Timothy Truman (born February 9, 1956 in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia) is an American writer, artist and musician best known for his stories and Western Movie-style comic book art.
After graduating from Gauley Bridge High School in 1974, Timothy Truman attended the Columbus College of Art and Design while also attending West Virginia University. From 1979 to 1981 he attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in New Jersey and graduated on the Dean's List.
After graduation, he moved to New York City and worked in the fantasy role-playing game industry for a few years providing illustrations for various companies including working for TSR, Inc. as a staff illustrator.
He currently lives in Lancaster, PA and is an instructor at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. He is currently writing a Conan the Barbarian series for DARK HORSE Comics. See Conan (DARK HORSE comic).
Comic Book Background
Truman's first major series was the title GrimJack for independent comics company First Comics with writer John Ostrander. GrimJack first appeared in Starslayer #10 in November 1983 before moving to his own series after issue #18 in 1984 that lasted for 81 issues. Along with being a fan favorite and often imitated character, GrimJack almost single-handedly defined the "grim and gritty" action comic character archetype.
Rock and Roll
A longtime fan and musician, Truman has also been able to integrate his love of music into his love of comics and illustration. While working for Eclipse comics, Truman included a Flexi disc recording inside Scout #19 that provided a soundtrack to one of the scenes in the comic. He also released an album through Eclipse Records with his band The Dixie Pistols entitled Marauder. The album included a short comic book featuring the wedding of Emanuel Santanna that took place between the first series Scout and the second series Scout: War Shaman.
While writing the biography of one of his favorite guitarists Carlos Santana for Rock-It Comics, Truman found out that the Carlos was a longtime fan of his comic, Scout whose main character, Emanuel Santanna, is the namesake of the famous guitarist. Naming the characters after favorite musicians is a common convention that Truman has used throughout the Scout series.
Truman has also had a long relationship with the band the Grateful Dead creating artwork for CD covers, tour posters, limited-edition T-Shirts and a color comics page in each issue of the Grateful Dead Almanac.
Truman built a recording studio in his home and while producing recording sessions for Cherokee singer/songwriter Terry Strongheart, they decided to form a new band with some of Truman's friends and Strongheart's daughter called the Terry Strongheart Band. Two CD's have been recorded, the first entitled Tears and the follow-up Indian School.
Awards and nominations
Hawkworld - DC Comics - Spanish Haxtur Award ("Premios Haxtur") for "Best Long Story" 1991
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