Born: August 18, 1967
Ohio connection: Birth
Brian Michael Bendis, born August 18, 1967 in Cleveland, Ohio, is a prolific comic book artist and writer. Raised in a Jewish-American family, Bendis would go on to study journalism, though he always aspired to make comic books. He attended classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art for five years. While trying to break into the world of comics he did illustrations for local Cleveland newspapers and magazines. In the mid-1990s Bendis found work publishing independent comics, which included Spunky Todd, Fire, A.K.A. Goldfish, and Jinx. In the 2000s, Bendis began working for Marvel, bringing his talents to titles like Daredevil, Alias, Avengers, and House of M. Bendis is also the writer of the critically acclaimed series Powers, about two detectives who hunt superheroes turned bad.
In addition to his work in comics, Bendis has also written for television. He worked on the 2003 and 2012 Spiderman cartoons, as well as other Marvel cartoons. He has also written for the Marvel Heroes video game. Bendis currently lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon.
Eisner Award for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition, 1999, for Jinx, Goldfish, and Torso, Best New Series, 2001, for Powers, and Best Writer, 2002 and 2003, for Alias, Daredevil, and Ultimate Spider-Man; Best Writer of the Year, Wizard magazine, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003; Excellence in Journalism Award, Cleveland Press; Inkpot Award, 2010.