Chaz Truog: Myth or Menace?
Biographic info, etc.
"Shall I begin like David Copperfield, 'I am born'?"
Louis, (Brad Pitt) -Interview wth the Vampire (1994)
Forget about it. This 'biography' section
isn't going to be all that  detailed. Who
has the time? I'll leave that to future
biographers (If any!). A few stats, a few
pictures, and you'll have more info than
we have on Shakespeare, or that guy who
invented the wheel, what was his name?
He needed a better publicist.
Date of birth: 10 December, 1959, in
central Minnesota
Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree,
Southwest State University, Marshall
Minnesota (1982), Associates
Degree, Graphic Design, Art
Institutes International, Minnesota
A book that changed my life: Was it the Bible, or
James Joyce's "Ulysses", or "Catcher in the
Rye"? Try "Leonardo da Vinci", by Emily Hahn,
one of those 'biographies for young adults' you
find in high school libraries. It introduced me to
the great Renaissance painter, who has been a
huge influence on my work. I must have read it a
dozen times, and was greatly tempted to steal it
when I graduated. A few years ago I found a
pristine copy in an antique shop- needless to say
I snapped it up! My interest in Leonardo
culminated in a ten-issue mini-series for Vertigo
: "Chiaroscuro: the Private Lives of
Leonardo da Vinci", which I co-created with
writers Dave Rawson and Pat McGreal.
My published work includes:
"Coyote" for Marvel/Epic Comics
"Xmen", an "X-Men" parody, Milky Way Publishing
"Animal Man" for DC Comics
"Jurassic Park" for Topps Comics
"Chiaroscuro: The Private Lives of Leonardo da Vinci" for
Vertigo Comics
"Spiderman: Hide, Seek, and Destroy" (with Ken Steacy) for
Disney Publishing
"Geronimo: The Last Apache Warrior" Trade Paperback  from
Moonstone Publishing
"Chiaroscuro: The Private Lives of Leonardo da Vinci" Trade
Paperback from Vertigo Comics
"Coyote" Volumes 2-6, Trade Paperback from Image Comics
Left: A pose taken  from Leonardo's painting, "St John the Baptist", from 1992.
Right: "Leonardo's Dream", preliminary art for 'The Vertigo Gallery', from DC/Vertigo Comics.
Right: With Bradd
Mielke, creator of

, writer and
publisher of
and my best friend
from college, in April,
2005. Photo by
Cheryl Mielke.
Some of my favorite books include:
The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea by Mary Renault
Greek mythology without the fantasy elements.
I, Claudius and Claudius the God by Robert Graves Murder and
mayhem, politics as usual in Imperial Rome.
Julian by Gore Vidal The last Pagan emperor of Rome tries to stem
the rise of Christianity, and discovers that religion and politics don't mix...
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Also read the sequel,
The Man in the Iron Mask.
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice Anne Rice has never really
equaled this portrayal of her immortal hero. Easily the best of her
vampire novels.
Earth Abides by George Stewart A man isolated in the mountains for
a few weeks returns home to discover that nearly all of humanity has
been wiped out by a plague. A chilling look at ecology and civilization.
At the movies: I've appeared in a few
low budget indie films, including
Go to
(1999), and Planetfall (2005).
Check out
Go to Hell on Netflix.
Some of my favorite movies:
Planet of the Apes (1968) Charlton Heston, Roddy
McDowall, Kim Hunter
- A classic!
Amadeus (1984) F Murray Abraham-
This was my introduction to Mozart.
The Three Musketeers (1973) & The Four
Musketeers (1974)
Michael York, Oliver Reed,
Raquel Welch, Charlton Heston
- A classic story done
with humor and slapstick, and lots of sword-fighting!
Ben-Hur (1959) Charlton Heston- The chariot race
still blows me away, also check out the silent version.
Gladiator (2000) Russel Crowe- great story, lots of
action, amazing visual effects.
Jason and the Agronauts (1963) Ray Harryhausen's
most memorable animation.
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Mark Hamil,
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher-
The best "Star Wars"
film to date.
Revenge of the Sith is my second favotite.
Interview with the Vampire (1994) Tom Cruise,
Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst-
"I want some more!" A lavish
meditation on the nature of good and evil.
That about wraps up the biographical section for
now. I'm aware in writing this of how
"un-Minnesotan" it is to writing about yourself, the
prevailing attitude being "never toot your own
horn", "be humble", "people will think you have a
big ego", etc. People often equate 'ego' with
'arrogance'. Unfortunately, in the arts, people with
small egos don't get anywhere, and self promotion is
essential. Arrogance, however, is inexcusable, but
often tolerated (Not by me, and hopefully not by
you, Gentle Reader!).  With that in mind, check out
the rest of the site, surely the Greatest Site on the
Web! (Ha! Gotcha. Just kidding. I'm off to the gym.)
Artistic influences
In comics:
Frank Thorne, John Buscema, Milo
Manara, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, Adam
Hughs, Rudy Nebres
In painting:
Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, N C Wyeth,  
Deigo Velasquez
In sculpture:
Rodin, Bernini, Michelangelo, the ancient
The view looking southwest from our farm.
Above: the house I grew up in,
built by my grandfather, August
Truog, in 1919.
As a space Marine in Planetfall.
Except where noted, photos by Chaz
Chaz Truog, May 2010