|James Tynion IV|
|Born||James T. Tynion IV|
December 14, 1987
New York, New York, U.S.
|Something Is Killing The Children|
The Department of Truth
The Nice House on the Lake
James T. Tynion IV (//; born December 14, 1987) is an American comic book writer. He is best known for his work on the Batman franchise at DC Comics, his DC Black Label series The Nice House on the Lake and his independent series The Department of Truth and Something Is Killing the Children.
In 2022, he won three Eisner Awards for his work. He is also a nine-time nominee for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book, the most nominations of any writer, winning once in 2016.
James Tynion IV was born December 14, 1987, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Marquette University High School. While studying creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Tynion met and began studying under Scott Snyder, in the nascent years of his comic book writing career. Following school, he became an intern for the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, working under Editor Shelly Bond, among others.
After a brief stint in advertising, Scott Snyder asked Tynion to co-write the back-up features for the New 52 relaunch of Batman, beginning with the acclaimed "Night of the Owls" storyline. These features would lead to the launch of a spin-off comic book Talon, co-plotted with Snyder and written by Tynion. In 2013, Tynion released his first original comic series, The Eighth Seal, for Mark Waid's digital comic publisher Thrillbent. Tynion would go on to be one of the head writers of Batman Eternal, a weekly Batman comic series launched in 2014 that was designed to explore the full scope and cast of Gotham City. That same year, he released the GLAAD Media Award-nominated comic title Memetic with artist Eryk Donovan and Award-winning The Woods with Michael Dialynas at Boom Studios. Adaptations of both series are currently in development. In 2016, Tynion’s partnership with Boom continued with the PRISM Award-winning comic title The Backstagers, as well as at DC via the first of three Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book crossovers with DC and IDW Publishing, the first ever meeting between the two franchises.
That same year, Tynion was announced as the writer of the biweekly Detective Comics for DC's Rebirth initiative. In 2018, Tynion launched an acclaimed revival of the comic Justice League Dark, which led into the Wonder Woman crossover storyline "The Witching Hour." The following year, he launched the Eisner-winning and Harvey-nominated comic book mini-series Something is Killing the Children, which was later upgraded to an ongoing title due to high demand. A Netflix series adaptation by Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy is currently in development. In 2020, Tynion was announced as the writer of the main Batman comic title, where he would go on to co-create characters like Punchline, Ghost-Maker, Clownhunter, and Miracle Molly. That July, he premiered the self-published horror magazine Razorblades. and on September 30 that year, he launched the Eisner and Harvey-nominated The Department of Truth at Image, The film and television rights to The Department of Truth was purchased by Sister, the production banner co-founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone, by February 2021.
In 2021, Tynion launched two Eisner Award-nominated comic titles–the first volume of the graphic novel series Wynd at Boom, along with the Eisner-winning The Nice House on the Lake at DC Black Label.
2021 also marked Tynion’s first Eisner Award for Best Writer. That same year, Tynion and Boom announced a spin-off comic to Something is Killing the Children titled House of Slaughter, co-written with Tate Brombal (and later with Sam Johns), which launched to record numbers. 2021 would also see Tynion leave his exclusive contract with DC and be offered a grant from Substack to launch a slate of original creator-owned comic titles directly on their platform, with the first being the ongoing comic Blue Book with artist Michael Avon Oeming.
In August 2021, Tynion was among a group of creators with whom fellow comics writer Nick Spencer formed a deal with the subscription-based newsletter platform Substack to publish creator-owned comics stories, essays, and instructional guides on that platform. Tynion indicated that he would end his tenure on the Batman books in order to concentrate his time on his Substack newsletter, which would include Blue Book, a nonfiction series illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming based on accounts of alien encounters and the supernatural, to premiere in February 2023. The series would be released in ten page chapters, twice a month, on Fridays. The first chaper would depict the 1961 Barney and Betty Hill incident, in which the Hills stated that they were abducted from the White Mountains in New Hampshire by aliens.
In February 2022, Tynion launched on Substack the ongoing comics The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos (written by Tate Brombal based on an idea by Tynion) and True Weird, along with the limited comic series The Closet, which would later be re-published by Image Comics. That April, he launched The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country, a spin-off to the Vertigo comic book The Sandman. That November, it was reported that Tynion had partnered with Dark Horse Comics to release print versions of Tiny Onion's Substack books, as well as original stories.
Tynion contributed to the comic anthology The Devil's Cut, which was published by the publishing startup DSTLRY in 2023. He also began a new horror series for Image, entitled W0rldtr33, with artist Fernando Blanco, with publication beginning in April 2023.
James Tynion IV is openly gay.
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