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Steven T. Seagle

Steven T. Seagle (born March 31, 1965) is an American writer who works in the comic book, television, film, live theater, video game, and animation, industries.

Steven T. Seagle
Seagle at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 10, 2010
Seagle at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 10, 2010
Born (1965-03-31) March 31, 1965 (age 53)
GenreComics, television, film, video game, theater

He is best known[1]for his graphic novel memoir It's a Bird (Vertigo, May 2004),[2] and as part of his Man of Action Studios (with Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey and Joe Kelly) which created the animated Cartoon Network series Ben 10 responsible for both Cartoon Network's highest-rated single program and highest rated series premiere.

Seagle is also a founding member of Speak Theater Arts, creators of innovative live stage productions and is a former college instructor having taught at Ball State University, Pasadena City College and Mt. San Antonio College, where he also served as a coach for the Forensics team during many of their national championship seasons.

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Early lifeEdit

Seagle was born in Biloxi, MS. Seagle's father, Jack, was in the United States Air Force, and as a result, the family moved many times. The family twice lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, near the United States Air Force Academy where Jack was stationed. Seagle recalls watching the moon landing on television in their apartment by what is today Chapel Hills Mall. Seagle's first encounter with Spider-Man was when his mother, Jennie, brought Seagle's brother, David, to the airforce Base Exchange, where she purchased The Amazing Spider-Man #66, which featured the villain Mysterio for David and Avengers #89 featuring Captain Marvel for Steven. Years later, after Seagle had begun collecting comics himself, and his best friend, Eric Koppisch, recommended that he read an issue of Spider-Man himself, Seagle read an issue featuring a team-up with Nova. Seagle migrated to reading Uncanny X-men starting with issue #114 and this began Seagle's interest in comics. Seagle would later become the writer of Uncanny X-men and Nova would later be the co-star on the TV series Seagle would produce, Ultimate Spider-Man.[3]

After Jack retired from the Air Force and took a job at KRDO, the family moved to a house right next to Garden of the Gods. Seagle attended Coronado High School. Seagle harbored a heavy interest in music, participating in the marching band, orchestra, jazz band, and chamber singers. He also competed on the speech and debate team. During the summers he worked at Flying W Ranch baking biscuits for a couple of years and then went to work as the villain two years in a row at Iron Springs Chateau, a job he characterized thus: "I was paid to insult people! Best job ever!"[3]

CareerEdit

Seagle has written numerous comics books. His first series was FAFKA for Renegade Press which was drawn by The Walking Dead artist Stefano Gaudiano and which was nominated for an Eisner award in the Best Limited Series category. His second limited series was The Amazon with artist Tim Sale. With the collapse of the publisher in the middle of his third limited series, Solstice, Seagle left comics to become a full-time college instructor and speech and debate coach at Ball State University and then Pasadena City College. Solstice was eventually completed by artist Moritat and published by Image Comics. His return to comis was on the series Uncanny X-Men, Sandman Mystery Theatre (three Eisner nominations), House of Secrets, Alpha Flight, and Grifter. His Later Series work included Superman, The Crusades with artist Kelley Jones, Primal Force, American Virgin with Becky Cloonan, and the limited series Soul Kiss, and Imperial.

Seagle has authored many Original Graphic Novels including the Eisner-winning it's a bird..., and the Eisner nominated The Red Diary/The RE[a]D Diary – both with artist Teddy Kristiansen; two volumes of his Camp Midnight series with the New Yorker cartoonist Jasoon Katzerstein; and GET NAKED a collection of graphic essays illustrated by various artists from The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark where Seagle is an occasional lecturer. In addition, Seagle and artist Marco Cinello have authored two children's story books; Frankie Stein and Batula.

In 2000, Seagle co-founded Man of Action Studios – later MAN OF ACTION Entertainment – a creative think tank, writers collective, and production house, with fellow partners and comic book creators Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Duncan Rouleau. MAN OF ACTION scripted four short films for an independent producer before being tapped to write the script for Activision’s highly successful X-Men: Legends video game.

Their third professional credit was the original animation series Ben 10 which they created and sold to Cartoon Network. The original series ran for 52 episodes and has so far spawned sequel series Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Ben 10: Omniverse, the 2015 reboot Ben 10, two live action made-for TV-movies, a live stage show, as well as a roller coaster attraction in England. Their second original creation for Cartoon Network, Generator Rex, aired sixty episodes and crossed over with Ben 10 in 2011. With MAN OF ACTION, Seagle was supervising producer on Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD, which premiered in April 2012.[3][4] Seagle and MAN OF ACTION also served as co-executive producer duties on Disney XD's Avengers Assemble (TV series). Seagle and MAN OF ACTION co-created Zak Storm which airs on NETFLIX, and developed and Executive Produce MegaMan:Fully Charged, and Bakugan Battle Planet which both air on Cartoon Network in the U.S.

In November 2014, Disney in their first animated collaboration with Marvel Comics premiered Big Hero 6, a film based on the team co-created by Seagle and his MAN OF ACTION Entertainment partner Duncan Rouleau. Seagle's original comic book series House of Secrets was sold as a feature to Marc Canton/Warner Brothers, and Seagle wrote the screenplay (unproduced). The same week Seagle also sold and wrote the genre action pilot Carnival to FOX in association with Spelling Entertainment (unproduced), as well as and the female action/comedy Dot’s Bots to Mainframe Animation.

