Brian Clevinger (born May 7, 1978) is an American writer best known as the author of the webcomic 8-Bit Theater and the Eisner-nominated print comic Atomic Robo. He is also the author of the self-published novel Nuklear Age.
Clevinger at the 2011 New York Comic Con
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Clevinger's webcomic, 8-Bit Theater, which is hosted on his site Nuklear Power, is very loosely based on the video game Final Fantasy I and tells the story of four would-be fantasy heroes, known as the Light Warriors, who set out to save the world from the embodiment of Chaos, but are conflicted over their own stupidity and malice. The comic was created using 8-bit graphic sprites taken primarily from the Final Fantasy NES games, or created by either Clevinger himself or Kevin Sigmund. Spanning 1225 episodes, it ran from March 2, 2001 to June 1, 2010.
In addition to 8-Bit Theater, Clevinger is the creator of two mini-comics: Dynasty Memory, created in 2002 as a parody of the Dynasty Warriors series, and Field of Battle, created in August 2005 as a general parody of FPS games, drawing most of its influence from Battlefield 2.
In 2009, Clevinger started two other webcomics on Nuklear Power. Warbot in Accounting, co-written with artist Zack Finfrock, is about a war machine's struggles with human daily life in a white collar job. How I Killed Your Master, "a kung fu movie, but a comic", is co-written with John Wood and drawn by Matt Speroni.
Atomic Robo, drawn by Scott Wegener, began as a six-issue limited series published by Red 5 Comics starting in October 2007. It was nominated in the "Best Limited Series" category of the 2008 Eisner Awards, won by The Umbrella Academy. Colorist Ronda Pattison was also nominated in the "Best Coloring" category subsequently won by Dave Stewart.
It was announced at the 2010 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo that Clevinger would be revamping the saga of The Infinity Gauntlet for Marvel Comics' all-ages series Marvel Adventures. Clevinger also revealed that he had contributed writing for two issues of World War Hulks: Wolverine vs. Captain America, which were to be released that summer.
The self-published novel Nuklear Age is largely an extended parody of comic books. The book recounts the adventures of Nuklear Man and his sidekick, Atomik Lad, as they fight against rogue military weapons, highly evolved civilizations, the trials of everyday life, an angst-filled over-villain of undeniable power, the ever exotic Dr. Menace, and their own impulses. A sequel called Atomik Age was planned but never completed.
Clevinger has stated that "[his] favorite comics are the ones where the jokes are on the reader."
- Nuklear Power Retrieved November 13, 2011.
- Clevinger, Brian. "Forum again plus stickers!". Nuklear Power. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
- Clevinger, Brian. "Warbot In Accounting". Nuklear Power. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
- Clevinger, Brian. "How I Killed Your Master FAQ". Nuklear Power. Retrieved 2009-08-16.[dead link]
- Atomic Robo Debuts October 2007
- 2008 Eisner Award Nominees Named Archived January 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (press release), Newsarama, April 14, 2008
- The 2008 Eisner Awards: 2008 Eisner Award Winners Comic-Con. Accessed 07 September 2008. Archived 07 September 2008.
- Rogers, Vaneta. "C2E2: Retelling the INFINITY GAUNTLET for the next generation". Newsarama. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
- Clevinger, Brian (April 25, 2010). "My Other Marvel Project". nuklearpower.com. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
- World War Hulks at Comic Vine
- Clevinger, Brian (2004-04-03). "Teaser!". Nuklear Power. Archived from the original on 2006-11-22. Retrieved 2007-03-27.
- Clevinger, Brian (April 10, 2006). "Episode 681: Of Civilizations". 8-Bit Theater. Nuklearpower.com. Archived from the original on 2009-02-22. Retrieved 24 December 2009.