Cristopher James Priest is a critically-acclaimed novelist and Eisner Award-nominated comic book writer. Priest is the first African-American writer and editor to work in the comic book industry, with over 40 years of writing, editing, and publishing experience. His groundbreaking reinterpretation of Marvel Comics’ Black Panther was lauded by Entertainment Weekly and The Village Voice and became the platform for the Oscar®-winning 2018 blockbuster major motion picture. Static Shock, which Priest co-created with Milestone Media, Inc., was the first nationally syndicated African-American super-hero animated series, and the first act of 2005’s Batman Begins was largely based upon Priest’s Batman comic book work, as was the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War and the 2018 major motion picture release Avengers: Infinity War. Quantum & Woody, which Priest co-created with artist M.D. Bright, is currently being developed for television. Priest has also written and recorded numerous songs, served as producer and sideman for various bands and choirs, and has developed numerous properties for Hollywood including projects with former BET President (and Milestone Media principal) Reginald Hudlin (producer of Django Unchained), Hamm & Kitchens, Inc. (Tim Burton Batman films), Edward R. Pressman Productions Inc., and Eddie Murphy Productions. He formerly served as a Baptist pastor in Colorado Springs, where he founded PraiseNet Electronic Media in 2001. Priest is a 4-time American Advertising Federation Addy® Award winner for graphic and web design. His publishing catalog includes a trio of Green Lantern novels from iBooks/Simon & Schuster, the procedural crime novels Dual and Zion, 1999, a serialized superhero-science fiction novel, PraiseNet Essentials, a nine-book ecumenical series of theological criticism, and hundreds of comic book stories, among them the collected editions Deathstroke by DC Comics, Black Panther by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection, Captain America and The Falcon by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection, and The Quantum & Woody Omnibus by Valiant Entertainment.
Continuing the Legacy
Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm | Room: 321
When inheriting a long-running series, what do you do to prepare? Tom King (Batman/Catwoman), Karl Kesel (The Adventures of Superman ), Christopher Priest (Black Panther), and Robert Venditti (Superman ’78) share their thoughts on this with Bob Greenberger. Sponsored by The Hero Initiative.