John Jackson Miller
Miller at MidSouthCon (27 March 2022)
Born (1968-01-12) January 12, 1968 (age 56)
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Writer
www.farawaypress.com

John Jackson Miller (born January 12, 1968)[1] is an American science-fiction author, comic book writer, and commentator, known for his work on the Star Wars franchise and his research into comic book circulation history, as presented in the Standard Catalog of Comic Books series and the Comichron website.

Early life

Miller attended high school with Nerdist founder and entertainer Chris Hardwick.[2]

Career

A collector of comics and publisher of mini-comics since childhood, Miller began as editor of the trade magazine Comics Retailer in 1993. Following the introduction of Magic: The Gathering, he added games to its coverage, changing the title to Comics & Games Retailer in 2001. In 1998, Miller was appointed managing editor of Comics Buyer's Guide.[3]

His first professional comics work appeared in 2003 in Crimson Dynamo for Marvel Comics, which led to a run on Iron Man (#73/418 – 85/430). He writes a regular column called Longbox Manifesto for regular comics magazine Comics Buyer's Guide. In 2007, he launched Comichron,[4] a website devoted to comic-book circulation history and research. Miller was hired as a writer for the video game Sword of the New World.[5] In early 2008, he launched a fantasy webcomic with artist Chuck Fiala called Sword & Sarcasm.[6]

In 2008, he wrote the Dark Horse comic-book adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.[7] In 2009, he was announced as the scripter for Mass Effect: Redemption, the first comic-book series based on the video game Mass Effect, launching in January 2010.[8]

In 2013 he wrote his first novel in a non-licensed universe, Overdraft: The Orion Offensive, for 47North. The work was originally released over several weeks as a Kindle Serial.[9]

On April 11, 2024, it was announced exclusively by the web site Gizmodo that a new novel, Batman: Resurrection, set in the Tim Burton Batman universe would be written by Miller. The book is set in between the events of the 1989 film and its sequel, Batman Returns (1992). The book is set to be released October 15, 2024.[10]

Star Wars work

In 2005, Miller wrote a one-shot issue of Star Wars: Empire for Dark Horse Comics, featuring Darth Vader as the main character. Next year, as part of Dark Horse relaunching their Star Wars comic line, Miller started writing the ongoing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic comic series, a spin-off prequel of the video game of the same name. The series proved a major success among fans and lasted for 50 issues, before coming to a conclusion in 2010. In August 2008, Wizards of the Coast released a Knights of the Old Republic guidebook for its Star Wars Roleplaying Game, which Miller co-wrote.[11]

In 2010 Miller began writing the Star Wars: Knight Errant comic series. Following Dark Horse changing the format of their series, it is not ongoing, but instead published as independent story arcs, separated from each other by several months. A Knight Errant novel was released in early 2011 by Del Rey, taking place between the first and second arcs of the comic series – this was Miller's first professional novel.[12]

In October 2012, Del Rey announced that Miller would write Star Wars: Kenobi, a novel about Obi-Wan Kenobi's life on Tatooine.[13] The book was released on August 27, 2013 in hardcover, and debuted at #12 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list.[14] Miller subsequently wrote Star Wars: A New Dawn, which was published in 2014, a prequel to the animated television series Star Wars Rebels,[15] which premiered on Disney XD in fall the same year. It was the first novel of the new canon that replaced what is now known as Star Wars Legends. Miller also wrote the short story "The Ride", part of the short story collection Canto Bight that was released in December 2017 as part of a marketing program for the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi.[16] In September 2023, Del Rey revealed that Miller would write Star Wars: The Living Force, a novel focusing on the Jedi Council in the year before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The book was released on April 9, 2024.[17]

Partial bibliography

Star Wars

Novels

Comics

Star Trek

Batman

References

  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011.
  2. ^ "Origin Story". Faraway Press. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "News Watch: Krause Publications Names Editors," The Comics Journal #203 (April 1998), p. 30.
  4. ^ Comichron
  5. ^ "Interview With Star Wars: Kotor Writer John Jackson Miller". Dark Horse. May 21, 2007. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "Sword & Sarcasm: The Chronicles of Herbert and Benedict". Archived from the original on October 2, 2015. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  7. ^ Dark Horse Comics – Profile – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull #1
  8. ^ JJM to script Mass Effect comics
  9. ^ "JJM launches Overdraft: The Orion Offensive as Amazon Serial", Faraway Press
  10. ^ Whitbrook, James (April 11, 2024). "Batman 1989 Continues, in a Brand New Novel". Gizmodo. Retrieved April 14, 2024.
  11. ^ ENWorld – Morrus' 4th Edition D&D / d20 News and Reviews Site – D&D – WotC 2008 Summer Catalog
  12. ^ JJM Pens Star Wars: Knight Errant novel and comic series
  13. ^ "Star Wars: Kenobi – Faraway Press – the Online Home of John Jackson Miller".
  14. ^ "Hardcover Fiction". New York Times. September 15, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  15. ^ "Disney and Random House announce relaunch of Star Wars Adult Fiction line". StarWars.com. April 25, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  16. ^ "Check Out the Cover and New Details of Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Canto Bight". starwars.com. September 13, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  17. ^ "The Jedi Face a Crisis in New Star Wars Novel The Living Force". Gizmodo. September 7, 2023. Retrieved September 8, 2023.
  18. ^ Miller, John (January 27, 2014). "More on Star Trek Titan: Absent Enemies -- and a new Trek novel for 2015!". Faraway Press. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  19. ^ "New blurbs for John Jackson Miller's Prey trilogy, and Christopher L. Bennett books".
  20. ^ "New blurbs for John Jackson Miller's Prey trilogy, and Christopher L. Bennett books".
  21. ^ "New blurbs for John Jackson Miller's Prey trilogy, and Christopher L. Bennett books".
  22. ^ "New Discovery novel explores Pike's Enterprise, plus new TOS covers".
Preceded byRobin Laws Iron Man writer 2003–2004 Succeeded byMark Ricketts