Daniel Johnson

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

Editor, copyeditor, proofreader. Experience with award-winning graphic novels, poetry, self-help, and non-native English writers.

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In the last 5 years I've been involved as both an editor and writer of non-fiction, comics and graphic novels, guided meditation, fictional prose (primarily scifi and fantasy), poetry, and web copy/blogs. A good deal of my editing work has involved translated material or writing from authors whose first language is other than English, and with all of my work I place an emphasis on creating a natural flow of ideas and grammar while never deviating from the author's voice.

I also have a strong connection with comics, from a lifetime of reading and appreciating the medium's unique literary merits to providing editorial assistance for over a year with Fantagraphics Books, publisher of best selling, award winning graphic novels and comics non-fiction.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Comics (non fiction)
Health & wellbeing
Music
New Age
Psychology
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Fantasy
Poetry
Science Fiction
Short Story

Work experience

Editorial Assistant

Fantagraphics Books Inc.
January, 2014 – February, 2015 (about 1 year)

One of the most critically acclaimed publishers in comics history, Fantagraphics has long been a champion of the comics form devoted to printing challenging contemporary works and historically important graphic novels.

Freelance Work

Written by Daniel
March, 2013 – Present (over 5 years)

Portfolio (26 selected works)

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America

Bill Schelly

2016 Eisner Award Winner for Best Comics-Related Book! This biography reveals the true story of Mad creator Harvey Kurtzman―the man who revolutionized humor in America; it features new interviews with his colleagues Hugh Hefner, Robert Crumb, and others. Harvey Kurtzman created Mad, and Mad revolutionized humor in America. Kurtzman was the original editor, artist, and sole writer of Mad, one o... read more

2016 Eisner Award Winner for Best Comics-Related Book! This biography reveals the true story of Mad creator Harvey Kurtzman―the man who revolutionized humor in America; it features new interviews with his colleagues Hugh Hefner, Robert Crumb, and others. Harvey Kurtzman created Mad, and Mad revolutionized humor in America. Kurtzman was the original editor, artist, and sole writer of Mad, one o... read more

Wandering Son: Volume Seven (Vol. 7) (Wandering Son)

Shimura Takako

In this sensitive manga series about transgendered preteens, the boy who wants to be a girl deals with acne, and is scouted for the school’s theater club along with Chiba-san. Shimura Takako’s groundbreaking, critically acclaimed, and beloved Wandering Son continues to explore gender identity among its cast of middle school students in our 7th volume. Nitori-kun gets his first signs of acne. T... read more

In this sensitive manga series about transgendered preteens, the boy who wants to be a girl deals with acne, and is scouted for the school’s theater club along with Chiba-san. Shimura Takako’s groundbreaking, critically acclaimed, and beloved Wandering Son continues to explore gender identity among its cast of middle school students in our 7th volume. Nitori-kun gets his first signs of acne. T... read more

Wandering Son Vol. 8 (Vol. 8) (Wandering Son)

Shimura Takako

In the latest volume of this realistic manga about transgender students, our protagonists experiment sartorially. Curiosity and transphobia collide in the latest volume of Fantagraphics’ critically acclaimed manga about a boy who wants to be a girl, and a girl who wants to be a boy. In Volume 8, Nitori-kun, a boy who wants to be a girl, explores kissing with girlfriend Anna-chan; and Yoshino-s... read more

In the latest volume of this realistic manga about transgender students, our protagonists experiment sartorially. Curiosity and transphobia collide in the latest volume of Fantagraphics’ critically acclaimed manga about a boy who wants to be a girl, and a girl who wants to be a boy. In Volume 8, Nitori-kun, a boy who wants to be a girl, explores kissing with girlfriend Anna-chan; and Yoshino-s... read more

Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions

Frank Stack

This book collects the "best of" Frank Stack, who was one of the first underground cartoonists, and the artist behind Harvey Pekar’s award-winning graphic novel My Cancer Year. “Cult” cartoonist Frank Stack is best known as the artist behind Harvey Pekar’s award-winning graphic novel, My Cancer Year (his art was featured in the American Splendor film), and as the creator of the first undergrou... read more

This book collects the "best of" Frank Stack, who was one of the first underground cartoonists, and the artist behind Harvey Pekar’s award-winning graphic novel My Cancer Year. “Cult” cartoonist Frank Stack is best known as the artist behind Harvey Pekar’s award-winning graphic novel, My Cancer Year (his art was featured in the American Splendor film), and as the creator of the first undergrou... read more

