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Judd Winick

Biography

Judd Winick

Born February 12th, 1970 and raised on Long Island in New York, Judd began cartooning professionally at 16 with a single-paneled strip called Nuts & Bolts. This ran weekly through Anton Publications, a newspaper publisher that produced town papers in the Tristate area. He was paid 10 dollars a week.
 
In August of 1988, Judd began attending the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor bringing Nuts & Bolts with him, but turning it into a four-panel strip and creating a cast of characters to tell his tales. Nuts & Bolts ran in The Michigan Daily 5 days a week from his freshman year, until graduation in the spring of 1992.
 
A collection of those college years Nuts & Bolts was published in Ann Arbor. Watching the Spin-Cycle: the Nuts & Bolts collection had a small run of a thousand books a couple of months before graduation. They sold out in about 2 weeks and there are no plans to republish it.
 
Before graduation he accepted a development deal with a major syndicate (syndicates are the major league baseball of comic strips. They act as an agent or broker and sell comic strips to newspapers). Judd spent the next year living in Boston, and developing his strip.
 
The bottom dropped out when the syndicate decided that they were not going to pursue Nuts and Bolts for syndication and were terminating his development contract.
 
Crushed and almost broke, he moved back in with his parents in July 1993. Getting by doing spot illustration jobs, Judd actually had Nuts & Bolts in development with Nickelodeon as an animated series. At one point he even turned the human characters into mice.
 
In August of 1993 he saw an ad on MTV for The Real World III, San Francisco. For those who may not know, The Real World is a real-life documentary soap opera, where 7 strangers from around the country are put up in a house and filmed for six months. You get free rent, free moving costs, you get to live in San Francisco, and get to be a famous pig on television.
 
On February 12th 1993, he moved into a house on Russian Hill and they began filming. Along the way Nuts & Bolts was given a weekly spot in the San Francisco Examiner. This WHOLE deal was filmed and aired for the show.
 
Along with the weekly San Francisco Examiner gig, Judd began doing illustrations for The Complete Idiot's Guide series through QUE Books. Since then, Judd has illustrated over 300 Idiot's Guides and still does the cartoons for the computer oriented Idiot's Guides line.
 
Along the way Judd began doing other comic books and long-form sequential art stories. Developing a relationship with Oni Press, beginning with a one page Frumpy the Clown cartoon in ONI DOUBLE FEATURE #4, in 1998, then moving on to telling a full story.
 
Judd currently lives in San Francisco with his former The Real World housemate, now life partner, Pam Ling.
 
And he's a happy camper.

Judd Winick

Books by Judd Winick

by Judd Winick - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Comic Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Youth Fiction

MORE ACTION! MORE FUN! MORE LAUGHS! MORE ROBOTS! What REALLY happened in Hilo's world before he came to Earth? D.J. and our favorite space boy, Hilo, take a DANGEROUS trip to Hilo's home planet to find out! But everything Hilo thinks he knows about his past is about to be turned inside out and UPSIDE DOWN! Hilo was supposed to save everyone...but what happens if it's Hilo that needs saving?! Is ANYONE who we think they are? Can Hilo and his friends figure out how all the pieces fit...before it's too late?!

by Judd Winick - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Science Fiction

DJ and Gina are totally ordinary kids. But Hilo isn't! Has Hilo finally met his match? Not if D.J. and Gina can help it! ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! Mega Robot Monsters are suddenly waking up all over and they're too big and too strong for Hilo to fight on his own! Luckily, he doesn't have to! He has GINA and some brand new super powers on his side! Being heroes can be super fun-but it can also be SUPER dangerous! And the closer Hilo and Gina get to saving their world from the monsters --- the closer Hilo gets to the dark secret of his past. Does he really want to know? Do we?

by Judd Winick - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Graphic Novel, Manga, Science Fiction

Hilo may look like an ordinary kid, but he’s DEFINITELY not! When we last saw Hilo, DJ and Gina, Gina had been sucked into a mysterious portal to who knows where! But friends don’t let friends disappear into NOWHERE! It’s up to D.J. and Hilo to follow her. he trio will have to battle bad guys and face disgusting food, an angry mom, powerful magic and more!

by Judd Winick - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Superhero

DJ and Gina are TOTALLY ordinary kids. But Hilo...isn’t. HILO is just settling into life on earth (Bowling? Knock-knock jokes? OUTSTANDING!) when strange portals begin opening up all over town. And HOLY MACKEREL! Even STRANGER creatures are coming through them! But it will take more than a GIANT MUTANT CHICKEN, A VIKING HIPPO, A MAGICAL WARRIOR CAT, or even a few MILLION KILLER VEGETABLES to stop Team Hilo...er, WON’T IT? Can Hilo, DJ and GINA figure out how to send these creatures back to their worlds before they DESTROY the earth?

by Judd Winick - Children's, Science Fiction

D.J. and his friend Gina are totally normal kids. But that was before a mysterious boy came crashing down from the sky! Hilo doesn’t know where he came from, or what he’s doing on Earth. (Or why going to school in only your underwear is a bad idea!)...But what if Hilo wasn’t the only thing to fall to our planet? Can the trio unlock the secrets of his past? Can Hilo survive a day at school? And are D.J. and Gina ready to save the world?