Joshua Dysart (born June 21, 1971) is an Eisner Award nominated American comic book writer known for dark themes, humanist horror and a fascination with the roots of violence. He has done work for DC, Vertigo, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, Penny-Farthing Press, Virgin Comics and Random House. Dysart co-created and wrote Violent Messiahs in 1997. The first eight issues were collected in the graphic novel, Violent Messiahs Vol. I: Book of Job in 2002 and was nominated for the Harvey Award, the Wizard Fan Award, and the Eisner's Russ Manning Award.
More work steadily followed, including a two-year stint as the monthly writer of Swamp Thing, writing issues #9–29 of the fourth series. His run featured the art of Enrique Breccia and Richard Corben (among others) on interiors and John Totleben and Eric Powell on covers. Dysart has also worked on Conan.
He is currently writing a revamp of The Unknown Soldier for Vertigo. The series was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best New Series in 2009.
At the 2007 Comic-Con International: San Diego it was announced that he would be creating a graphic novel based on Neil Young's 2003 album Greendale. Cliff Chiang is currently drawing the book which is expected to drop sometime in mid-2010.
Dysart has become extensively involved in multi-media crossovers. He authored the one-shot Van Helsing: Beneath the Rue Morgue (an original story featuring the character from the Universal film) and penned Skull & Bones: A Monster House Story, which was tied into the Sony animated children's Monster House. He's also had his comic books included in the packaging for both the Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures MMO from Funcom. He has written a two volume 270 page graphic novel for Avril Lavigne entitled Make 5 Wishes which was published by Del Rey Manga and Random House.
Together with Mike Mignola, Dysart is the Co-Writer for;
- They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships
- 1946 #1-5
- "Bishop Olek's Devil"
- "And What Shall I Find There"
- 1947 #1-5
- ↑ Eisner Nominations Spotlight Newcomers
- ↑ New York Times: Morphing Neil Young for the Stage and Page