TJ Dietsch

Staff Writer
New York City, NY
Feb 6, 1983

I've been reading comics on a regular basis since "The Death of Superman" storyline captured my imagination in 1992 at the age of 9. My parents fully supported my oncoming comic book addiction by driving me to the comic shop every week on Wednesdays, schedules permitting. At around that same time, I realized I wanted to be involved in the comics world in one way or another.

I went to college at Ohio Wesleyan University where I met my future wife, got a degree in creative writing and literature and also scored an internship at Wizard. After graduating the next year, I stayed around my hometown of Toledo, Ohio until a spot opened up at Wizard. I interviewed for the job in the research department and wound up getting it. I was at Wizard for about four years where I learned a lot about the magazine business and eventually worked my way up to Associate Editor of ToyFare. Moving to New York has lead to me living in a bunch of towns no one's ever heard of like Nyack, Stony Point and New Windsor.

Since 2009 I've been freelancing full time which has been both nerve wracking and a lot of fun. I've written for,, and a number of others, with CBR being the most recent. My main gig is covering the wild and diverse world of comics coming out from Image along with a few other topics here and there.

FIRST COMIC: A stack from a neighbor that included the first four issues of "Captain Carrot & The Zoo Crew," "Fantastic Four" #335 and "New Teen Titans" #19 among others.

FAVORITE CHARACTER: Superman, Creeper, Batman, Captain America, pretty much anyone who's interesting.

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Jim Zubkavich Makes "Skullkickers" Uncanny

Wed, November 21st, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

This February, Image Comics relaunches Jim Zubkavich and Edwin Huang's "Skullkickers" ongoing series with a new #1 and a new, familiar adjective. Zub spoke to CBR about his plans.

Riley Rossmo Celebrates "Dia De Los Muertos"

Tue, November 20th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

In January, artist Riley Rossmo launches "Dia De Los Muertos," an anthology centered around the Mexican Day of the Dead. CBR spoke with Rossmo and the first issue's three writers about the project. Plus, exclusive art!

TOYING AROUND: Agent Coulson, MiniMates and Arkham City

Sat, November 17th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

This week, Diamond reveals new Marvel MiniMates, a small army of Batman collectibles storm the shelves, Castle Grayskull becomes a reality and Agent Coulson makes his action figure debut.

Smith Has a Hell of a Time with Top Cow's "Tom Judge"

Tue, November 13th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

"Witchblade: Due Process" writer Phil Smith returns to the world of Top Cow's Artifacts with the "Tom Judge: The Geometry of Hell" one-shot featuring art by Kalman Andrasofszky.

TOYING AROUND: The Week in Toy News

Sat, November 10th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

CBR debuts our weekly look at the biggest news in action figure, statues and other collectibles featuring characters from comics, animation and movies, kicking off with a Bolland Joker, Deadpool and Castle Grayskull!

Silvestri & Hawkins On Two Decades Of Top Cow, Part 2

Wed, October 31st, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Top Cow creator Marc Silvestri and President and COO Matt Hawkins talk about everything from naming the company to celebrating the 20 year anniversary with the return of "Cyber Force."

NYCC: Creating Comics with Two X-Chromosomes - Real Talk with Image's Female Creators

Tue, October 23rd, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Fiona Staples, Ming Doyle, Amy Reeder,  Christine Larsen, Alex de Campi, Jordie Bellaire and Jennifer de Guzman discussed the unique challenges facing female comic creators during their NYCC panel.

Kel Symons Professes "I Love Trouble"

Tue, October 23rd, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Hollywood producer Kel Symons jumps from film to comics with his writing debut, "I Love Trouble" from Image Comics and CBR spoke to him about his grifter turned super powered assassin series.

NYCC: Morrison, Vaughan & Hickman on the Craft of Writing

Mon, October 22nd, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Superstar writers Grant Morrison, Brian K. Vaughan and Jonathan Hickman banded together at New York Comic Con to discuss the art of comic book writing and their experiences in the medium.

Boudreau Explores the Dystopian World of "BlackAcre" at Image

Mon, October 22nd, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

CBR spoke to comic book newcomer Duffy Boudreau makes his Image Comics debut with the ongoing sci-fi actioner "BlackAcre" with artist Wendell Cavalcanti, about a soldier tracking down one of his own.

NYCC: Vaughan & Staples Deliver Sex, Drugs & Rocketships in "Saga"

Fri, October 19th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

At New York Comic Con, writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples discussed the latest twists and turns in their smash hit Image Comics series "Saga" in front of a packed house.

Silvestri & Hawkins on Two Decades of Top Cow, Part 1

Wed, October 17th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Founder Marc Silvestri and President/COO Matt Hawkins spoke with CBR about the last twenty years of Top Cow, from the partner studio's initial formation to the early days at Image and the creation of Witchblade and the Darkness.

Evolution of "The Art of Todd McFarlane" - Part 2

Tue, October 16th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Todd McFarlane returns to discuss the formation of Image Comics, his thoughts on the publisher today, his experience inking the work of Jack Kirby and the possibility of his return to full-time comics creation.

NYCC: Dark Horse Horror Draws on Your Nightmares

Sun, October 14th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Dark Horse welcomed a star-studded panel featuring Christopher Golden, Eric Powell, Tim Seeley, Tom Mandrake, Scott Allie, Tyler Crook & Evan Dorkin to discuss all of the publisher's horror titles.

NYCC: Timm & Romano Talk "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2" Animated Film

Sun, October 14th, 2012 | Category: TV, Film

At New York Comic Con, producer Bruce Timm and voice talent coordinator Andrea Romano spoke about the second part of the animated "Dark Knight Returns" movie, future DC Universe animated projects and more.

NYCC: Kirkman Announces Diggle on "Thief of Thieves," Celebrates Adlard's 100th "Walking Dead"

Sat, October 13th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Kirkman headed up the NYCC Skybound panel, announcing Andy Diggle on "Thief of Thieves," centennial wraparound covers for "Walking Dead" and Invincible" by Charlie Adlard and Ryan Ottley and more.

NYCC 2012: Asmus & Festante Examine "The End Times of Bram and Ben"

Sat, October 13th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

CBR spoke to writers James Asmus and Jim Festante about joining forces with artist Rem Broo to tell the Rapture-based antics of a pair of friends in "The End Times of Bram & Ben" at Image Comics.

NYCC EXCLUSIVE: Ales Kot Doubles Down with "Zero" & "The Surface"

Sat, October 13th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

"Wild Children" and "Change" writer Ales Kot made a major splash at New York Comic Con, announcing two brand new Image Comics titles. CBR spoke to him about "Zero" and "The Surface."

NYCC: Wood, Vaughan & More Discuss Sci-Fi at Image Comics

Fri, October 12th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughan, Brian Wood, Ming Doyle, David Hine, Joe Harris and Glen Brunswick discussed world-building and their preferred brands of sci-fi as seen in their Image Comics titles

Jordan Creates "The Legend of Luther Strode"

Thu, October 11th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Justin Jordan spoke with CBR about the unexpected success of his first "Luther Strode" series at Image and what's to come in its sequel, "The Legend of Luther Strode." Plus exclusive Tradd Moore art!