Bill Koeb

Bill Koeb

Bill Koeb is an American illustrator, painter, and comic-book artist whose work includes the Marvel Comics' series "Clive Barker's Hellraiser" and the Vertigo miniseries "Faultlines". He created the artwork for the character Sarah in the film "" (1996). [Film credits via [ Bill Koeb] , [ Bill Koeb] and [ Turner Classic Movies: "The Crow: City of Angels] ]


One of four children, [ [ Bill Koeb official blog, "Memories of My Father", August 12, 2007] ] Bill Koeb grew up in California, where he attended elementary school in San Jose and high school in Livermore. [ MySpace: Bill Koeb] ] From 1985 to 1988, he attended but did not graduate from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, having majored in Illustration and studying under and being influenced by artist and teacher Barron Storey. [ [ "Words from Here" (column), by John Painz: "Bill Koeb" (May 2001)] ] Koeb spent 17 years in San Francisco as a freelance illustrator before moving to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he resides as of 2008. [ Koeb, "Welcome", May 11, 2007] ]

Koeb broke into comics painting the back cover of the satirical pro-choice comic book "Choices" (Angry Isis Press, 1990), alongside such fellow contributors as Garry Trudeau, Jules Feiffer, Cathy Guisewite, Nicole Hollander, Nina Paley, Lee Marrs, Bill Griffith, Howard Cruse and others.

He did the first of several painted stories and covers for the horror fiction anthology "Clive Barker's Hellraiser", from Marvel Comics' Epic Comics imprint, that same year, beginning with the 17-page story "The Pleasures of Deception", by Philip Nutman, in issue #2 (no date; 1990). In addition to the series, Koeb painted the 18-page story "For My Son", written by Frank Lovece, for "Clive Barker's Hellraiser Summer Special" #1 (1992). That story appears in Checker Publishing's "Clive Barker's Hellraiser: Collected Best, Volume 1" (ISBN 0-9710249-2-8), though with the last page inexplicably missing; the complete story appears in an authorized, free online version from web publisher Wowio. [ [ Wowio: "Hellraiser" Collection 06] ]

Other comics work includes pencil-and-ink art for writer Lee Marrs' six-issue miniseries "Faultlines" (May-Oct. 1997), published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint; and the cover and writer Alan Moore's eight-page story "The Hair of the Snake That Bit Me" in Caliber Press' "Negative Burn" #17 (1995), reprinted in the 1998 Caliber one-shot "Alan Moore's Songbook". Additionally, Koeb painted the cover and the 28-page story of Marvel/Epic's "Interface" #7 (Nov. 1990); drew the parody comic "Aesop's Desecrated Morals" #1 (Rip Off Press, 1993); and inked Tom Sutton on DC Comics' "The Hacker Files" #11-12 (June-July 1993)

In 2002, with the birth of his and his wife's son Gabriel, Koeb scaled back on illustration and earned a living primarily from teaching Photoshop and illustration classes at an art academy. [ Koeb, "Painting", May 17, 2007] ] In late 2006, he joined the Goodwill Community Foundation, doing artwork for a functional literacy program.


*"ReMemory The Art of Bill Koeb" (Cartouche Press/Steve Jackson Games, 2003) ISBN-10: 155634631X; ISBN-13: 978-1556346316



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* [ Grand Comics Database: Bill Koeb credits]

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* [ GCF The Everyday Life Project] (artwork)

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