Derek McCulloch (comics)

Derek McCulloch (comics)
Derek McCulloch

Born 1964
Nationality Canadian
Area(s) Writer
Notable works Stagger Lee
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Derek McCulloch is an author of graphic novels, comics, and books for children who was born in Ottawa in 1964, raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta,[1] and lives in Oakland, California.



Throughout the mid 1980s and early 1990s, he was the publisher of Strawberry Jam Comics, and wrote To Be Announced and night life. He was also co-founder of The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund in Canada and co-edited the organization's two True North anthologies. His stories have appeared in comics series including Open Season, Shred!, and Cerebus High Society.[2] He works as a technical editor at an engineering company.[3]

He wrote Stagger Lee, a graphic novel based on the story of Stagger Lee and drawn by Shepherd Hendrix, which was published by Image Comics in May 2006.[4] It has been nominated for several awards, including the Eisner Awards 2007[5] and the Eagle Awards 2006,[6] and won several Glyph Comics Awards in 2007,[7] including Story of the Year and Best Writer.

At the New York Comic Con in February 2009, DC Comics announced that McCulloch would be writing Gone to Amerikay, an original graphic novel to be drawn by Colleen Doran.[8]

In 2009, he released his first book for children, T. Runt!, illustrated by Jimmie Robinson.

In 2010, he self-published a print-on-demand anthology of short stories, Stories of a Callow Youth.[9]

Pug, his 2010 graphic novel with artist Greg Espinoza, was nominated for the 2011 Spinetingler Award, in the category of Best Crime Comic/Graphic Novel.[10]


Original graphic novels

  • Stagger Lee (with artist Shepherd Hendrix, Image Comics, May 2006, ISBN 1582406073)
  • Pug (with artist Greg Espinoza, Image Comics, July 2010, ISBN 1607060663)

Books for Children

  • T. Runt! (with artist Jimmie Robinson, Silverline Books, June 2009, ISBN 1607060744)


  • "The Gambler" (self-published chapbook, illustrated by Ben Catmull, September 2001)
  • Stories of a Callow Youth (CreateSpace, January 2010, ISBN 1450514073)

Strawberry Jam Comics

  • To Be Announced #1-7 (with artist Mike Bannon, June 1985-June 1987)
  • night life #1-7 (with artist Simon Tristam, September 1986-March 1988)
  • Open Season #7 (text page, July 1989)
  • Oombah Jungle Moon Man #1 (text page, August 1992)


  • Displaced Persons preview book (with artist Rantz A. Hoseley, Image Comics, July 2007)
  • Open Season #6: "The Ballad of the Filipino Head Boxer" (written with Jim Bricker, drawn by Bricker and Shepherd Hendrix, Renegade Press, April 1988)
  • The True North: "Rosebud" (with artist Simon Tristam, Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund, August 1988)
  • Shred #5: "Leroy Smalls and His Amazing Atomic Skateboard," (with artist Ronny Turner, CFW Enterprises, August 1989)
  • Cerebus High Society #1: "The Single Paige" (with artist Simon Tristan, Aardvark-Vanaheim, February 1990)
  • The True North II: "Three Card Monty" (with artist Simon Tristan, Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund, July 1991)
  • night life #8 (with artist Simon Tristan, Caliber Press, November 1991)
  • night life #9 (with artist Simon Tristan, completed but unpublished)
  • EXPO 2001: "Stagger Lee on American Bandstand" (with artist Rik Livingston, EXPO/CBLDF, September 2001)
  • Popgun #1: "Jenny Greenteeth" (with artist Shepherd Hendrix, Image Comics, November 2007, ISBN 1582408246)
  • Comic Book Tattoo: "Pretty Good Year" (with artist Colleen Doran, Image Comics, July 2008, ISBN 1582409641)
  • PopGun #2: "Nixon's the One" (with artist Ron Turner, Image Comics, July 2008, ISBN 158240920X)
  • PopGun #3: "Cuffs" (with artist Peter Krause, Image Comics, April 2009, ISBN 1582409749)
  • This is a Souvenir: The Songs of Spearmint and Shirley Lee: "The Last Bus Home" (with artist Jimmie Robinson, Image Comics, May 2009, ISBN 1607060485)
  • PopGun #4: "Harshing the Mellow" (with artist Anthony Peruzzo, Image Comics, February 2010, ISBN 1607061880)
  • Fractured Fables (Free Comic Book Day Edition): "Raponsel" (with artist Anthony Peruzzo, Image Comics, May 2010)
  • Fractured Fables: "Raponsel" (with artist Anthony Peruzzo, Image Comics, July 2010, ISBN 1607062690)


  • Krang! #5 (stories and art by Derek McCulloch, Severely, Ltd., 1988)
  • Krang! #6 (stories and art by Derek McCulloch, Severely, Ltd., 1991)


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