Alex Robinson : biography
Alex Robinson (born August 8, 1969) is an award-winning American comic book writer and artist.
Alex Robinson grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York, and graduated from Yorktown High School in 1987. After a year spent at SUNY Brockport, he went to the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he studied under Will Eisner, Sal Amendola, Gahan Wilson, and Carmine Infantino. He graduated with a BFA in cartooning in 1993.
Robinson’s first major work was Box Office Poison, originally serialized by Antarctic Press and then collected into graphic novel form in 2001 by Top Shelf Productions. Box Office Poison concerns the life and trials of a group of young people in New York City (the central protagonist works in a bookstore, a job Robinson himself held for seven years.)
Robinson’s second graphic novel, Tricked, also published by Top Shelf, was released in August 2005, and both Box Office Poison and Tricked have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish and German.
In October 2007 Alex Robinson’s Lower Regions was released, a 56-page comic about "a sexy barbarian fighting monsters." Two sequels are planned for the coming years.
His next graphic novel, Too Cool to Be Forgotten, a time travel/high school story, was published by Top Shelf in July 2008.
His most recent book is called A Kidnapped Santa Claus. It is adapted from a Frank L. Baum story and was released by Harper-Collins in November 2009.
Along with Mike Dawson, Tony Consiglio, and a few other cartoonists, Robinson is part of a loosely associated comics collective called The Ink Panthers. They also have a podcast called "The Ink Panthers Show" available on iTunes.
Box Office Poison was nominated for 2001 Harvey, Eisners, Firecracker, and Ignatz Awards. Although the book itself didn’t win, Robinson won the Eisner Award for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition. In addition, the French translation of the book (titled De Mal en Pis) won the Prix Du Premier Album at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2005.
Tricked was nominated for an Eisner Award, and won both the 2006 Harvey Award for Best Original Graphic Novel and the 2006 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel. Robinson was also nominated in the Best Writer category for the Harvey Award.
Too Cool to be Forgotten won the 2009 Harvey Award for Best Original Graphic Album.