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Evan Skolnick is a writer, editor and producer who has created content in a wide variety of media including newspapers, magazines, comic books, books, websites, CD-ROMs, computer games and video games. He is probably best known as a former Marvel Comics editor and writer due to his involvement in prominent series such as Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider 2099 and New Warriors. He is currently a Producer and Editorial Director for Vicarious Visions, a division of Activision. It has been suggested that Felicia (pseudonym) be merged into this article or section. ... Doctor Strange is a fictional comic-book sorcerer and superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Marvel 2099 is a Marvel Comics imprint, begun in 1993, that explores one possible future of the Marvel Universe. ... The New Warriors are a Marvel Comics superhero team, traditionally consisting of teenaged and young adult heroes. ... Vicarious Visions is a video game developer. ... Activision, Inc. ...

Cover to New Warriors Volume I #75, the double-sized finale to the series' run. Pencils by Patrick Zircher.
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Cover to New Warriors Volume I #75, the double-sized finale to the series' run. Pencils by Patrick Zircher.

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Biography

Early Years

Skolnick was born in 1966 in Hartford, Connecticut and grew up in several suburbs east of the city. From an early age his interest in both writing and art was apparent, and when he was 15 he began publication of Phantasy Magazine, a small fanzine devoted to the then-wildly popular Dungeons & Dragons “paper and dice” role-playing games. The magazine’s popularity grew to the point that two local Connecticut newspapers, the Hartford Courant and the Journal Inquirer, ran stories profiling the teenaged magazine publisher. Flag Seal Nickname: The Insurance Capital of the World, New Englands Rising Star Location Location in Hartford County, Connecticut Coordinates , Government Counties Hartford County Mayor Eddie Perez Geographical characteristics Area     City 18. ... For other uses, see Dungeons & Dragons (disambiguation). ... The Hartford Courant is Connecticuts largest daily newspaper, and the only morning newspaper for most of the state north of New Haven and east of Waterbury. ...


College

When attending college at the University of Connecticut, Skolnick initially enrolled as a journalism major but, not wanting to be pigeonholed, decided to split his education across his multiple interests. He took advantage of the university’s progressive “individualized major” program and was approved for a major entitled English/Journalism/Graphic Design. University of Connecticut The University of Connecticut, commonly known as UConn, is the State of Connecticuts land-grant university. ... Journalism is a discipline of collecting, analyzing, verifying, and presenting information gathered regarding current events, including trends, issues and people. ...


As if to foreshadow things to come, Skolnick juggled academics with the creation of his daily comic strip called "Askew", which ran 5 days a week in UConn's Daily Campus newspaper for three semesters.


After completing his studies and several internships with the Hartford Advocate weekly newspapers, he graduated in 1988. He then took a job as a reporter at a local newspaper, while regularly visiting New York City in search of a career position at a magazine or – as a pipe dream – Marvel Comics. The Hartford Advocate is a alternative newspaper that is published weekly in Hartford, Connecticut and serves mainly the Greater Hartford area. ... It has been suggested that Felicia (pseudonym) be merged into this article or section. ...


Marvel Comics

In December of 1989 Skolnick was hired by Marvel Comics as an Editorial Assistant. Within 6 months he had been promoted to Assistant Editor, and over the course of the next several years worked with a succession of Marvel editors including Gregory Wright, Sid Jacobson, and ultimately Fabian Nicieza, on a wide variety of properties ranging from RoboCop to Barbie to Bill & Ted to Wonder Man. All the while Skolnick was doggedly pitching various series concepts, including an infamously over-pitched Turbo limited series proposal. He was continually shot down and told to focus on pitching fill-in stories for existing series, but his driving interest at the time was the creation of new series, or pitching to write for major new planned publications. It has been suggested that Felicia (pseudonym) be merged into this article or section. ... Gregory A. Wright is an astrophysicist and independent consultant with Antiope Associates. ... Fabian Nicieza (December 31 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, - ) is an American comic book writer. ... RoboCop is a 1987 science fiction action movie, directed by Paul Verhoeven. ... Barbie, the worlds most well-known and best-selling doll, debuted at the American International Toy Fair on March 9, 1959. ... Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure (1989) is a comedy/science fiction film based on the idea of time travel. ... This article is on the Marvel Comics character. ... Turbo (real name Michiko Mickey Musashi) is a fictional character and comic book superheroine in the Marvel Comics universe, debuting in New Warriors #28 Character biography Originally, the Turbo suit was created by the Dire Wraiths in their attempts to duplicate the Spaceknights armors. ...