The Complete Zap Comix Boxed Set

R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Gilbert Shelton, Spain Rodriguez, Robert Williams, Victor Moscoso, Paul Mavrides, Rick Griffin

This is a more-than-complete collection (it includes the unpublished 17th issue!) of the quintessential underground comic book.There scarcely was an underground comics world before Robert Crumb’s classic solo first issue ofZap. By Zap #2, he had begun assembling a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln... read more

This is a more-than-complete collection (it includes the unpublished 17th issue!) of the quintessential underground comic book.There scarcely was an underground comics world before Robert Crumb’s classic solo first issue ofZap. By Zap #2, he had begun assembling a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln... read more

Vapor

Max

Seeking an ascetic life in the desert away from today's noisy and noisome world, Nick is seduced by the spectacular and mesmerizing spectacle of the procession of the Queen of Saba. A fantasia of delightful philosophical mind games.

Seeking an ascetic life in the desert away from today's noisy and noisome world, Nick is seduced by the spectacular and mesmerizing spectacle of the procession of the Queen of Saba. A fantasia of delightful philosophical mind games.

The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994 (The Complete Peanuts)

Charles M. Schulz

Charlie Brown hits a home run and Linus tries to get Snoopy a Supreme Court seat in the 22nd volume (’93-’94) of The Complete Peanuts. Even the most devoted Peanuts fan will be surprised by revisiting Schulz’s last decade of work. Schulz’s cartooning has never been more expressive, and his sense of humor never more unencumbered by formula or tradition. In one sequence, the gang waits… and wait... read more

Charlie Brown hits a home run and Linus tries to get Snoopy a Supreme Court seat in the 22nd volume (’93-’94) of The Complete Peanuts. Even the most devoted Peanuts fan will be surprised by revisiting Schulz’s last decade of work. Schulz’s cartooning has never been more expressive, and his sense of humor never more unencumbered by formula or tradition. In one sequence, the gang waits… and wait... read more

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters From The 1940s-1950s

Mark Fertig

This art book collects film noir posters and critical commentary, with a foreword by Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist). Collecting 101 noir movie posters of, arguably, the greatest noir films ever made (including classics The Maltese Falcon, Laura, and Double Indemnity). Reproduced in a stunningly designed, over-sized format that shows off th... read more

This art book collects film noir posters and critical commentary, with a foreword by Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist). Collecting 101 noir movie posters of, arguably, the greatest noir films ever made (including classics The Maltese Falcon, Laura, and Double Indemnity). Reproduced in a stunningly designed, over-sized format that shows off th... read more

Pirates In The Heartland: The Mythology Of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1

S. Clay Wilson

This is a biography of a legendary underground cartoonist (contemporary and collaborator with Robert Crumb), most famous for his Checkered Demon character. The is the definitive account of the boldest and most audacious of the legendary underground cartoonists: the taboo busting, eyeball blistering S. Clay Wilson. This first volume contains all of his underground comic stories from Zap Comix, ... read more

This is a biography of a legendary underground cartoonist (contemporary and collaborator with Robert Crumb), most famous for his Checkered Demon character. The is the definitive account of the boldest and most audacious of the legendary underground cartoonists: the taboo busting, eyeball blistering S. Clay Wilson. This first volume contains all of his underground comic stories from Zap Comix, ... read more

Demons And Angels: The Mythology Of S. Clay Wilson, Volume 2 (Vol. 2)

S. Clay Wilson

Artist S. Clay Wilson adapts to the post-underground art world in this second volume of a three-part complete comics collection / retrospective. As the Age of Aquarius morphed into Discomania and Reaganomics, pioneering underground cartoonist S. Clay Wilson discovered a new generation of punks and misfits in America and abroad who appreciated his point of view. He found new outlets for his art... read more

Artist S. Clay Wilson adapts to the post-underground art world in this second volume of a three-part complete comics collection / retrospective. As the Age of Aquarius morphed into Discomania and Reaganomics, pioneering underground cartoonist S. Clay Wilson discovered a new generation of punks and misfits in America and abroad who appreciated his point of view. He found new outlets for his art... read more

