What Comics Have to Say about Our World
Award-winning comics creator Brian Michael Bendis is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics, and has contributed to beloved characters that have shaped modern culture. Brian shares deep insights in this riveting talk, drawing connections between superhero stories and what they have to say about our world.
Celebrated comics creator Brian Michael Bendis is known for bringing to life characters that have changed the world. From Spider-Man and the X-Men, to Superman, the Avengers, and Naomi, Brian has played a central role in the writing and producing of some of the greatest blockbusters about fearless heroes who take on any challenge. In this compelling talk, Brian reflects on his own creative process and shares motivating takeaways that resonate with audiences of all kinds.
Brian Michael Bendis is a Peabody award winning comics creator, Amazon and New York Times bestseller and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics.
The announcement of Brian’s multi faceted move to DC ENTERTAINMENT after a near twenty year run at Marvel made international headlines and trended worldwide. Brian made his DC debut in the landmark Action Comics 1000 and currently writes SUPERMAN, ACTION COMICS, BATMAN:UNIVERSE, LEGION OF SUPERHEROES and curates WONDER COMICS featuring the return of YOUNG JUSTICE, DIAL H FOR HERO, WONDER TWINS, and the breakout original new character... NAOMI. The JINXWORLD line of creator owned comics, also published by DC include the Yakuza epic PEARL, with Jessica Jones co-creator Michael Gaydos, the comic book industry spy thriller COVER, with award-winning multimedia sensation David Mack, SCARLET, with co-creator Alex Maleev, and the alternate history mob story UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC with POWERS co-creator Mike Avon Oeming.
Brian was Executive Producer and consultant of the Academy award winning hit Sony feature Spider-man: into the Spiderverse (and its coming sequel in 2022). Miles Morales was co-created by Brian and Sara Pichelli. Brian won a Peabody Award for his work as the co-creator of JESSICA JONES on Netflix from Marvel TV. Brian’s release from Random House entitled WORDS FOR PICTURES is an intricate look at the creation of comic books and graphic novels based on the college level Graphic Novel class he teaches at Portland State University. It shot to number one on its Amazon chart.
Over the years at Marvel entertainment, Brian completed historic runs on SPIDER-MAN (18 years), AVENGERS (9 years), IRON MAN, and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, a 100 issue run on the X-MEN franchise, along with the wildly successful ‘event’ projects AVENGERS VERSUS X-MEN, HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SECRET INVASION, AGE OF ULTRON, CIVIL WAR 2 and SIEGE.
Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel’s Ultimate line of comics. Previously, Brian was part of the Marvel creative committee which consulted for all of the Marvel movies from the first IRON MAN all the way through to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2. Brian is the creator of the JINX line of crime comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels GOLDFISH, FIRE, JINX, TORSO (w/ Marc Andreyko) and TOTAL SELL OUT. 2.
Brian received an HONORARY DOCTORATE IN THE ARTS from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE from the Central Intelligence Agency for his work on diversity issues. Brian has won five EISNER awards, including ‘Best Writer of the year’ two years in a row and was honored with the prestigious INKPOT award for comic art excellence. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press ‘Excellence in Journalism’ Award.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia, Tabatha, Sabrina, his dashing son London and his dogs Lucky, Max, Stella and Bowie. Brian’s TED talk, MIT lecture and appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers are available for viewing at Jinxworld.com.