Many of us who love comics as adults grew up addicted to X-Men comics written by writer Chris Claremont. The mutant pocket of the Marvel universe, and all the movies and cartoons based on it, are still largely defined by what Claremont did in his incredible 17-year run (1975-91).
Claremont was the mind behind classics in the X-Men tapestry like Days of Future Past, the Dark Phoenix saga, God Loves, Man Kills, and the original Wolverine series with Frank Miller, just to scratch the surface. With his writing, he almost single-handedly set a new standard for complexity and characterization in superhero comics. Working with artists John Byrne, Paul Smith, Marc Silvestri, Jim Lee, and other legends, he co-created beloved characters such as Kitty Pryde, Emma Frost, Mister Sinister, Gambit, Alpha Flight, Mystique, the New Mutants, Jubilee, Psylocke, Sabretooth, Cable, Magik, Rogue, and hundreds more, along with establishing backstories and voices for existing characters with which we still all associate today (Wolverine, Storm…and most others he wrote).
He also worked beyond the confines of his X-universe over the years, as writer of Marvel Team-Up, Fantastic Four, Ms. Marvel, a classic run on Iron Fist, and creator-owned series such as Sovereign Seven at DC Comics. His most recent comics work (between writing prose novels) was the Nightcrawler series at Marvel.
We’re honored to welcome Chris Claremont as a special guest at this year’s festival!