Nom de Plum: Chip Zdarsky & Todd Diamond.
Born: 21 December 1975 in Edmonton and grew up in Barrie Ontario. Murray is a comic book artist and a journalist.
He studied art at Sheridan College.
He is co-creator of “Sex Criminals” which won a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award and has been optioned for a TV pilot by Universal Television.
He wrote and illustrated an advice column called “Extremely Bad Advice” for the National Post’s The Ampersand its pop culture section’s online edition. He also has illustrated for the Globe and Mail, New Yorker, CBC and Canadian Business.
He created Prison Funnies (online) & Monster Cops (print or online).
Recently he has been commissioned by Archie Comics to write the revived Jughead series which first appeared October 2015. He has also been commissioned to do the new Howard the Duck which first appeared March 2015. He was a fan of both these characters as a child.
He is co-founder with Kagan McLeod, Ben Shannon & Cameron Stewart of the studio “The Royal Academy of Illustration and Design, which produced Rumble Royale.
In 2016, Big Hard Sex Criminals, a compendium of the Sex Criminals periodicals was placed on the American Library Association’s “banned and challenged books” list.
Sex Criminals, 1, Sept. 2013: “Sex Criminals: Suzie Down in the Quiet.” Writ., Matt Fraction. Illus., Chip Zdarsky. Col., Becka Kinzie.
Civil War II: Choosing Sides, 5, Oct. 2016. “ Alpha Flight”. Illus., Ramón Pérez: 3-11. Marvel Worldwide Inc.
WRITER & ILLUSTRATOR :
Folio cover variants:
Kaptara, v. 1: Fear Not Tiny Alien. Image Comics, December 2015: 121, 123.
Kaptara, v. 1: Fear Not Tiny Alien. Illus., Kagan McLeod. Image Comics, Dec. 2015.
Ace, 2, May 2015: “Sex & Ducks & Chip Zdarsky.” Interviewer, John B. Cooke. 20-31.
Expositor [Brantford], 13 Mar. 2014: “Canadian artist behind breakthrough comic.” Writ., Julia Alexander. C5.
The Expositor [Brantford], 13 April 2017: “You can’t read that!” Writ., Tristan Hopper. C8.
Toronto Star, 19 Dec. 2015: “Comics artist living his childhood dreams.” Writ., Victoria Ahearn. E5.
“Chip Zdarsky.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chip_Zdarsky. Accessed 18 March 2014.