Judd Winick (born February 12, 1970) is an American comic book, comic
strip and television writer/artist and former reality television
personality. Winick first gained fame for his 1994 stint on MTV's The
Real World: San Francisco, before earning success for his work on
comic books as Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and Pedro and Me, his
autobiographical graphic novel about his friendship with Real World
AIDS educator Pedro Zamora. He created the animated TV
series The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, which ran for three seasons
on Cartoon Network.
1 Early life and career
2.1 Early work
2.2 The Real World: San Francisco
2.3 1994 – present
2.4 DC Comics, television work and Hilo
3 Personal life
4 In popular culture
5 Awards and nominations
7 External links
Early life and career
Winick was born February 12, 1970 to a
Jewish family, and grew up
in Dix Hills, New York. In his youth Winick initially read
superhero comics, but this changed when he read Kyle Baker's graphic
novel Why I Hate Saturn, which Winick said in a 2015 interview he
still reads once a year. Winick also cites Bloom County: Loose Tails
Berke Breathed as the first collection of that strip that changed
his life, one which prompted him to spend the next ten years "horribly
aping" Breathed's style.
Winick graduated from high school in 1988 and entered the University
of Michigan, Ann Arbor's School of Art, intending to emulate his
cartoonist heroes, including Breathed and Garry Trudeau. His comic
strip, "Nuts and Bolts", began running in the school’s newspaper,
the Michigan Daily, in his freshman year, and he was selected to speak
at graduation. The University published a small print-run of a
collection of his strips called Watching the Spin-Cycle: The Nuts
& Bolts Collection. In his senior year, Universal Press Syndicate,
which syndicates strips such as
Doonesbury and Calvin & Hobbes,
offered Winick a development contract.
After graduation, Winick lived in an apartment in Beacon Hill, Boston,
Massachusetts, with fellow writer Brad Meltzer, struggling to develop
Nuts and Bolts for UPS, while working at a bookstore. On January 1,
1993, UPS decided not to renew Winick’s strip for syndication,
feeling it could not compete in the current market. Winick was unable
to secure syndication with another company, and was forced to move
back in with his parents by the middle of 1993, doing unfulfilling
T-shirt work for beer companies. Winick had Nuts & Bolts in
development with the children’s television network Nickelodeon as an
animated series, even turning the human characters into mice, and
proposing new titles like Young Urban Mice and Rat Race, but nothing
came of it.
The Real World: San Francisco
Winick (upper left) in 1994 with (left to right): Rachel Campos, Alex
Escarno, Cory Murphy and his then-girlfriend (now wife) Pam Ling
Winick applied to be on
MTV network’s reality TV show, The Real
World: San Francisco, hoping for fame and a career boost. During the
casting process, the producers of the show conducted an in-person,
videotaped interview with Winick. When asked how he would feel about
living with someone who was HIV-positive, Winick gave what he thought
was an enthusiastic, politically correct answer, despite reservations.
Winick was accepted as a cast member on the show in January 1994. The
producers informed the housemates that they would be living with
someone who was HIV-positive, but they did not reveal who it was.
Winick and his six castmates (Mohammed Bilal, Rachel Campos, Pam Ling,
Cory Murphy, David "Puck" Rainey, and Pedro Zamora) moved into the
house at 949 Lombard Street on
Russian Hill on February 12, Winick's
24th birthday. Winick became roommates with Pedro Zamora. Although
Cory Murphy, who was the first housemate to meet Zamora, learned that
he was HIV-positive when they took the train together from Los Angeles
to San Francisco, Winick learned that Zamora was the housemate who
AIDS after Winick and Zamora had decided to be roommates, when
Zamora told him that he was an
AIDS educator, and subsequently showed
his scrapbook to Winick and the other housemates.
Winick's Nuts and Bolts strip began running in the San Francisco
Examiner in March of that year.
Winick, who is Jewish, was offended at Rainey's decision to wear a
T-shirt depicting four guns arranged in the shape of a swastika, and
by Rainey's refusal to accede to Winick's request not to wear it.
After filming of the season ended, Winick and Ling moved to Los
Angeles to continue their relationship.
By August 1994, Zamora's health began to decline. After being
hospitalized, he asked Winick to substitute for him at a national AIDS
education lecture. When Zamora died on November 11, 1994, Winick and
Ling were at his bedside. Winick would continue Zamora's educational
work for some time after that.
