Frank Miller is a prolific American comic book artist and writer whose works have had a profound impact on the comic industry. He is best known for his dark, often fantastical, stories that deal with themes of violence, death, destruction, and the “pointlessness of life and being” (Answers.com). The culmination of work created throughout his legendary career has been able to transcend comic books and become a part of popular culture. Miller was born in Olney, Maryland on January 27, 1957, but moved to Montpelier, Vermont as a small child. Though little is publicly known about his family and personal life, Miller revealed that he had six brothers and sisters growing up (George 72). His parents valued discipline and hard work. Mrs. Miller, a nurse, rarely slept between working the night shift and raising a full house. Miller lived with his middle-class family in Vermont, which he has described as a “woodsy situation,” until he was 20, but never felt like he belonged (George 15). Shy and miserable in the country, Miller became a self-proclaimed comic-book junkie who craved fantasy. He took a job as a receptionist at an art gallery featuring the work of Thomas Wood, but claims it had no influence on his artistic life. He would later admit, though, that he explored other artists and approaches and tried to absorb those styles (George 16). Soon, Miller became fascinated with the New York he saw on television and in comics, and decided he would set off to become a comic artist. His perceptions changed when he arrived in Queens alone with no money, but he eventually “fell in love with the city in different ways” (George 15). As he produced more work, Miller earned enough to overcome poverty and quickly began his rise to comic stardom. In 1983, Miller met Lynn Varley, who was chosen as the colorist for his first original graphic novel, ‘Ronin.’ Frank and Lynn eventually married and continued to collaborate on several award-winning projects...
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