We'll call this my comics timeline.
For the past thirty years or so (more than that now -- where do the decades go?) I've written, and occasionally drawn, comic books. Let's see how well my old man memory can do in listing them in order. Kindly consider this a work in progress.
Some of the listings deserve more detail than I should include here, so click on the handy sub-categories over to the right to truly wallow in the information. But now, on to the timeline:
1981: D&D comic strip ads in the back of Marvel Comics and Epic Illustrated magazine. Most consider these silly strips my first published comic book work. I don't. They're ads, but they were in comic format, so there you go. I drew the ones in the comics and both drew and wrote the ones in the Epic magazines. All told there were about a dozen of them, more or less.
1982 or was it 83?: I drew, but didn't write, two backup stories in First Comic's WARP series. My two stories involved Valeria the Insect Queen and were (as far as I'm concerned) my first published comic book work. I went on to draw more backup stories in the series and once even a full fill-in issue.
1983: Elementals. First there was the 20 page backup story in Justice Machine Annual # 1, published by Texas Comics, followed by the continuing Elementals series, published by Comico (which was pronounced Coh-MEE-Coh, because they wanted it to sound vaguely Japanese, rather than COMIC-Oh, which is how most thought it was pronounced). Click on the Elementals tab over there for more information.
1983 - on: I drew various backup stories, inventory issues, and fill-in issues for DC Comics. This is while the Elementals series was still going on. I drew a couple of backups in Batman and the Outsiders, some issues of Green Lantern, and some Justice League Annuals. Later I was asked to draw the infamous Green Lantern # 48, the beginning of the Emerald Twilight saga, because someone else was going to draw it but failed to do so. I was called in to do an eleventh hour save. Believe it or not, there was a time when I was fast enough to bail out a late book. Those days are long past. Now (when I draw at all) other, faster artists are called in to bail me out.
In 1991 I illustrated a series of six covers for Steve Sullivan's Time Wankers adult comic series. This was for Eros Comix.
Also in 1991, the Eros covers gig seduced me into the dark side, which led to writing, illustrating, lettering (and everything elsing) an eleven issue adult (meaning dirty) series called Ironwood. It was ever only going to be eleven issues, which amused me because twelve issues was the standard and the odd number made lots of folks uncomfortable. Click on the button over there for more information on Ironwood.
In 1996 and 7, for Fantagraphics I wrote and drew Coventry, for which only three issues were ever produced. The reasons why it ended are legion and hardly worth repeating. There's going to be more information on Coventry, but we forgot to put one of those buttons over there. We'll get on that.
In 1997 I wrote and drew small stories in the anthology series called Mythography, which is a splendid name for a comic book I wish I'd thought of (or could get away with stealing). I believe my stories appeared in issues 2 and 4.
In 1998 and 1999, for Lone Star Press, I wrote a 13 issue superhero series called Pantheon, illustrated by Mike Leeke among others. I think there were one or two Pantheon specials done as well.
In 1999, for Vertigo, I wrote and drew a ten page story for the Flinch anthology comic. The story is called It Takes a Village and I still (mostly) like how it came out.
In the same year, also for Vertigo, I started writing and drawing, but then ending up only writing -- because, as revealed above, I'd grown too damn slow in my art -- a six issue series called Proposition Player. It was supposed to be an ongoing, but the sales just weren't there, so we wrapped it up (with the same ending I was hoping to put off for years) in six issues.
In 2000 and 2001, I wrote a lot of Sandman tie-in or spinoff books, including The Further Adventures of Danny Nod and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dreams But Where Afraid to Ask.
In 2002 I wrote a four issue limited series for Vertigo (that this time was intended to be a limited series all along) called The Thessaliad. Everyone hated the name but me.
In 2002 I also started the series Fables, with Vertigo, which went on for 150 issues, another 50 issues of the Jack of Fables spinoff, a Fairest spinoff and various other special issues and original graphic novels. It finally all ended in 2015. Click over there for more information on all things Fables.
In 2003 I wrote a single issue story for Marvel Comic's X-Men Unlimited (#49). Its title was Mustang Sally (because it involved a little girl named Sally who was lost in the Mustang Cave system and needed rescue). It featured Nightcrawler at his swashbuckling best. However, for reasons unknown to me the story title was left off and so I'm one of very few people who know what it was. Too bad, that, as I thought it was a clever title, considering.
In 2003 I wrote a single issue story for DC's Legends of the Dark Knight series (#168). It was about Batman but didn't feature Batman, until the last page.
Beginning in 2004 I wrote the Robin comic series for DC. My run started at issue 121 and went to issue 147.
Also in 2004, for Vertigo, I wrote a sequel to the Thessaliad. This was another four issues called Thessaly: Witch for Hire.
Also in 2004 we had that big crossover of all the DC Bat books called War Games. I was one of the perpetrators of that big event. The thing I recall most fondly from this crossover is we took our planning meetings off-site from DC proper. Instead we went over to the Warner TV offices, taking over their conference room. It was done in much secrecy, so I was able to convince the charming receptionist that we were secretly planning the Tango and Cash TV series.
In 2005 I wrote the Day of Vengeance mini series for DC. I was handed the title and many of the plot points which needed including, but left mostly alone to come up with any sort of casserole I could make from those required ingredients. This led to the Shadowpact series.
In 2006 and 7, for DC, I wrote Shadowpact, the magical superhero team formed in Day of Vengeance. It lasted 16 issues and was cancelled due to low sales.
From 2008 to 2011 I wrote many of the insert short stories in the ongoing Vertigo comic series House of Mystery. Matt Sturges wrote the series which featured additional stories embedded within the main storyline. Because my contributions were short short stories, I was able to work with a number of comic artists that were heroes to me, including Bernie Wrightson and Richard Corbin.
In 2010 I wrote the ongoing Angel comic series for IDW. Its first story arc under my pen was called Immortality for Dummies, followed by an arc for which I wrote the first few issues. It was called The Crown Prince Syndrome.
In 2011 I wrote a four issue mini series for Marvel Comics. It featured the Warriors Three who were regular characters in the Thor series. Its title was Dog Day Afternoon and showed how the three first met, over a drunken bet over who of them was brave enough to pet the giant wolf Fenris.
In 2013, or perhaps early 14, I wrote and drew a story for David Petersen's Legends of the Mouse Guard, vol 2. My pal Brad Thomte did the lettering and coloring.
Also in 2013 and 14 I wrote a seven issue mini series for Dynamite called Legenderry (not a typo) which introduced new steampunk versions of many old and beloved heroes and set them in their own fictional world called... (most of you have already guessed)... Legenderry.