1994 – present
Midtown Comics Grand Central
Midtown Comics Grand Central in New York City, June 24, 2004
Winick designed illustrations for The Complete Idiot's Guide to...
series of books, and did over 300 of them, including that
series’ computer-oriented line. A collection of the computer-related
titles' cartoons was published in 1997 as Terminal Madness, The
Complete Idiot's Guide Computer Cartoon Collection.
While working on Pedro and Me, Winick began working on comic books,
beginning with a one-page Frumpy the Clown cartoon in Oni Press’
anthology series, Oni Double Feature #3, in 1998, before going on to
do longer stories, like the two-part Road Trip, which was published in
issues #9 and 10 of the same book. Road Trip went on to become an
Eisner Award nominee for Best Sequential Story.
Winick followed up with a three-issue miniseries, The Adventures of
Barry Ween, Boy Genius, about a cynical, profane grade school whiz
kid, who invents a myriad of futuristic devices that no one other than
his best friend knows about. Barry Ween was published by Image Comics
from March through May 1999, with two subsequent miniseries, The
Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius 2.0 and The Adventures of Barry
Ween, Boy Genius: Monkey Tales (Retitled The Adventures of Barry Ween,
Boy Genius 3 or The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius: Gorilla
Warfare in the collected editions), published by Oni Press, which
published trade paperback collections of all three miniseries. Barry
Ween was optioned by Platinum Studios to be adapted into an animated
series, but to date, nothing has come of this.
Winick’s graphic novel, Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I
Learned, was published in September 2000. It was awarded six American
Library Association awards, was nominated for an Eisner Award, won
Winick his first
GLAAD award, has been praised by creators such as
Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, and Armistead Maupin, and has been
incorporated into school curricula across the country.
DC Comics, television work and Hilo
Winick's work in mainstream superhero comics received attention for
storylines in which he explores gay or AIDS-oriented themes. In his
first regular writing assignment on a monthly superhero comic book, DC
Comics' Green Lantern, Winick wrote a storyline in which Terry Berg,
an assistant of the title character, emerged as a gay character in
Green Lantern #137 (June 2001) and in
Green Lantern #154 (November
2002) the story entitled "Hate Crime" gained media recognition when
Terry was brutally beaten in a homophobic attack. Winick was
interviewed on Phil Donahue's show on
MSNBC for that storyline on
August 15, 2002, and received two more
GLAAD awards for his
Green Lantern work.
Judd Winick left
Green Lantern for another DC series, Green
Arrow, beginning with issue #26 of that title (July 2003). He gained
more media recognition for
Green Arrow #43 (December 2004) in which he
revealed that Green Arrow's 17-year-old ward, a former runaway-turned
prostitute named Mia Dearden, was HIV-positive. In issue #45 (February
2005), Winick had Dearden take on the identity of Speedy, the second
Green Arrow sidekick to bear that name, making her the most
prominent HIV-positive superhero to star in an ongoing comic book, a
decision for which Winick was interviewed on CNN.
In 2003 Winick wrote a five-issue miniseries for DC’s Vertigo
imprint called Blood & Water, about a young man with terminal
illness whose two friends reveal to him that they are vampires, and
that they wish to save his life by turning him into a vampire himself.
Winick at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Winick's other comic book work includes Batman, The Outsiders, and
Marvel's Exiles. In 2005 he co-wrote Countdown to Infinite Crisis,
a one-shot comic that initiated the "Infinite Crisis" storyline, with
Geoff Johns and Greg Rucka. Winick was responsible for bringing
Jason Todd, the second character known as Batman's sidekick Robin,
back from the dead, and making him the new Red Hood, the second such
Batman villain by that name. That same year, Winick created an
animated TV show named
The Life and Times of Juniper Lee in 2005,
which ran for three seasons on the Cartoon Network. Along with
creating the show and the characters, he has also directed the voice
actors alongside Susan Blu.
Between September 2005 and March 2006, Winick wrote the four-issue
Superman limited series, Superman/Shazam: First Thunder
with art by Josh Middleton. Winick continued his work with the Marvel
Family in a 12-issue limited series titled The Trials Of Shazam!,
and continued his
Green Arrow work with 2007's Green Arrow/Black
Canary Wedding Special, which led to the ongoing series Green Arrow
and Black Canary, the first 14 issues of which Winick wrote. In
November 2007, DC released a
Teen Titans East special, a prequel for
Titans, which was scripted by Winick. Following the "Battle for
the Cowl" storyline, Winick took over the writing on
Batman for four
issues. He co-wrote the 26-issue biweekly Justice League:
Generation Lost with Keith Giffen, a title which alternated with
Brightest Day. In addition, he was a regular writer on the monthly
Power Girl series.