Eventually Skolnick heeded the advice of his superiors at Marvel and began to pitch and land small writing jobs on existing series, such as Iron Man, RoboCop, and NFL SuperPro. This semi-regular writing work seemed to culminate when Skolnick was selected to be the regular writer of the Terminator 2 monthly series, timed to premiere with the release of the highly-anticipated film in 1991. Skolnick’s proposal for the monthly series was very popular within Marvel’s editorial ranks, and a talented but then-little-known penciler named Joe Quesada was slated to be the regular penciler. However the pitch's core concept conflicted with the plans of the owners of the T2 license, Lightstorm Entertainment, and a deadlock between the two companies over creative issues prevented the series from ever seeing the light of day. Iron Man (Anthony Tony Stark) is a fictional superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. ... RoboCop is a 1987 science fiction action movie, directed by Paul Verhoeven. ... Terminator 2: Judgment Day (commonly abbreviated T2) is a 1991 movie directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Robert Patrick. ... Joseph Joe Quesada (born December 1, 1962 in New York City), colloquially known as Joey Q, is the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics and a comic book writer and artist. ...


Deflated but not defeated, Skolnick continued to grind away, honing his editorial and story-pitching skills under the mentorship of Nicieza, writing several prominent annuals for series such as Excalibur and Deathlok, and ultimately landing the regular writing gig on New Warriors, which Nicieza had decided to resign as of issue #53. Excalibur is a Marvel Comics superhero group, an offshoot of the X-Men, usually based in the United Kingdom. ... Deathlok (sometimes also referred to as The Demolisher) is a Marvel Comics character, a cyborg, created by Rich Buckler and Doug Moench. ... The New Warriors are a Marvel Comics superhero team, traditionally consisting of teenaged and young adult heroes. ...

Cover to Ghost Rider 2099 #1, edited by Skolnick. Art by Chris Bachalo.
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Cover to Ghost Rider 2099 #1, edited by Skolnick. Art by Chris Bachalo.

Meanwhile, Skolnick’s editorial abilities had not gone unnoticed, and in 1992 he was promoted to Associate Editor under group editor Bobbie Chase, charged with revitalizing the Dr. Strange monthly series and launching Ghost Rider 2099. Under his guidance, both titles were critically lauded and experienced relatively strong sales, taking into account the general sagging of the comic book market at that time. He also presided over the revamp of Marvel Year in Review (’92 and ’93 editions), changing the sedate Marvel-Universe-based news magazine into a scathingly satirical publication that few could believe actually made it to print. Marvel 2099 is a Marvel Comics imprint, begun in 1993, that explores one possible future of the Marvel Universe. ... Cover to Steampunk #8 (2001) by Bachalo Chris Bachalo (born 1965) is an American comic book illustrator known for his quirky, cartoon-like style. ... Doctor Strange is a sorcerer, featured in Marvel Comics. ... Marvel 2099 is a Marvel Comics imprint, begun in 1993, that explores one possible future of the Marvel Universe. ...