Collected Poems

Alexander Theroux

This is a collection of the National Book Award-nominated author’s poems: sonnets, odes, ballads, and more. The publication of Alexander Theroux’s Collected Poems, a gathering of more than 660 poems, an astonishing creative output, will be among the major literary events of the year. Here is a full cornucopia of sonnets, odes, ballads, free verse, triolets, pure, satires, narratives, dramatic ... read more

This is a collection of the National Book Award-nominated author’s poems: sonnets, odes, ballads, and more. The publication of Alexander Theroux’s Collected Poems, a gathering of more than 660 poems, an astonishing creative output, will be among the major literary events of the year. Here is a full cornucopia of sonnets, odes, ballads, free verse, triolets, pure, satires, narratives, dramatic ... read more

The Comics Journal Library Volume 9: Zap - The Interviews

In-depth, career-spanning interviews with the cartoonists ― Crumb, Shelton, and more ― who forever altered the course of American comics with their anthology title, Zap Comix. The definitive Comics Journal interviews with the cartoonists behind Zap Comix, featuring: Supreme 1960s counterculture/underground artist Robert Crumb on how acid unleashed a flood of Zap characters from his unconscious... read more

In-depth, career-spanning interviews with the cartoonists ― Crumb, Shelton, and more ― who forever altered the course of American comics with their anthology title, Zap Comix. The definitive Comics Journal interviews with the cartoonists behind Zap Comix, featuring: Supreme 1960s counterculture/underground artist Robert Crumb on how acid unleashed a flood of Zap characters from his unconscious... read more

The Eternaut

Héctor Germán Oesterheld, Francisco Solano Lopez

2016 Eisner Award Winner for Best Archival Collection/Project―Strips! Seminal Argentinian science fiction graphic novel whose main character is still viewed as a symbol of resistance in Latin America. This originally appeared as weekly installments from 1957-59. Juan Salvo, the inimitable protagonist, along with his friend Professor Favalli and the tenacious metal-worker Franco, face what appe... read more

2016 Eisner Award Winner for Best Archival Collection/Project―Strips! Seminal Argentinian science fiction graphic novel whose main character is still viewed as a symbol of resistance in Latin America. This originally appeared as weekly installments from 1957-59. Juan Salvo, the inimitable protagonist, along with his friend Professor Favalli and the tenacious metal-worker Franco, face what appe... read more

Strong Hearts Are Mandatory: Heart Of Glass (Volume 1)

Teelia Pelletier

Strong Hearts Are Mandatory is a series centering in an animal-dominated land known as Media. All of the land’s residents are gifted with intelligence, and a few even with the forbidden practice of magic. Within the contents of Heart of Glass, we follow the perspective of the main hero, a little noble cat known as the Radio Star. Radio is chosen to collect the fragments of a crystal heart left... read more

Strong Hearts Are Mandatory is a series centering in an animal-dominated land known as Media. All of the land’s residents are gifted with intelligence, and a few even with the forbidden practice of magic. Within the contents of Heart of Glass, we follow the perspective of the main hero, a little noble cat known as the Radio Star. Radio is chosen to collect the fragments of a crystal heart left... read more

Overcoming Stuttering My Story: Five Steps to Speaking Fluently

Damir Pervan

This is my true story about overcoming stuttering. In this book, I am writing about the strategies that I am still using today to increase my fluency. The book is structured in the way that I first give my personal story and then I elaborate on the strategy and the lesson from that story. At the end, I am sharing my 5 ways to speaking fluently. The book is full of interesting exercises and act... read more

This is my true story about overcoming stuttering. In this book, I am writing about the strategies that I am still using today to increase my fluency. The book is structured in the way that I first give my personal story and then I elaborate on the strategy and the lesson from that story. At the end, I am sharing my 5 ways to speaking fluently. The book is full of interesting exercises and act... read more

BL!NK (Hadron Damnation Book 1)

Mark Lingane

WeAreComingToKillYou. For four hundred years, the human race has been hiding, defending, surviving against an unknown alien attack, using weapons known as rippers and smashers.Except they are not weapons, they are children—descendants of Cally Raiden—with unique abilities to rip open the space-time continuum and smash through to one moment in the future and broadcast back what they glimpse bef... read more

WeAreComingToKillYou. For four hundred years, the human race has been hiding, defending, surviving against an unknown alien attack, using weapons known as rippers and smashers.Except they are not weapons, they are children—descendants of Cally Raiden—with unique abilities to rip open the space-time continuum and smash through to one moment in the future and broadcast back what they glimpse bef... read more

