Clifford VanMeterI know… a terrible pun. One I couldn’t resist. Out of high school, I joined the US Marines and served just post Viet Nam as a Military Policeman. Nothing in my life has touched me or changed me as much as those four years learning about honor and discipline.

After my service, Uncle Sugar was nice enough to subsidize four years of university and a BFA. Even while still in college I began my career as an illustrator working primarily in the role-playing game field. My early work included the Star Trek and Dr. Who role playing games for FASA, and lead to a long run on titles like Battle-Tech, the DC Universe Role Playing Game, Chill, Traveller and much more.

Later I founded Starchilde Studios where I created, wrote and published the game Justifiers RPG. Moving to New York to pursue work in comics, I wrote and drew for Valiant Comics at the height of their popularity. Additional work came my way from Marvel, Milestone/DC Comics, and Image. After leaving Valiant, I started Comicolor, one of the first digital coloring and lettering companies for comic books in North America.

I currently live and work in Kalamazoo, Michigan with my wife Betsy and daughter Caitlin who are also my editors and collaborators. I have three other grown children; Donald, Erin and Rose.

Quick Notes:

  • I like to skydive. Celebrities who’ve jumped out of perfectly good planes include Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Reynolds, and Vince Vaughn.
  • I have two different colored eyes — it’s called heterochromia and on my military ID card my eye color was listed as “hetero”. About 1 in 100,000 people have it. I live in a county with approximately 100,000 people, so it’s likely I’m the only hetero in Kalamazoo County. Other famous heteros include Henry Cavill, Jane Seymour, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Walken, and Mila Kunis.
  • I was born on Boxing Day — I missed Christmas by about 15-minutes. Other famous almost Christmas babies include Kit Harrington, Jared Leto, Mao Tse-tung, Steve Allen, David Sedaris and Henry Miller.

Watch me jump out of an airplane a mile off the ground. Yeah… scared the Hell out of me, too. So the next weekend I had to go back and do it again. Ended up doing it three more times. It still scared the Hell out of me.

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