Jay Faerber : biography
Jay Faerber (born 1972) is an American comic book and television writer. Faerber is known for his work on Generation X and New Warriors for Marvel Comics, and The Titans and Connor: Spotlight for DC Comics. He later wrote his own creator-owned titles for Image Comics, including Noble Causes, Dynamo 5 and Near Death. He was also a writer on the CW TV series Ringer.
Early life and influences
Faerber grew up in Pennsylvania, his early interest in superheroes sparked by TV series such as Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, the Adam West Batman series and the 1960s The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, which featured his first exposure to the Teen Titans. This led to Faerber's interest in comic books, beginning with Marv Wolfman and George Pérez's The New Teen Titans #25 in 1982, the first comic book with which he discovered that medium's more mature storylines and detailed artwork. Faerber's view of the series' ability, at the time, to stand on its own without requiring reading the related titles influenced Faerber's stated practice of keeping his own creator-owned books independent of one another, in order to avoid obligating readers of one of his titles to read the others in order to comprehend the storyline. The title also led to Faerber's interest in many other titles, such as Marvel Comics' Uncanny X-Men.Faerber, Jay. "Under the Influence", Dynamo 5 #13 (May 2008), Image Comics, Page 24
During the early part of his childhood, Faerber would buy his comics from a local pharmacy, which limited his reading to Marvel and DC Comics. For Christmas 1986, Faerber, a high school freshman, was taken by his mother to his first comic book shop, Gema Books, where he discovered books from companies other than the Big Two, such as Elementals, Miracleman and The New Wave, the latter of which impressed him with its experimental biweekly, 16-page format, its emphasis on character depth over physical combat, and the originality of the character's personalities.Faerber, Jay. "Under the Influence", Dynamo 5: Sins of the Father #3 (August 2010), Image Comics, Page 26
As a child, Faerber would write and draw his own comics, though he assumed that writing was merely a means to provide something for him to draw. This changed by his first or second year of high school, when he discovered the TV series Spenser: For Hire, and later, the novels on which it was based by Robert B. Parker, whom Faerber names as the biggest single influence on his career as a writer.Faerber, Jay. "Under the Influence". Near Death #1. Image Comics. September 2011. Page 22Faerber, Jay. "Under the Influence". Dynamo 5 #16 (September 2008). Image Comics. Page 23Faerber, Jay. "Under the Influence". Dynamo 5 #22 (June 2009). Image Comics; Page 23 Although he had already been a fan of other private eye shows such as Magnum, P.I.Faerber, Jay. "Under the Influence". Dynamo 5 #23 (August 2009). Image Comics. Page 21 and Riptide, the humor, intelligence and pace of the first Spenser novel he read, Ceremony, had such an effect on him that he tried writing a prose mystery story starring a private eye from one of his comics, which he let his English teacher read. The teacher, Maureen Purcell, the daughter of Golden Age comics artist Howard Purcell, praised Faerber's story. Faerber continued drawing, but concentrated more on prose writing. He was accepted as an art major at a local community college, but dropped out after one semester, when an instructor told him he needed to learn how to draw in order to draw comics. Realizing that his abilities lay in writing, he switched majors.
Faerber has also cited as influences the crime novels of Andrew Vachss, Robert Crais and Lee Child,Dietsch, TJ. . Comic Book Resources. March 31, 2011 as well as the television writing and detective novels of Stephen J. Cannell,Faerber, Jay. "Under the Influence". Dynamo 5 #17 (October 2008). Image Comics. Page 22 in particular his work on the TV series Wiseguy,Faerber, Jay. "Under the Influence". Dynamo 5: Sins of the Father #1 (June 2010). Image Comics; Page 26 and Chris Haddock's work on the Canadian TV series Da Vinci's Inquest.Faerber, Jay. "Under the Influence". Dynamo 5: Sins of the Father #5 (October 2010); Image Comics; Page 27
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