Angelboy Vol. 1

N. M. Beguesse

Cyrus' life ends with a flash and a bang as the bullet enters his heart. Moments later, he opens his eyes to find his body changed, sporting a new pair of... angel wings? Something's definitely not right here... Unable to be seen or heard by anyone and with no one guiding him, Cyrus strikes out on his own as he attempts to make up for his wasted life. At first he is merely observing, but he qu... read more

Cyrus' life ends with a flash and a bang as the bullet enters his heart. Moments later, he opens his eyes to find his body changed, sporting a new pair of... angel wings? Something's definitely not right here... Unable to be seen or heard by anyone and with no one guiding him, Cyrus strikes out on his own as he attempts to make up for his wasted life. At first he is merely observing, but he qu... read more

Nondual Therapy: The Psychology of Awakening

Georgi Y. Johnson

In Nondual Therapy Georgi Y. Johnson offers tools to release energetic contractions in the psyche, through the healing power of Nondual Qualities. This is a new healing modality, through which you'll discover: - The evolutionary form of the human psyche - The transformative power of Nondual Qualities - How to recognize and release energetic contractions - When to engage and when to 'let go' - ... read more

In Nondual Therapy Georgi Y. Johnson offers tools to release energetic contractions in the psyche, through the healing power of Nondual Qualities. This is a new healing modality, through which you'll discover: - The evolutionary form of the human psyche - The transformative power of Nondual Qualities - How to recognize and release energetic contractions - When to engage and when to 'let go' - ... read more

Natural Selection

Cualli Carnago

In the Hivosphere, citizens are ranked according to a strict social hierarchy. At the top stand the smart, attractive and healthy, but in such a tenuous society, nobody’s place is secure and the possibility of downgrading is always around the corner. Receiving a poor sexual performance rating, developing a new health condition, or simply aging, can permanently land one in the lower ranks of th... read more

In the Hivosphere, citizens are ranked according to a strict social hierarchy. At the top stand the smart, attractive and healthy, but in such a tenuous society, nobody’s place is secure and the possibility of downgrading is always around the corner. Receiving a poor sexual performance rating, developing a new health condition, or simply aging, can permanently land one in the lower ranks of th... read more

The Hidden Raphael’s Banker (The Art and Finance Mystery Series Book 1)

Alessandra Oddi Baglioni

Sometimes fiction is closer to the truth than reality.The great financial crisis of 2008 was impossible to avoid, because some secret hidden in an art work of Raphael.A story that spans centuries and yet it is so realistic that it seems that you can touch and talk to the great characters of history like you watch today’s personalities on TV shows.The French architect and art expert George Lacr... read more

Sometimes fiction is closer to the truth than reality.The great financial crisis of 2008 was impossible to avoid, because some secret hidden in an art work of Raphael.A story that spans centuries and yet it is so realistic that it seems that you can touch and talk to the great characters of history like you watch today’s personalities on TV shows.The French architect and art expert George Lacr... read more

Das Metro

Mark Lingane

Viva la revolution, baby!Freddy Fredrickson has gone missing, chasing after a dame named Maria. To the horror of his father, Maria's a sub-dweller who lives under the city. And she's organizing a revolution—which is a problem, considering Freddy's father is the mayor.While tracking down Freddy and Maria, Van Avram uncovers a festering truth about the city he calls home, one that will bring it ... read more

Viva la revolution, baby!Freddy Fredrickson has gone missing, chasing after a dame named Maria. To the horror of his father, Maria's a sub-dweller who lives under the city. And she's organizing a revolution—which is a problem, considering Freddy's father is the mayor.While tracking down Freddy and Maria, Van Avram uncovers a festering truth about the city he calls home, one that will bring it ... read more

Living Happiness

Sebastian Kade

What is happiness and how do we live it? If you are looking for a self-help book that promises to expose the secrets of happiness... keep searching. However, if you are looking for a book on Life that leans heavily on ancient wisdom from the Buddhist Monks and Stoic Philosophers, then this is the one. Living Happiness takes you on the journey of exploring the foundations of happiness. From a s... read more

What is happiness and how do we live it? If you are looking for a self-help book that promises to expose the secrets of happiness... keep searching. However, if you are looking for a book on Life that leans heavily on ancient wisdom from the Buddhist Monks and Stoic Philosophers, then this is the one. Living Happiness takes you on the journey of exploring the foundations of happiness. From a s... read more

