|Born||New York City, New York, United States|
|Genre||Fantasy, horror, superhero|
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Scott Snyder is an American author. He is known for his 2006 short story collection Voodoo Heart, and his comic book writing, including American Vampire, Detective Comics, Batman, Wytches, Swamp Thing, and Justice League.
At the age of nine, Snyder attended a summer camp where one of the counselors read Stephen King's Eyes of the Dragon to him over the summer, an experience that Snyder says "really jump-started my love of story-telling." He was also influenced by the writing of Denis Johnson, Raymond Carver, Rick Bass, Joy Williams, Elizabeth McKracken, Stephen King, Tobias Wolff, and George Saunders. In comics, he has named Alan Moore and Frank Miller as his favorite writers.
Snyder graduated from Brown University in 1998 with a degree in creative writing, and then worked at Walt Disney World for about a year. He initially worked as a custodian, but after he injured his shoulder and started to have some problems with his co-workers, he auditioned and worked as some of the characters. Snyder's Disney World stint strongly influenced his writing; he later recalled, "it did a world of good for my writing ... All the things I ended up writing about, those things that are deeply frightening to me—fear of commitment and growing up, fear of losing loved ones, the wonder and terror of falling in love—all of it was constantly being played out all around me in this weird, cartoonish, magnified way at Disney."
His first collection of stories, Voodoo Heart, was published by the Dial Press in June 2006. The collection received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and was a Kirkus Reviews "Hot Debut" of the year. The New York Times published a positive review by author Andrew Sean Greer in the Sunday Book Review.
Stephen King picked two of the included stories—"Wreck" and "Dumpster Tuesday"—for the 2007 The Best American Short Stories anthology shortlist. Voodoo Heart was shortlisted for The Story Prize in 2006.
In 2008, Snyder wrote a short story called The Thirteenth Egg for the anthology Who Can Save Us Now? Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories.
Snyder taught writing at New York University, Columbia University, and Sarah Lawrence College.
In 2009, Snyder began writing for Marvel Comics. His first foray into the genre was a one-shot focusing on the first Human Torch, part of Marvel's 70th anniversary celebrations. He later wrote the four-issue miniseries, Iron Man: Noir, which debuted in April 2010.
Vertigo began publishing American Vampire, Snyder's first creator-owned ongoing series, in March 2010. The first five issues feature an original storyline by Stephen King. American Vampire won the 2011 Eisner Award for Best New Series, as well as the 2011 Harvey Award for Best New Series.
His run as writer of Detective Comics began with issue No. 871 (Jan. 2011) of that title, which marked the beginning of his exclusive contract with DC Comics. He and Kyle Higgins wrote the Batman: Gates of Gotham miniseries which debuted in May 2011.
Beginning in September 2011, Snyder became the writer of both Batman and a new Swamp Thing ongoing series as part of The New 52, DC Comics' company-wide relaunch of all of its titles. Snyder's Batman series was creating a number of critically and fan-acclaimed stories, and reinventing classic characters for DC’s then-new continuity. Snyder later became the co-writer of Talon, a spin-off of the "Court of Owls" storyline in Batman, which focused on a rogue Talon from the Court.
It was announced at the 2012 New York Comic Con that Snyder would be writing a new Superman ongoing series, titled Superman Unchained, with art by Jim Lee. The series began publication in June 2013.
Snyder left the Swamp Thing series as of issue #18 (May 2013) and began writing The Wake, a 10-issue, ocean-based horror miniseries drawn by Snyder's American Vampire: Survival Of The Fittest collaborator Sean Murphy. The series follows marine biologist Lee Archer, who along with the Department of Homeland Security, discovers a potential threat to humanity that may involve strange, humanoid creatures that inhabit the ocean depths. The story shifts between three time periods: the near future, two centuries in the future and the distant past. The covers of the first five issues form a mural when placed side by side.
The same month, DC published a Free Comic Book Day sneak preview of Superman Unchained, an ongoing series written by Snyder and illustrated by Jim Lee, which was later published on June 12, 2013, and intended to coincide with the feature film Man of Steel, which opened two days later. Snyder explained his approach to the series: "The way to approach a character as iconic as him is you just come at it from a standpoint of what you love the most about the character, and then write a story that explores that, tear it down and build it back up."
