New York Times Bestselling author Jeff Lemire has built a unique career as both the writer and artist of acclaimed literary graphic novels like Essex County, The Underwater Welder, Sweet Tooth and Trillium and also as one of the most popular writers of mainstream comics with acclaimed runs on such titles as Extraordinary X-Men, Green Arrow, Animal Man and Hawkeye for Marvel and DC Comics.
Current projects include the best selling science fiction series DESCENDER, with artist Dustin Nguyen, currently in development as a motion picture for Sony Pictures. His next original graphic novel, ROUGHNECK, to be published by Simon and Schuster in October 2016.
In 2008 and in 2013 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist. He has also received The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent and the American Library Association’s prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. He has also been nominated for 8 Eisner awards, 7 Harvey Awards and 8 Shuster Awards.
In 2010 Essex County became the first graphic novel to be included in the prestigious Canada Reads contest making it to the final five and winning the people’s choice vote as best Canadian novel of the decade. Essex County is currently in development at CBC as a live action television series with Lemire attached as executive producer.
He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.