Winick wrote the screenplay for the 2010 direct to DVD animated
feature Batman: Under the Red Hood, which was based on the 1988–89
story arc "Batman: A Death in the Family" and the 2005 "Batman: Under
the Hood" story arc that he wrote in the
Batman comic book.
Beginning in September 2011, Winick began writing new
Batwing ongoing series that were launched as part of DC Comics' reboot
of its continuity, The New 52. The
Catwoman series was criticized
by some readers for its focus on Selina Kyle's sexuality, particularly
scenes showing her sexual relationship with Batman.
Winick responded that it was DC that desired this tone.
Winick is the head writer on The Awesomes, an animated superhero
comedy series created by
Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker for Hulu.
It debuted on August 1, 2013 and ended on November 3, 2015.
In July 2012 Winick announced that he was leaving
Catwoman after issue
#12, in order to create an all-ages, original graphic novel called
Hilo (pronounced "High-Low"), a move that Winick explained was
inspired a year or so prior when his then-seven-year-old son asked to
read his work. Not having age-appropriate material for him, Winick
gave him Jeff Smith's Bone, which both father and son enjoyed, and
decided to create an all-ages story that his son could read. The full
color series, whose tone and visuals Winick describes as "part E.T.,
part Doctor Who, part
Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes", stars a small
town boy named D.J. whose life takes an unexpected turn when a
mysterious boy named Hilo falls from the sky, and takes D.J. and his
friend Gina on adventures that include robots, aliens and a quest to
save the world. The series represents Winick's first artwork since
2002's The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius: Gorilla Warfare, as
well as his first children's book. It is published by Random House,
with the first book published in September 2015. The deal is for three
books, though Winick plans to have a total of six graphic novels by
the time the story is finished, and hopes to release a book every six
months. The first two volumes of the Hilo series, Hilo, the
Boy Who Crashed to Earth and Hilo, Saving the Whole Wide World, are
New York Times bestsellers.
After appearing on The Real World, Winick and his former costar, Pam
Ling, began to date. Winick proposed to her with a cartoon he made for
the occasion, and which he presented to her while wearing a gorilla
suit. The cartoon presented Ling with two choices to answer his
proposal. After she accepted his proposal, he summoned three singing
Elvises. Winick and Ling married in a civil ceremony on August 26,
Armistead Maupin spoke at their ceremony. As of 2008,
they have two children, a son and a daughter, whom they work
to keep out of the spotlight, preferring to omit photos of them from
social media, and publications who interview the couple to omit their
In popular culture
In Pedro, Nick Oceano's 2008 film dramatizing Pedro Zamora's life,
Winick is portrayed by Hale Appleman. Winick and his wife Pam
can be seen in a cameo in a scene in which Jenn Liu and Alex Loynaz,
as Ling and Zamora, are meeting up on a set of stairs.
Winick is mentioned in Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering
Awards and nominations
Publishers Weekly Best Book, for Pedro and Me
2000 Bay Area Book Reviewers Award for Best in Children's Literature,
for Pedro and Me
2001 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor Award, for Pedro and
American Library Association
American Library Association Notable Children's Book citation,
for Pedro and Me
American Library Association
American Library Association Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender
Roundtable Nonfiction Honor book, for Pedro and Me
American Library Association
American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, for
Pedro and Me
American Library Association
American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults,
for Pedro and Me
American Library Association
American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young
Adult Readers, for Pedro and Me
Young Adult Library Services Association Quick Pick for Reluctant
Readers, for Pedro and Me
YALSA Notable Graphic Novels, for Pedro and Me
Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book, for Pedro and Me
America's Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature Highly
Recommended List (Award sponsored by the National Consortium of Latin
American Studies Programs—CLASP), for Pedro and Me
GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic, for Pedro and Me
GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic, for Green Lantern
GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic, for Green
Eisner Award Nomination for Best Original Graphic Novel, for
Pedro and Me
American Library Association
American Library Association Stonewall Book Award Nominee, for
Pedro and Me
South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee (2003–2004), for Pedro
19th GLAAD Media Award
19th GLAAD Media Award for Best Comic Book, for The Outsiders (shared
Greg Rucka and Tony Bedard)
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^ Winick mentions the date in the beginning of "You Gotta Have Art",
the fifth episode of The Real World: San Francisco.
^ Pedro and Me; pp. 19 – 30.
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