David John Mazzucchelli (born September 21, 1960) is an American comic book writer/artist, known for his work on seminal superhero comic book storylines Daredevil: Born Again and Batman: Year One, as well as for graphic novels in other genres, such as Asterios Polyp and City of Glass: The Graphic Novel. He is also an instructor who teaches comic book storytelling at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
Mazzucchelli received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and started working in comics in the early 1980s, first at Marvel Comics where, after a few fill-in jobs, he became the regular artist on Daredevil. He worked with writer Denny O'Neil and culminated his work on this title with the Daredevil: Born Again story arc, written by Frank Miller.
Miller and Mazzucchelli collaborated again on the graphic novel Batman: Year One, serialized in issues 404-407 of DC Comics' monthly Batman title, and published in a single volume soon after that. Batman: Year One is considered one of the best Batman stories ever produced. Mazzucchelli had previously worked on Batman in a backup story in World's Finest Comics #302 (April 1984).
After Batman: Year One Mazzucchelli moved on to focus on more personal projects. He published three issues of his own independent anthology, Rubber Blanket, co-edited by his wife, painter Richmond Lewis, in which he began finding his voice as a writer in addition to exploring new avenues of visual expression. His evocative and haunting stories in Rubber Blanket, notably "Near Miss," "Dead Dog," "Discovering America," and "Big Man," set the stage for his work to come. With writer/artist Paul Karasik, he co-wrote and illustrated an adaptation of Paul Auster's City of Glass, published first by Avon Books in 1994, then by Picador in 2004 as City of Glass: The Graphic Novel. Auster's later book The Brooklyn Follies features a character with the name Nancy Mazzucchelli, an homage to David. He continued to write and draw short comics for various publishers up to the year 2000.
In 2009, Pantheon Books published Mazzucchelli's graphic novel, Asterios Polyp.
Mazzucchelli has also done illustrations for various publications, including interior pieces and covers for The New Yorker In 2011, an animated adaptation of Batman: Year One was released by Warner Home Video.
Mazzucchelli currently teaches a cartooning course for BFA students at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
- 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Graphic Novel Award
- Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellowship
- Morning Manga Fellowship
- New Jersey State Council on the Arts
- Erwin Swann Award, Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon
- 2012 HQ Mix Award for Foreign Artist (for Asterios Polyp)
- 2012 HQ Mix Award for Foreign Writer (for Asterios Polyp)
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