Dorkin at the New York Comic Con,
February 25, 2007
|Born||April 20, 1965|
Brooklyn, New York
|Milk and Cheese|
Superman and Batman: World's Funnest
Space Ghost Coast to Coast
Welcome to Eltingville
Beasts of Burden
|Awards||2001 Harvey Award|
Six Eisner Awards
Evan Dorkin (born April 20, 1965) is an American comics artist and cartoonist. His best known works are the comic books Milk and Cheese and Dork. His comics often poke fun at fandom, even while making it clear that Dorkin is a fan himself.
Life and career
Dorkin was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved with his family to Staten Island when he was 13 years old. He grew up reading superhero comics (being loyal to Marvel over DC), Mad magazine, and humor titles by Archie Comics and Harvey Comics. He became even more obsessed with comics when comic book retailer Jim Hanley opened a store location near his high school; Dorkin later ended up working there.
Dorkin aspired to attend the School of Visual Arts in the animation department, but was not accepted. (He had taken some animation classes at SVA while he was in high school.) Dorkin ended up attending New York University Tisch School of the Arts, but eventually switched his passion from animation to comics.
Dorkin's earliest published solo comics were Pirate Corp$ (later renamed Hectic Planet), published first by Eternity Comics and then Slave Labor Graphics from 1987 to 1989; and then a variety of Milk & Cheese titles, published by Slave Labor Graphics from 1991 to 1997.
As well as his comics work, Dorkin and his wife, Sarah Dyer, have written for Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Dorkin drew the cover art for several ska compilation albums in the 1990s. He wrote and produced an animated television pilot for Adult Swim titled Welcome to Eltingville, based on his own characters. He and Dyer wrote some episodes of the Superman: The Animated Series including the episode "Live Wire", which introduced a new character of the same name. Dorkin wrote the Superman and Batman: World's Funnest one-shot in 2000 which was drawn by various artists. Dorkin and Dyer worked as freelance writers on the 2006 English-language version of the anime Crayon Shin-chan, where they wrote material for the show's first six episodes. Dorkin co-created Beasts of Burden with Jill Thompson. Dyer has frequently colored Dorkin's art.
- 2015 Eisner Awards: Won Best Single Issue (or One-Shot) (for Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers, with Jill Thompson)
- 2010 Eisner Awards: Won Best Publication for Teens (for Beasts of Burden, with Jill Thompson)
- 2005 Eisner Awards: Won Best Short Story (for "Unfamiliar", with Jill Thompson)
- 2002 Eisner Award for Best Short Story (for "The Eltingville Club in 'The Intervention'" in Dork #9, Slave Labor Graphics)
- 2002 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist: Humor (for Dork)
- 2001 Harvey Award for Best Single Issue or Story (for Superman and Batman: World's Funnest, shared with various artists, DC Comics)
- 1998 Eisner Award for Best Short Story (for "The Eltingville Club in 'The Marathon Men'" in Dork #4, Slave Labor Graphics)
- 1996 Eisner Award for Best Short Story (for "The Eltingville Club in 'Bring Me the Head of Boba Fett'" in Instant Piano #3, Dark Horse Comics)
- 2011 Anthony Awards: Nominated for Best Graphic Novel
- 2002 Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication (for Dork #9)
- 2001 Harvey Award: Special Award for Humor (for Dork, Superman and Batman: World's Funnest, etc.)
- 2000 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Debut Comic (for Dork #8)
- 1999 Annie Award for Best Writing (for Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Episode- "Lawsuit")
- Rom: Spaceknight — (first published art in the letters page of #37) Marvel Comics, 1982
- Jim Higgins Fantastic Fanzine — Jim Higgins, 1984
- Phigments — Brian Marshall Comics Group, 1987
- Pirate Corp$ / Hectic Planet - Eternity Comics / Slave Labor Graphics, 1987–1989
- The Real Ghostbusters - NOW Comics, 1988
- Wild Knights - Eternity Comics, 1989
- Milk and Cheese - Slave Labor Graphics, 1991–1997
- Predator: Big Game - Dark Horse Comics, 1991
- Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (comic book adaptation) - Marvel Comics, 1991
- Bill & Ted's Excellent Comic Book - Marvel Comics, 1992–1993
- Predator: Bad Blood - Dark Horse Comics 1993
- Fight-Man One Shot - Marvel Comics, 1993
- Dork! - Slave Labor Graphics, 1993–present
- Instant Piano - Dark Horse Comics, 1994
- Generation ECCH! The Backlash Starts Here - Jason Cohen & Michael Krugman, Fireside Books, 1994
- Justice League America Annual #8 - DC Comics, 1994
- The Mask: The Hunt for Green October - Dark Horse Comics, 1995
- Superman Adventures #21 - DC Comics, 1998
- Superman Adventures #39 - DC Comics, 2000
- Superman and Batman: World's Funnest - DC Comics, 2000
- Bizarro Comics - DC Comics, 2001
- Captain America vol. 3 #50 - Marvel Comics, 2002
- Superman Adventures #65–66 - DC Comics, 2002
- Captain America: Red, White & Blue HC (two pages) - Marvel Comics, 2002
- The Thing: Night Falls on Yancy Street, four-issue miniseries with artist Dean Haspiel - Marvel Comics, 2003
- Bizarro World - DC Comics, 2005
- Dose - Bankshot Comics, 2007
- The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings (story "Stray") by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson.
