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Matt Wagner has enjoyed a career in comics for nearly twenty years. Born and educated in Pennsylvania, his first published work was for the fledgling '80s company, Comico - a short story that would introduce one of comicdom's most respected creator-owned characters-the mastermind assasin, Grendel. Best known for this epic creation and his other, more personal allegory, Mage, Matt has also worked on a variety of established characters. These include his ground-breaking work on the character of Batman villain, Two-Face, in the graphic novel, Faces, as well as a five-year stint spent developing and generating the stories for the fan-favorite Vertigo title, Sandman Mystery Theater. His most recent efforts in this vein have included writing the Dr. Mid-Nite miniseries for DC Comics.

Known for his character-driven stories and his obvious love of the world's mythologies, Matt has also enjoyed the distinction of being one of the only writer/artists allowed to team his own creation with one of DC's flagship characters in two successive Batman/Grendel crossovers.

Creatively prolific, Matt has recently returned to familiar ground over the past several years with the release of his long-awaited sequel, Mage: The Hero Defined, published by Image Comics. Fans and critics alike have recently hailed the grand finale to this second installment in the adventures of Matt's alter-ego, Kevin Matchstick; a planned trilogy that will eventually culminate in the The Hero Denied.

1998 also saw Matt return to another of his best-known characters, the Hunter Rose incarnation of Grendel, in a star-studded Dark Horse miniseries - Grendel: Black, White & Red - winner of two Eisner Awards, for Best Anthology and Best Short Story.

Matt lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Barbara Schutz, their two children, and three cats.

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