Cultivating Spiritual Energy: Tune in, Sense, Direct, Move and use Spiritual Energy to have more Amazing Spiritual Experiences

Beth Quist

This is about spiritual empowerment. This is a guide designed to help you learn which spiritual energy does what, and then how you can cultivate and use those different energies for the type of spiritual experience you desire.The focus of this book is on seven chakra energies. Each chakra is composed of a different type of spiritual energy, which can then create certain types of spiritual expe... read more

This is about spiritual empowerment. This is a guide designed to help you learn which spiritual energy does what, and then how you can cultivate and use those different energies for the type of spiritual experience you desire.The focus of this book is on seven chakra energies. Each chakra is composed of a different type of spiritual energy, which can then create certain types of spiritual expe... read more

Tales of Manas: Kyrgyz epos Manas

Mar Baijiev

Akylay Baimatova translated Epos Manas into English using Mar Baijiev’s Russian translation as a guide. There are very few translations of this work available in English and the versions that are available do not do a work of this magnitude justice. Akylay is a native Kyrgyz who grew up studying verses of Epos Manas and celebrating its epic stories. This project started from Akylay’s desire to... read more

Akylay Baimatova translated Epos Manas into English using Mar Baijiev’s Russian translation as a guide. There are very few translations of this work available in English and the versions that are available do not do a work of this magnitude justice. Akylay is a native Kyrgyz who grew up studying verses of Epos Manas and celebrating its epic stories. This project started from Akylay’s desire to... read more

Rambling Across America

Tommy Ray

Inspired by Paulo Coelho along with Rolf Potts about following your dreams, listening to your heart, as well as going with the flow. Rambling Across America contains valuable insights, interesting quotes, and a lot of practical information to act as an example to take a chance while never giving up on your dreams. We all have one shot at life. "Rambling Across America .." was the true adventur... read more

Inspired by Paulo Coelho along with Rolf Potts about following your dreams, listening to your heart, as well as going with the flow. Rambling Across America contains valuable insights, interesting quotes, and a lot of practical information to act as an example to take a chance while never giving up on your dreams. We all have one shot at life. "Rambling Across America .." was the true adventur... read more

To Stay or Not to Stay: All You Have to Know Before Leaving the Job that Makes You Unhappy

Juliana Tabares

How many more years of your life are you going to waste in a job that gives more unhappiness than joy?We were told that joining a big corporation or a recognized firm is all we needed to be successful in life, so you fought for it. When you first joined the firm you were very happy, full of dreams and expectations. But after months or even years, you live in constant anxiety and monotony. You ... read more

How many more years of your life are you going to waste in a job that gives more unhappiness than joy?We were told that joining a big corporation or a recognized firm is all we needed to be successful in life, so you fought for it. When you first joined the firm you were very happy, full of dreams and expectations. But after months or even years, you live in constant anxiety and monotony. You ... read more

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Temeka McCoy

I can't wait to work with him again on my next book.

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Temeka McCoy, October 2018


Juliana Tabares

Daniel was always available, really willing to help and gave me a lot of hope... When you are writing your first book you need some honest but also encouraging... He understands how important a book is for the Author and, but also gives you feedback to rethink the way you are expressing yourself and challenge your work. Can't wait to write my second book and have Daniel again to help me :)

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Juliana Tabares, September 2018


Juliana Tabares

I'm very glad I had the opportunity to work with Daniel. He has been very honest and helpful with his comments and the edition process, especially in my case where English is not my mother tongue.

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Juliana Tabares, August 2018


Stephanie Halovanic

Working with Daniel made the process of finishing my book so seamless. From the beginning, he worked with me to really understand my vision and guide me through the process. Being a first-time author, he was extremely patient and flexible based on my needs. His attention to detail and communication were impeccable. I would highly recommend Daniel to anyone and would love to use him again for fu...

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Stephanie Halovanic, August 2018


Adii Pienaar

This was my first time with Reedsy, writing poetry and also working with Daniel. To say that my experience has surpassed my expectations would be an understatement. Daniel did a huge amount of work and his feedback and guidance was very thoughtful. It also greatly improved the quality of my final work. I'd highly recommend Daniel to anyone that wants to take their first drafts to the next level.

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Adii Pienaar, July 2018

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