Seagle, along with Liesel Reinhart and Rafael Agustin, is a co-founder of Speak Theater Arts the Los Angeles based theater company that produced the touring comedy N*W*C; Armeniamania with Sona Movsesian; and It Gets Better. In 2009, Seagle co-directed one of the national premiere live stage readings of The Laramie Project: an Epilogue performed by a celebrity cast and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles.[5]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Seagle's work has received numerous Eisner Award nominations, including twice for best writer – in 1995 for his work on Sandman Mystery Theatre (DC/Vertigo) and in 1999 for the same title and his story "Drive By" in Oni Double Feature #10 (Oni Press). Seagle's work on American Virgin has been nominated twice for the GLAAD Meida Award for Best Comic Book. Seagle's run on Uncanny X-Men was awarded the Wizard Fan Award for Favorite Ongoing Series.

BibliographyEdit

Early workEdit

  • Kafka #1–6 (with Stefano Gaudiano, Renegade Press, 1987)
    • In 2006, the series was remastered and reprinted by Active Images as a tpb (180 pages, ISBN 0-9766-7615-X)
    • In 2013, the remastered version was colorized and reprinted by Image as a hc (ISBN 1-6070-6763-3)
  • Comico:
  • In Thin Air: The Mystery of Amelia Earhart (with Ken Holewczynski, Tome Press, one-shot, 1991)
  • Millennium Publications:

WildstormEdit

DC ComicsEdit

VertigoEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit

Image ComicsEdit

Other publishersEdit

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

  • BEN 10 – Series Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION), Writer (selected episodes) – Cartoon Network
  • BEN 10 Season 1 DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION), Writer (selected episodes) – Cartoon Network
  • BEN 10 Season 2 DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION), Writer (selected episodes) – Cartoon Network
  • BEN 10 Season 3 DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION), Writer (selected episodes) – Cartoon Network
  • BEN 10 Season 4 DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION) – Cartoon Network
  • BEN 10: Alien Force – Series Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION) – Cartoon Network
  • BEN 10: Alien Force Volume 1 DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION)
  • BEN 10: Alien Force Volume 2 DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION)
  • BEN 10: Alien Force Volume 3 DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION)
  • BEN 10: Alien Force Volume 4 DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION)
  • BEN 10: Alien Force Volume 5 DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION)
  • BEN 10: Alien Force Volume 6 DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION)
  • BEN 10: Alien Force Volume 7 DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION)
  • BEN 10: Alien Force Volume 8 DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION)
  • BEN 10: Alien Force Volume 9 DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION)
  • BEN 10: Ultimate Alien: The Return of Heatblast DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION)
  • BEN 10: Ultimate Alien: Escape From Aggregor DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION)
  • BEN 10: Ultimate Alien: Power Struggle DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION)
  • BEN 10: Ultimate Alien: The Wild Truth DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION)
  • Carnival – Creator, Writer – FOX/Spelling Entertainment (unproduced)
  • Dot's Bots – Co-Creator – Mainframe Animation
  • Generator Rex – Series Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION), Writer (selected episodes) – Cartoon Network
  • Generator Rex: Volume 1 DVD – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION)
  • Sex TV – (as himself), interview – CTV

FilmEdit

  • House of Secrets – Creator, Writer – Warner Brothers/Marc Canton Productions (unproduced)
  • BEN 10: Race Against Time – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION) – Cartoon Network
  • BEN 10: Alien Swarm – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION) – Cartoon Network
  • BEN 10: Secrets of the Omnitrix – Co-Creator (as MAN OF ACTION) – Cartoon Network

StageEdit

  • N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK – Comedy – Co-writer, Co-director – Speak Theater Arts (www.speaktheaterarts.com)
  • ArmeniaMania! – Comedy – Co-writer, Co-director – Speak Theater Arts (www.speaktheaterarts.com)
  • The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, An Epilogue – Drama – Co-director, Designer – Speak Theater Arts/GMCLA (www.speaktheaterarts.com)
  • The SEX Show – One Act – Co-writer, Co-director – World Premiere Award ARTa 2006
  • BUILD – One Act – Writer, Director – Audience Award ARTa 2002
  • Guernica – One Act – Writer, Director – Best Play ARTa 2001

Video gamesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Reviewed by The New Yorker, Slate.com and included in a feature interview on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross
  2. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "It's a Bird...", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 98–99, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015
  3. ^ a b c Terrones, Terry (March 27, 2012). "Q&A with 'Ultimate Spider-Man' producer and Springs native Steven Seagle" Archived March 14, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. ColoradoSprings.com
  4. ^ Ching, Albert (March 27, 2012). "Joe Kelly and Steven Seagle Help Guide ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN". Newsarama. Archived June 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Grasso, Eugene. "FAN FEST EXCLUSIVE: Steven T. Seagle Talks Man of Action". Fan Fest | For Fans, By Fans. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  6. ^ Mike Allred's first professional work; 5 issues were done but none were published due to Comico's collapse. One of three unpublished Allred/Seagle collaborations, the other two being Look for Tundra and Big World which was not approved by Vertigo sometime in the early 00s. Fourth project was (not) announced at SDCC '10, but nothing has come to be as well yet.
  7. ^ During one month not long after Image formed, many of the books in their stable jumped ahead to issue #25 to "give their fans a glimpse into the future of the books". After Stormwatch #9 (April 1994), the series jumped ahead to #25 (May 1994) then the following month picked up with #10 (June 1994). The issues was later reprinted in August 1995 right after #24 (the events of the book being brought full circle courtesy of Ron Marz).

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Preceded by
Scott Lobdell
Uncanny X-Men writer
1997–1999
Succeeded by
Alan Davis