The creative collective Man of Action has been in the news of late with the success of Big Hero 6, the animated film based on the characters and team they created for Marvel. But did you know they’re also prolific writers and artists of creator-owned comics, many of them published by Image Comics?
l-r: Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, Steven T. Seagle, Joe Casey
Here’s a quick intro to the members of Man of Action and their creations:
Joe is best known for his trippy, psychedelic takes on traditional comic book genres, taking superheroes into places that aren’t merely gritty or exhilarating but unabashedly delving into the sordid or whizzing to heights of euphoria, all executed by some of the top artists in comics today.
SEX (with Piotr Kowalksi)
THE BOUNCE (with David Messina)
GØDLAND (with Tom Scioli)
BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER (with Mike Huddleston)
ROCK BOTTOM (with THE WALKING DEAD’s Charlie Adlard)
MILKMAN MURDERS (with Steve Parkhouse)
HAUNT VOLUME 4 (with Nathan Fox)
OFFICER DOWNE (with Chris Burnham)
CODEFLESH (with THE WALKING DEAD’s Charlie Adlard)
CHARLATAN BALL (with Andy Suriano)
DOC BIZARRE, M.D. (with Andy Suriano)
Joe’s stories have tremendous heart, whether he’s writing a raucous adult’s comic book about an ex-priest and werewolf on the bender of their lives or a thoughtful children’s graphic novel about grief and acceptance.
BAD DOG (with Diego Greco)
I KILL GIANTS (with Ken Niimura)
FOUR EYES (with Max Fiumara)
Duncan is the co-creator, along with Steven T. Seagle, of Big Hero 6. He is a prolific comic book artist, and his Image Comics titles include M. REX and THE GREAT UNKNOWN.
Steven, an Eisner Award-winning writer, doesn’t shy away from experimental formats and stories, even as he weaves themes of universal humanity into his narratives. The result is a range of work that few writers can equal.
Comics and Graphic Novels
IMPERIAL (with Mark Dos Santos)
KAFKA (with Stefano Gaudiano)
THE RED DIARY/THE RE[a]D DIARY (with Teddy Kristiansen)
BATULA (with Marco Cinello)
FRANKIE STEIN (with Marco Cinello)
About Man of Action Entertainment
Man of Action Entertainment, the creative studio and writers' collective started in 2000, created the megahit Ben 10, a three billion dollar boys' action empire that has been called the most successful superhero launch of the past decade. Man of Action Entertainment is comprised of creators and acclaimed comic book writers Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, having collectively worked on the largest franchise characters in comics from Superman to X-Men before refocusing on creating worlds and characters for their own original work published through their Man of Action imprint at Image Comics. They also created cult favorite series Generator Rex for Cartoon Network, and are co-executive producers and writers for Marvel's Avengers Assemble and executive produced/wrote Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD. Beyond the world of animation, Man of Action has created wildly successful video games, toy lines, comic books, stage productions, as well as forthcoming feature films and live action television shows, some of which are based on their own original comic book series and graphic novels. Big Hero 6, Disney's first animated feature based on a Marvel property, features the team and characters created by Man of Action. Upcoming projects based upon other Man of Action creations include The Great Unknown, KAFKA, Officer Downe, I Kill Giants and The Crusades.
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