- The Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft (story "The Unfamiliar") by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson.
- The Dark Horse Book of The Dead (story "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie") by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson.
- The Dark Horse Book of Monsters (story "A Dog and His Boy") by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Jill Thompson.
- Beasts of Burden (four-issue mini-series) by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson.
- Hellboy/Beasts of Burden: Sacrifice (one-shot) by Evan Dorkin, Mike Mignola, and Jill Thompson.
- Dark Horse Presents vol. 2 #4 (story "Food Run") by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson.
- Dark Horse Presents vol. 2 #6 (story "Story Time") by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson.
- Dark Horse Presents vol. 2 #8 (story "The View From The Hill") by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson.
- Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch (three stories from Dark Horse Presents) by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson.
- The Eltingville Club - Dark Horse Comics, 2014
- Space Ghost Coast to Coast (TV series), 1994–1999
- "Gum, Disease"
- "Girlie Show"
- "Art Show"
- "Woody Allen's Fall Project" ("Girlie Show")
- Superman: The Animated Series (1997–98)
- "Monkey Fun"
- "Little Girl Lost" (parts 1 & 2)
- Welcome to Eltingville (TV pilot), 2002
- Yo Gabba Gabba! (various episodes), 2007-2013
- Ben 10
- "Evan Dorkin". Lambiek Comiclopedia. December 29, 2015. Archived from the original on June 4, 2016.
- Narcisse, Evan. "Milk & Cheese Creator Evan Dorkin Talks About His Weird, Brilliant Career in Comics," Gizmodo (July 3, 2018).
- "Toyzilla Interviews Evan Dorkin & Sarah Dyer". Toyzilla. 2000. Archived from the original on June 30, 2016.
I got to know a few bands and band members...and eventually was asked to do the art for an anthology album by the guys from Bim Skala Bim. Eventually I did a few more, and when I met Sarah we both worked on them. We've done over a dozen
- Yarbrough, Beau (March 18, 1999). "Evan Dorkin Debuts World's Funnest". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015.
It's the team-up the DC Universe has long dreaded. Bat-Mite and Mr Mxyzptlk. And written by Evan Dorkin, the man behind the manic Milk and Cheese, it's unlikely the two fifth dimensional imps will spend their time together peacefully.
- Devlin, Desmond (August 14, 2013). "Idiot Spotlight: Desmond Devlin and Evan Dorkin's 'Chilling Thoughts 2013'". The Idiotical. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013.
- Arrant, Chris (July 11, 2015). "2015 Eisner Awards Winners (Full List)". Newsarama. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
- Spurgeon, Tom (July 24, 2010). "Your 2010 Eisner Award Winners". Comics Reporter. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
- "2005 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on September 22, 2013.
- "2002 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on March 14, 2016.
- "2001 Harvey Awards". Harvey Awards. n.d. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016.
- "1998 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- "1996 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- "Beasts of Burden nominated for 2011 Anthony Award". Dark Horse Comics. May 19, 2011. Archived from the original on September 23, 2012.
- Lane, Russ (June 21, 2008). "Heroes Con: The Creative Household Panel". Newsarama. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016.
- Evan Dorkin at the Grand Comics Database
- Goellner, Caleb (March 23, 2010). "Evan Dorkin On Mask-Tards, Beasts of Burden and Yo Gabba Gabba". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on September 15, 2015.
As far as our involvement goes, we were initially asked to design the costume and comic book artwork for a live-action Super Martian Robot Girl segment. Nickelodeon didn’t like the live-action footage and the decision was made to rework the shorts as Flash cartoons, using the recorded dialogue tracks. Sarah and I were brought back in to design and art-direct the cartoons. When season two started up, Christian Jacobs asked us if we wanted to write for the show, we ended up co-writing two episodes and two Story Time cartoons, one of which we art-directed. For season three, we co-wrote two more episodes and we got to write and design another SMRG cartoon.
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- Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer's House of Fun
- Big Mouth Types Again - Dorkin's LiveJournal
- Evan Dorkin at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)
- Evan Dorkin at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
- Complete list of Dorkin's work for MAD magazine
- Interview on the Super Live Adventure Podcast Part 1 and Part 2