However, financial and political pressures forced Skolnick (and many others) to leave Marvel in 1995 as part of the first of a series of downsizings experienced by the leading comic book publisher. He persevered as a freelance writer for Marvel afterward, continuing to write New Warriors and assorted Spider-Man-related one-shots and fill-in stories. With the continually imploding comic books market, however, New Warriors was cancelled and Skolnick soon found himself with less and less writing work from Marvel. He picked up several jobs from Archie Comics but it seemed possible that his career in comic books might be ending. The New Warriors are a Marvel Comics superhero team, traditionally consisting of teenaged and young adult heroes. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... The New Warriors are a Marvel Comics superhero team, traditionally consisting of teenaged and young adult heroes. ... Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenagers Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, and Forsythe Jughead Jones. ...


Acclaim Comics

Into this difficult time arrived Skolnick’s mentor and friend, Fabian Nicieza, who had just been named Senior Vice President and Editor in Chief of Acclaim Comics. Nicieza hired Skolnick to be his right-hand man at the new Acclaim Comics, assigning him the title of Senior Editor and charging him with the successful launching of the high-risk Acclaim Young Readers program. The concept was to create new comic book content with high-profile licenses and package them like young reader storybooks, to be marketed and sold not in Direct Market comic book stores but in bookstores. Fabian Nicieza (December 31 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, - ) is an American comic book writer. ... Valiant Comics was a comic book publishing company founded by former Marvel Comics editor Jim Shooter and writer/artist Bob Layton in 1989. ...


While the launching of the massive amount of licensed content from Disney and Fox/Saban was a creative success, marketing and distribution were poorly executed and initial sales proved disappointing. The costly program was cancelled by Acclaim within several months of first publication. Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... A Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) A fox is a member of any of 27 species of small omnivorous canids. ... The Saban Saturn logo from 1984 to 1988. ...

Cover to WWF War Zone Official Strategy Guide, edited by Skolnick while at Acclaim.
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Cover to WWF War Zone Official Strategy Guide, edited by Skolnick while at Acclaim.

Skolnick moved into overseeing much of the Valiant Heroes line of super hero comics, while directly editing and revamping X-O Manowar. While the Valiant Heroes series were critically well-received and enjoyed enthusiastic cult followings, they were never competitive from a sales perspective with Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics or Dark Horse Comics, and were not profitable for parent company Acclaim Entertainment. Eventually Acclaim decided to cut their losses, reducing the Acclaim Comics staff to a skeleton crew and relocating them from their headquarters in Manhattan to Acclaim’s central office in Glen Cove, Long Island. Nicieza left the company shortly after this move, while Skolnick stayed on for less than a year as Creative Director, overseeing development of some comic books but mostly strategy guides based on Acclaim video games. He left Acclaim over a dispute concerning a comic book creator who was denied credit in one of the company’s video games. The cover for X-O Manowar #0 by Joe Quesada // Overview X-O Manowar #1 by VALIANT comics X-O Manowar is the popular comic book character from Valiant Comics. ... It has been suggested that Felicia (pseudonym) be merged into this article or section. ... DC Comics (originally called Detective Comics, Inc. ... Image Comics is the third or fourth largest American comic book publisher. ... Dark Horse Comics is an American comic book publisher, one of the largest independent publishers behind dominant publishers Marvel Comics and DC Comics. ... Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. ...


Interactive Development

Disillusioned with the continually eroding comic book market, Skolnick decided to apply his years of creative project management to the rapidly growing field of CD-ROM and website development. After “getting his feet wet” for a year at a New Jersey interactive agency for clients such as ADP and Paine Webber, Skolnick was hired in 1999 by NYC-based CyberAction Inc., a developer of “digital trading cards” delivered via CD-ROM and the Web. The concept was unique and major licenses such as Star Trek and Major League Baseball made for interesting content. But when the Internet bubble burst in 2001, CyberAction lost its funding and Skolnick was forced to once again look for a new challenge. He found it, in the video game business. The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ... Paine Webber and Company was an American stock brokerage firm founded in 1880 in Boston, Massachusetts by William Albert Paine and Wallace G. Webber. ... The first season DVD box set of the original Star Trek television series from 1966. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... Dot-com (also dotcom or redundantly dot. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ...


