More About the Author
In 1959 Tom Veitch entered Columbia College in New York City and wrote his first novel (no longer extant) in 1962. From 1963 to 1965 he was an active participant in the literary scene on New York's Lower East Side. His first published work, LITERARY DAYS, appeared from Ted Berrigan's C Press in 1964. From 1965 to 1968 Tom was a cloistered Benedictine monk in Weston, Vermont. In 1968 he moved to San Francisco, where he wrote another novel, THE LUIS ARMED STORY. (The Luis Armed Story was published in Cologne -- in German translation -- in 1970.) Since 1968 Tom has written six novels, two screenplays, edited his own magazine (Tom Veitch Magazine), been a printer and bookseller, and made a living creating underground comic books with artist Greg Irons. In 1973 Tom received The Big Table Award for Poetry for his book DEATH COLLEGE AND OTHER POEMS. His work has appeared in many magazines, anthologies, and small press pamphlets. Novels published in English include EAT THIS! (Angel Hair Books, 1972), THE LUIS ARMED STORY (Full Court Press, 1978), and ANTLERS IN THE TREETOPS (with Ron Padgett, Coach House Press, 1970).
In the 1980's Tom turned to writing creator-owned comic books for DC Comics and Marvel/Epic Comics. Titles include THE LIGHT AND DARKNESS WAR (with artist Cam Kennedy), THE NAZZ (with artist Bryan Talbot), CLASH! (with artist Adam Kubert), and MY NAME IS CHAOS (with artist John Ridgway). He also wrote series using DC's own characters, including ANIMAL MAN and KAMANDI, as well as SUPERMAN. In the early 1990s Tom and Cam Kennedy were invited by George Lucas to revive Star Wars comics. Their award-winning series STAR WARS: DARK EMPIRE, has gone through many editions and helped pave the way for the Star Wars renaissance at Dark Horse Comics. Tom originated the TALES OF THE JEDI series at Dark Horse, including stories that take place 4000 years before the time period of the Star Wars films.