Snyder was one of the co-writers of the Batman Eternal series which launched in April 2014. The second run of Batman Eternal, retitled as Batman & Robin Eternal launched on October 7, 2015. During this time, Snyder and Detective Comics collaborate Jock launched the Image Comics series Wytches, the media rights to which were purchased by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment in October 2014. In 2016, Snyder and artist John Romita Jr. collaborated on the All-Star Batman series as part of the DC Rebirth relaunch.
Snyder and Greg Capullo launched the Dark Nights: Metal limited series in August 2017. Snyder and artist Andy Kubert created the New Challengers, part of The New Age of DC Heroes line. Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque crafted "The Fifth Season" chapter in Action Comics #1000 (June 2018).
He co-wrote Justice League: No Justice with Joshua Williamson and James Tynion IV, with art by Francis Manapul. Following that, Snyder re-launched the main Justice League series with art from Jim Cheung and Jorge Jimenez, while Williamson and Tynion wrote the companion series Justice League Odyssey and Justice League Dark, respectively.
In 2018, Snyder, along with co-writer Tony Patrick and artist Cully Hamner, launched the mini-series Batman and the Signal, featuring Duke Thomas as Gotham's daylight protector, The Signal. A spin-off limited series from Dark Nights: Metal, The Batman Who Laughs, was launched by him and Jock in 2019. In 2020, he and Greg Capullo released the DC Black Label miniseries Batman: Last Knight on Earth, described as "the grand finale" of their New 52 run. That same year, the two launched the follow-up to Dark Nights: Metal—Dark Nights: Death Metal.
Snyder's Image series Nocterra, drawn by Detective Comics artist Tony S. Daniel, was launched in March 2021 following a Kickstarter campaign for the first issue. A television adaptation is currently in development at Netflix. In July 2021, Snyder announced an eight-title digital first deal with comiXology Originals, all to be published through his creator-owned imprint Best Jackett Press. The first three, We Have Demons with Greg Capullo, Clear with Francis Manapul, and Night of the Ghoul with Francesco Francavilla, debuted in October 2021.
Snyder has a wife named Jeanie and two sons named Jack and Emmett. On March 3, 2019, Snyder announced that they were expecting another child in May. Their child, a son named Quinn, was born on May 4, 2019.
He is not related to filmmaker Zack Snyder.
'I worked at Disney World as a janitor at Magic Kingdom. I worked my way up to a character,' Snyder told the crowd. 'I was Eeyore, Buzz Lightyear and Pluto. I was completely brainwashed. I was so happy.'
Other auspicious debuts include Scott Snyder's Voodoo Heart (The Dial Press) with its imaginative and authentic stories.
In a creative writing class that Scott Snyder teaches at NYU, "The Monster Under Your Story," students discuss the intersections of literary fiction, genre fiction, and comics.
This is the philosophy of Scott Snyder, Columbia professor and author of the critically acclaimed short story collection Voodoo Heart.
The first five double-sized issues consisted of two stories, illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque. Scott Snyder wrote each issue's lead feature, and Stephen King wrote the back-up tales.
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Superstar writer Scott Snyder began his tenure on the Batman titles alongside popular artist Jock in this issue.
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This new comic ... introduces a new "anti-hero on the run" to the DCU. Calvin Rose, the only Talon to escape from the control of the Court of Owls, will be traveling all around the DCU as he is hunted by his former masters. While the story spins out of the Court of Owls storyline that is running through the first year of Snyder's Batman, the title character is a brand new one.
Batman & Robin Eternal is described as a sequel to the previous weekly Batman Eternal, and will run for six months beginning on October 7.
Batman & Robin Eternal is scheduled to debut on Wednesday, October 7 and will ship weekly for six months.
DC has just released All-Star Batman, a dark road-trip story in the American midwest. The superhero-horror comic, created by beloved DC heavyweights Scott Snyder and John Romita Jr., is the freshest and scariest Batman story since 1988's The Cult.
Dark Nights: Metal is a new six-part mini-series event that begins in August and takes things cosmic,
The final book in the line, New Challengers, debuts in December and will be written by Snyder with art by Andy Kubertt.
Of the all awesome series announced, we’re most excited about New Challengers by Snyder and legendary artist Andy Kubert.
Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque's “The Fifth Season” is a higher-thinking look at Superman and Lex Luthor’s relationship.
Justice League: No Justice, which was co-written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson with art by Francis Manapul.