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Ben Templesmith
Will draw for coffee

A somewhat mad Aussie artist known for his eerie, vivid style, dark humour and using a mixture of digital and traditional media in most of his work.

His first commercial work was on a Spawn spin off, but the comic that really elevated him into the limelight was Thirty Days of Night with Steve Niles. Since then he has illustrated a large amount of comics for IDW Publishing such as a Dead Space prequel comic and issues of Doctor Who and G.I. Joe, IDW also publish Templesmith’s own comics such as Welcome to Hoxford, about a Sociopathic Hero who ends up in a extreme security prison that is actually a front for a pack of Werewolves and Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, his ongoing series about a cadaver possessing, beer loving, demon worm and his gaggle of weird acquaintances.

In 2013, he joined forces with J. Michael Straczynski on a new series called Ten Grand, but Straczynski became concerned when Templesmith either would not or could not be reached for comment or updates on the work, and decided to replace Templesmith after issue #4. A few days later Ben finally resurfaced, stating that he had been overwhelmed by personal issues and "a rather catastrophic move to Chicago where a bunch of my stuff is missing and I got other people's things". He apologized for his absence, saying that "I wish JMS & Ten Grand well but I think I'm incapable of monthlies in general, certainly on top of a lot of the other stuff going on, so everything seized up a bit & I collapsed in a heap so to speak as the snowball of lots of things not going as planned. & that's my issue, no one elses. I'm sure the book will still be fantastic, just without me."

His blog can be found here
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