Noah Van Sciver


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Noah Van Sciver

Van Sciver began producing his one-man anthology Blammo in 2006, originally just leaving them in stacks at coffee shops in the Denver area. After four issues, he handed publishing duties over to Kilgore Books & Comics, an independent comic and bookshop in Denver. To date he has put out ten and a half issues of Blammo.

His short story “Abby’s Road,” which originally appeared in Blammo #6, was selected for the Best American Comics 2012 anthology.

In 2007 he launched the weekly strip 4 Questions in Denver’s alternative weekly, Westword. He completed the run in 2015, when he left for the Center for Cartoon Studies.

Since December 2011, Van Sciver’s work has appeared in Mad magazine, and has been featured inThe Comics Journal, Mome, and Mineshaft.

In October 2012, Fantagraphics Books published The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, a narrative biography of Abraham Lincoln that spans the years 1837-1842. The Hypo, Van Sciver’s first full length graphic novel, earned positive critical praise, and made it onto several “best-of” lists for 2012, including MTV Geek (#3),Boing Boing (tied #3), Publisher’s Weekly Critic’s Poll (#4), and was ranked as one of the Best Graphic Novels of 2012 by the Library Journal.

In 2015, Fantagraphics released two Van Sciver graphic novels, St. Cole and Fante Bukowski. The same year, Kilgore Books released Van Sciver’s autobiographical mini comic My Hot Date, which won the ‘Best Story’ Ignatz Award at the Small Press Expo.

In addition to his Ignatz win, Noah had been nominated for the award seven times.