James O'Barr is best known as the creator of the comic book series The Crow.
While living in Berlin in 1981, O'Barr began work on The Crow. O'Barr was further inspired by a Detroit newspaper account of the murder of a young couple over a $20 engagement ring. After his discharge from the Marines, O'Barr continued his painting and illustration as well as doing various odd jobs. The Crow sat on a shelf for seven years, but at last someone wanted to publish it: Gary Reed of Caliber Press. The Crow has sold more than 750,000 copies worldwide.
The Crow was adapted into a successful film of the same name in 1994. In November 2014, O'Barr admitted that he is helping write the script for the new reboot of The Crow, along with screenwriter Cliff Dorfman.
James O'Barr will be appearing at Hamilton Comic Con on Saturday and Sunday.