponticelli, in #2, 2011)
      • "Moth and Flame" (with Alberto Ponticelli, in #3, 2011)
      • "While Tokyo Burns" (with Alberto Ponticelli, in #4, 2011)
      • "Makoto Sato's Last Stand" (with Alberto Ponticelli, in #5, 2011)
  • Mars Attacks (June 2012-May 2013)

DC Comics[edit]

  • Detective Comics vol. 2 #13-29 (October 2012–March 2014)
    • Volume 3: Emperor Penguin (tpb, 192 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-4634-6) collects:
      • "IQ Test" (with Andy Clarke, in #13, 2012)
      • "Seeds & Dirt" (with Andy Clarke, in #14, 2012)
      • "Love in Bloom" (with Andy Clarke, in #15, 2012)
      • "Pecking Order" (with Andy Clarke, in #16, 2013)
      • "Doctor's Orders" (with Andy Clarke, in #17, 2013)
      • "A Cut Above" (with Henrik Jonsson, in #18, 2013)
    • Volume 4: The Wrath (tpb, 264 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-4997-3) collects:
      • "Birth of a Family" (with Andy Clarke, in #19, 2013)
      • "Birdwatching" (with Henrik Jonsson, in #19, 2013)
      • "Through A Blue Lens" (with Jason Masters, in #19, 2013)
      • "Empire of the Son" (with Andy Clarke, in #20, 2013)
      • "Territorial" (with Andy Clarke, in #21, 2013)
      • "My Better Half" (with Andy Clarke, in #22, 2013)
      • "Marital Abyss" (with Andy Clarke, in #23, 2013)
      • "State of Shock" (with Jason Fabok, in #24, 2013)
      • "Face in the Crowd" (with Joshua Williamson and Scott Eaton, in Annual #2, 2013)
      • "Contained Multitudes" (with Joshua Williamson and Szymon Kudranski, in Annual #2, 2013)
      • "Harvey Bullock, This is Your Life" (with Joshua Williamson and Derlis Santacruz, in Annual #2, 2013)
    • Volume 5: Gothtopia (hc, 176 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-4998-1) collects:
      • "Whistleblower's Blues" (with Jason Fabok, in #25, 2013)
      • "Troubled Waters" (with Jorge Lucas, in #25, 2013)
      • "Crown of Fear" (with Aaron Lopresti, in #26, 2013)
      • "Gothtopia, Part One: The Perfect Crime" (with Jason Fabok, in #27, 2014)
      • "Welcome to... Gothtopia, Part Two: The Maddening Crowd" (with Aaron Lopresti, in #28, 2014)
      • "The Truth And Nothing But" (with Aaron Lopresti, in #29, 2014)
  • Batman: The Dark Knight vol. 2 #23.3: Clayface, "Not Just Another Pretty Face" (with Cliff Richards, September 2013)
  • Catwoman vol. 4 #25, "Before the Claws Come Out" (with Aaron Lopresti, November 2013) collected in Race of Thieves (tpb, 232 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-5063-7)
  • Batman Eternal (April 2014-August 2014):
    • Volume 1 (tpb, 480 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-5173-0) collects:
      • "Batman Eternal" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Jason Fabok, in #1-3, 2014)
      • "Injustice For All" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Dustin Nguyen, in #4, 2014)
      • "Disinfect" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Andy Clarke, in #5, 2014)
      • "The Denied" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Trevor McCarthy, in #6, 2014)
      • "The Sinking Of An Empire!" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Emanuel Simeoni, in #7, 2014)
      • "Guided by Darkness" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Guillem March, in #8, 2014)
      • "The Unburied Past" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Guillem March, in #9, 2014)
      • "When Animals Attack" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Riccardo Burchielli, in #10, 2014)
      • "Day of the Dads" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Ian Bertram, in #11, 2014)
      • "The Good Man" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Mikel Janín, in #12, 2014)
      • "Infernal Relations" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Mikel Janín, in #13, 2014)
      • "Natural Order" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Jason Fabok, in #14, 2014)
      • "The Common Limit" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Dustin Nguyen, in #15, 2014)
      • "The Monster Machine" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Dustin Nguyen, in #16, 2014)
      • "The Savior" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Dustin Nguyen, in #17, 2014)
      • "A Night on Earth" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Andy Clarke, in #18, 2014)
      • "Breaking Bat" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Emanuel Simeoni, in #19, 2014)
      • "Wild Animals" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Emanuel Simeoni, in #20, 2014)
      • "Ten Forty-Eight" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Jason Fabok, in #21, 2014)

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

Aliens: Inhuman Condition (graphic novel, with Sam Kieth, hc, 56 pages, April 2013, ISBN 1-59582-618-1)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "John Layman talks merging sci-fi and horror in his wild new Image Comics series Outer Darkness | SYFY WIRE". Syfy. October 22, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "John Layman Talks Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness on the CNI Podcast". Comics Bulletin. Archived May 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Cryptic Studios announces the hire of John Layman". Cryptic Studios.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Puffed Piece". Comics Bulletin. Archived May 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Phegley, Kiel (April 23, 2009). "John Layman Bites Back in 'Chew'". Comic Book Resources.
  6. ^ Layman, John (June 3, 2009). "FULL SCRIPT: Chew #1 by John Layman". Comic Book Resources.
  7. ^ "Rob Guillory: The Art Of 'Chew'". Comic Book Resources. April 30, 2009
  8. ^ Guillory, Rob (June 2, 2009). "Rob Guillory's 'Chew' Process". Comic Book Resources.
  9. ^ "Chew Wins Best New Series Eisner Award". Things From Another World. July 24, 2010. Retrieved April 25, 2013.

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Preceded by
Tony S. Daniel
Detective Comics writer
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato