Elaine Lee is an EMMY-nominated actor and playwright, as well as a critically acclaimed creator and writer for comic books and animation. In her twenties, while working an actor working in television and theatre in New York City, Elaine co-founded and was artistic director of Wild Hair Productions, a theatre company producing original plays and comedy sketches. Following Wild Hair’s productions of Brief Cases and Contamination of the Kokomo Lounge, both co-written by Lee, the company’s third production was Starstruck, a science fiction comedy developed deliberately with an element missing from the entertainment landscape: tough female characters. With renowned fantasy artist Michael Wm. Kaluta, Lee turned Starstruck into a comic series, published first by Heavy Metal, then by Marvel/Epic, Dark Horse, and most recently (in 2011) as the collected Starstruck Deluxe Edition from IDW Publishing.
A writer of comics, animation, games, non-fiction, and audio plays, Elaine has created a number of original comics series: Vamps for DC/Vertigo, BrainBanx for DC/Helix, The Transmutation of Ike Garuda for Marvel/Epic, and Skin Tight Orbit for NBM. She has also served as writer on titles for DC Comics (Ragman), Marvel (Prince Valiant, The Steeltown Rockers, Saint Sinner) and Dark Horse (Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny). Her short SF stories have appeared in Heavy Metal, Epic Illustrated, Taboo and Charles Vess’ “Ballads and Sagas.” She also developed and served as head writer for the animated series Stevie Stardust (Stardust Entertainment/Hallmark Entertainment), and with her sister Susan Norfleet, she wrote teleplays for the animated series Troll Tales and the humorous “self-help” book, Porch Dogs: The Unmuzzled Truth About Men and Our Relationships with Them (under the name Georgia Sullivan).
For Moonstone Publishing, Elaine recently penned the comic book miniseries, Honey West: Murder on Mars, based on the classic noir novels by G.G. Fickling. The audio adaptation of the series will be released by The AudioComics Company in May, 2012. Elaine’s prose story “Mischief” appears in Moonstone’s anthology about female super heroes, Chicks in Capes. In June of 2011, Elaine she was artist-in-residence at the National Audio Theatre Festivals’ 2011 Audio Theatre Workshop: the NATF commissioned her original sci-fi comedy TransMars Tango, featuring original music by Dwight Frizzell, which was presented before a live audience starring famed audio book narrator Robin Miles and comedy legend Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theatre.
Elaine is, as of May 10, 2012, a regular contributor to the Huffington Post; her column focuses on creator-owned books and creator rights in the comics publishing arena.
AUDIOCOMICS COMPANY CREDITS:
Writer/Adaptor: Starstruck (2010), Honey West: Murder on Mars; (forthcoming, 2012)
Art Director: Starstruck; The Batsons: The Trouble with Fang!; The Batsons: Carmilla’s Crush; Honey West: Murder on Mars; Titianium Rain Vol. 1; The Green Lama and The Curse of Liberty Island; The Domino Lady: All’s Fair in War
Co-Producer on all AudioComics Company productions (except Horrorscopes)
And see Elaine’s comics blog on the Huffington Post!
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