September 27, 1986
Aleš Kot (born 27 September 1986, Ostrava, Czechoslovak Socialist Republic) is a Czech-American comic book writer, who was the first Czech in his field to break through for well-known American comics publishers such as DC Comics and Marvel Comics. He writes all his comics in English.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Childhood[edit | edit source]
He was born in 1986 in Ostrava.
He grew up in Ostrava where he changes six different schools. At the age of 17 he left school definitively.
He first came incontatc with comic book came at the age of 4, when his parents gave him a comic book of Donald Duck. Later, his grandfather, a professional driver, gave him the Czech version of Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian. He then began to read comics in the Score and CREW magazines. From 12 to 20, he lived alternately in Ostrava and Prague. At the same age he started to write his first comic book.
Moving to the USA[edit | edit source]
At the age of 23, he moved with his then-girlfriend to Los Angeles. He and his girlfriends got married, but later divorced. During the marriage, he applied for citizenship in the USA and he obtained a green card. In the US, he first worked as a vet assistant and smoke shop vendor. He then joined the magazine Coilhouse, which was founded by his then-wife. During his interviews with the magazine he met other comic writers like Grant Morrison. Later he worked as account executive for a large distribution media company.
Image Comics[edit | edit source]
In July 2012, his debut comic book Wild Children was published by Image Comics, dealing with the severe impact of the juvenile education system. The book got to the Top 10 best-selling graphic novels of the year. From December 2012 to March 2013, he wrote the miniserie Change .
Since September 2013, he has written his own series Zero for Image Comics. In 2014 the series was optioned for a TV show and Kot was selected to write the script of the pilot. The series ended in July 2015 with issue #18.
In March 2014, he released the one-shot The Darkness: Vicious Traditions at Image Comics and in June of the same year, The Darkness: Close Your Eyes .
DC and Marvel[edit | edit source]
In 2013, he was hired by the DC Comics Publishing House, for which he wrote four issues of Suicide Squad (# 20-23). For DC he also wrote a story for Batman designed for the Legends of the Dark Knight series but for creative disagreements of DC Comics he left the project and the story was not released.
In December 2013, Kot passed to Marvel Comics, co-writing Secret Avengers vol. 2 with Nick Spencer (issues #12-16). With the advent of the All-New Marvel NOW! relaunch, Kot was offered to write two consecutive series in March 2014: the third volume of Secret Avengers , and the new ongoing series of Iron Patriot.
In October 2014, he write a new series, Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier .
Return to Image Comics[edit | edit source]
From March to August 2015, Kot released a dystopian sci-fi serie called The Surface . At the end of May, another series called Material was launched at Image Comics. After number 4, the series was canceled and Kot announced that he would like to return to it once a year by publishing a separate comic book 
In July 2015, the series Wolf was launched at Image Comics. It blends fantasy, crimes and noir genres. The main hero is Detective Antoine Wolfe, who has to deal with crime and supernatural. The series ended in 2016.
A year later, in July 2017, Image Comics began publishing a new series called Generation Gone .
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
Image Comics[edit | edit source]
- Wild Children (graphic novel 2012)
- Change # 1-4 (minseries, 2012–2013)
- Zero # 1-18 , (ongoing series, 2013–2015) collected as:
- Vol. 1: An Emergency , (collects Zero # 1-5 , 2013–2014).
- Vol. 2: At The Heart Of It All , (collects Zero # 6-10 , 2014).
- Vol. 3: Tenderness Of Wolves , (collects Zero # 11-14 , 2014–2015).
- Vol. 4: Who by Fire , (collects Zero # 15-18 , 2015).
- The Darkness: Vicious Traditions , (one-shot, 2014)
- The Darkness: Close Your Eyes , (one-shot, 2014)
- The Surface # 1-4 (mini-series, 2015)
- Material # 1-4 (ongoing series, 2015)
- Wolf # 1-9 (ongoing series, 2015–2016)
- Generation Gone # 1 (ongoing series, 2017 -...)
DC Comics[edit | edit source]
- Suicide Squad # 20-23 , (series, 2013)
Marvel Comics[edit | edit source]
- Secret Avengers Vol. 2 # 12-16 , (series, 2013–2014, co-author of Nick Spencer)
- Secret Avengers Vol. 3 # 1-15 , (series, 2014–2015)
- Iron Patriot # 1-5 , (mini-series, 2014)
- Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier # 1-11 , (series, 2014–2015)
Reference[edit | edit source]
- Oliver Sava: [http://herocomplex.latimes.com/comics/ales-kot-talks-action-art-in-zero- secret-avengers-iron-patriot / # / 0 Ales Kot talks action, art in 'Zero,' 'Secret Avengers,' 'Iron Patriot' ', latimes.com, 17th March 2014
- Klára Kubíčková: = A120817_173646_vytvarne-umeni_jaz He moved to six home schools, one of the best-selling comics in the USA, idnes.cz, 19 August 2012
- Comics Sales July 2012
- [https: //imagecomics.com/comics/releases/change-tp Image Comics – Change], imagecomics.com, June 8, 2014
- the-pilot / Ales Kot is Adapting Zero into a Pilot for a Potential TV Show, multiversitycomics.com, February 24, 2014
- view / chosen-as Image Comics – Creators – Ales Kot, imagecomics.com, June 8, 2014
- / talent / ales-kot DC Comics – Writer – Ales Kot, dccomics.com, 8 June 2014
- -batmanovi-nikdy-nevyjde / # more-31375 With Aleš Kote o korporacích a Batman, který nikdy nevyjde, komiksarium.cz, 5 June 2014
- Ales Kot's Material, imagecomics.com, 6. 5 2015
- Ales Kot Cancels Material From Image Comics – For Now, bleedingcool.com, 17 October 2015
- los-angeles Ales Kot's "Wolf" Stalks the Mean, Mystic Streets of Los Angeles, comicbookresources.com, May 6, 2015
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