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About the Artist: Christopher Moeller

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Christopher Moeller (born May 1, 1963) is a writer and painter, specializing in fully-painted graphic novels. Moeller’s signature creation is the Iron Empires science-fiction universe, comprising two fully-painted graphic novels Faith Conquers and Sheva’s War, a short story in Dark Horse Presents, and a second in the anthology Negative Burn. In 2006, an Iron Empires role-playing game was published, called Burning Empires.

Moeller was born in Ithaca, New York and currently lives in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He received a BFA in painting from the University of Michigan School of art, and an MFA in illustration from Syracuse University.

Comics career

Moeller’s professional debut was in 1991, writing and painting Innovation Comic’s Rocketman: King of the Rocketmen. This was followed by a run on Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, also from Innovation, for which he provided artwork and a number of cover illustrations.

Moeller moved to Dark Horse Comics in 1994, writing and painting the first of his Iron Empires graphic novels (at that time called Shadow Empires) Faith Conquers, as well as the short story The Passage in Dark Horse Presents, #79-81. He illustrated Andrew Vachss’ short story Treatment, which was included in Vachss’ 2002 graphics-adapted collection, Hard Looks. He also did James Bond covers, a number of Star Wars covers, and a “pop-up” Star Wars book called Battle of the Bounty-Hunters.

In 1998, Moeller wrote and painted his second Iron Empires graphic novel Sheva’s War for the short-lived Science Fiction imprint of DC Comics, Helix. That was followed by a run of covers for DC’s Batman monthly comic book Shadow of the Bat. In 2000, he wrote and painted the graphic novel JLA: A League of One. He did an extended run of covers for the Vertigo monthly comic book Lucifer. In 2005, he wrote and painted the graphic novel JLA Classified: Cold Steel.

Gaming career

Moeller has worked in the gaming industry in parallel with his comics work. He has done numerous illustrations for White Wolf Games, including covers for their Aberrant game books, and miniatures game. He has provided over 100 illustrations for the trading card game Magic: the Gathering. He has done illustrations for the World of Warcraft trading card game. He did the packaging art for the Axis and Allies Miniatures game.

Publishing Highlights

  • 1991 Rocketman: King of the Rocketmen graphic novel. 128pp in four comics & paperback collection. Innovation Comics.
  • 1993 The Passage short story in the Dark Horse Presents anthology. 24pp in three chapters( colored version included in 2004 Faith Conquers paperback). Dark Horse Comics.
  • 1994 Shadow Empires: Faith Conquers graphic novel (later re-named [Iron Empires: Faith Conquers]. 128pp in four comics ( collected in 2004 in paperback). Dark Horse Comics.
  • 1996 Second Passage short story in the Negative Burn Anthology. Co-written by Kevin Moeller. 48pp in six chapters. Caliber Comics.
  • 1998 Iron Empires: Sheva’s War graphic novel. 150pp in five comics (collected in 2004 in paperback from Dark Horse Comics). Helix (DC Comics imprint)
  • 2001 JLA: A League of One graphic novel. 102pp. Hardcover & Paperback. DC Comics
  • 2005 JLA Classified: Cold Steel graphic novel. 96pp in two prestige-format comics. DC Comics.