Steven Murray (born December 21, 1975), known professionally as Chip Zdarsky, is a Canadian writer, illustrator, and journalist.
Zdarsky is best known for co-creating the Image Comics series Sex Criminals with writer Matt Fraction. For a long time, he tried to keep "Steven" and "Chip" as separate personas, with the former being a professional journalist, and the latter a self-described "idiot who doesnt know" what he's doing. Now that most, if not all, of his fans are in the know, he will respond openly to being called Steven, though he still acts a bit goofy when being "Chip".
In 2015, Zdarsky began focusing more on writing comics (as opposed to drawing them), by relaunching Howard the Duck for Marvel Comics, which lasted for two volumes spread over a year. He then followed that series up with runs on Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man and Marvel Two-in-One, both launching as part of the Marvel Legacy era. During this time, he also wrote Jughead for the rebooted Archie Comics line, as well as the creator-owned sci-fi romp Kaptara for Image.
- Sex Criminals (2013 — present)
- Jughead (2015 — 2016)
- Howard the Duck vols. 3 & 4 (2015 — 2016)
- Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017 — 2018)
- Marvel Two-in-One vol. 2 (2017 — 2018)
- Spider-Man: Life Story (2019) note
- Daredevil vol. 6 (2019)
Chip Zdarsky (and his work) contain examples of:
- "Awesome McCool" Name: His professional handle, which was based on his online username for Warren Ellis' forums. Since those forums were legendary for its networking of future talent, Murray became renowned as Zdarsky and that became his trade name.
- Doing It for the Art: Both Zdarsky and Fraction have been very open about the fact that they figured Sex Criminals would be a labor of love, and were surprised by how popular it became.
- Signature Style:
- A very goofy, surreal writing style (especially on Howard The Duck), and intentionally bad puns, with a secretly poignant, sentimental side at times.
- As an artist and illustrator, he is known for being minimalist and stylized, best seen in his covers for his own series Spider-Man: Life Story (though the interior art is by Mark Bagley).