Video Games

Skolnick was hired in 2001 as Senior Producer at Hyperspace Cowgirls, a small interactive studio based in Manhattan that was transitioning from developing websites and CD-ROMs to developing video games. Here he learned more about video game development and oversaw production on THQ titles such as Britney’s Dance Beat for PC, Stuart Little 2 for PC, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron for Game Boy Advance. A website, Web site or WWW site (often shortened to just site) is a collection of webpages, that is, HTML/XHTML documents accessible via HTTP on the Internet; all publicly accessible websites in existence comprise the World Wide Web. ... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... Stuart Little 2 film poster Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 film, directed by Rob Minkoff. ... The Game Boy Advance (often shortened to GBA) is a handheld video game console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. ...


Unfortunately a combination of inexperience, poor cash flow controls and a lack of bridge funding doomed Hyperspace Cowgirls in 2002, and Skolnick moved upstate to work as a Producer for prominent video game developer Vicarious Visions, where he remains today. In addition to managing the development of titles such as Crash Bandicoot Purple, Shrek 2: Beg for Mercy!, Ultimate Spider-Man GBA, and Over the Hedge DS, Skolnick also serves as VV’s Editorial Director, providing writing and editing guidance across all of the company’s titles. In 2006 he lectured at the [Game Developers Conference] on writing concise, effective dialogue for video games. Vicarious Visions is a video game developer. ... It has been suggested that Lab Assistants (Crash Bandicoot) be merged into this article or section. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Ultimate Spider-Man is a superhero comic book series published by Marvel Comics. ... This article is about the comic strip, for the movie, visit this page: Over the Hedge (2006 film) Over The Hedge is a syndicated comic strip written and drawn by Michael Fry and T. Lewis. ...


Skolnick lives in upstate New York with his wife and two sons.


Trivia

  • Skolnick’s behind-the-scenes trials and tribulations in trying to get a Turbo mini-series published at Marvel Comics were described in painful detail in a letters column in New Warriors Vol. 1 #73, the very issue in which one of the Turbo characters is killed.
  • Skolnick, along with several other Marvel staff members, regularly posed as Spider-Man and made “surprise” appearances during the weekly tours of Marvel Comics. The tours were mostly attended by children whom Skolnick believed would feel cheated without seeing at least one super hero during their visit.
  • In addition to writing and editing for Marvel, Skolnick was a colorist as well, occasionally coloring stories he had written and often coloring the covers of comic titles he edited.
  • Skolnick had several dalliances with the video game business well before entering it headlong. At Marvel, he was the managing editor of the Double Dragon limited series, based on the popular arcade game. At Acclaim, he wrote for and edited several video game strategy guides. And at Archie Comics he plotted a back-up story starring Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Skolnick may hold the distinction of being the only former Marvel Comics editor to produce a Marvel video game (Ultimate Spider-Man for Game Boy Advance).

Turbo (real name Michiko Mickey Musashi) is a fictional character and comic book superheroine in the Marvel Comics universe, debuting in New Warriors #28 Character biography Originally, the Turbo suit was created by the Dire Wraiths in their attempts to duplicate the Spaceknights armors. ... It has been suggested that Felicia (pseudonym) be merged into this article or section. ... The New Warriors are a Marvel Comics superhero team, traditionally consisting of teenaged and young adult heroes. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... Double Dragon title screen (arcade). ... Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenagers Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, and Forsythe Jughead Jones. ... Sonic the Hedgehog is the mascot character of the video game company Sega. ... It has been suggested that Felicia (pseudonym) be merged into this article or section. ... Ultimate Spider-Man is a superhero comic book series published by Marvel Comics. ...

External links

  • Listing of Spider-Man-related comic books written by Skolnick
  • Vicarious Visions
  • Skolnick's presentation at the 2006 Game Developers Conference (audio download available)

 
 

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