Sam Kiethis a comic book writer and illustrator, best known as the creator ofThe MaxxandZero Girl. Kieth first came to prominence in 1984 as the inker of Matt Wagner'sMage, and a year later as the inker ofFish Police. In 1989, he penciled the first five issues (the "Preludes & Nocturnes" story arc) of writer Neil Gaiman's celebrated seriesThe Sandmanand collaborated with Alan Grant on a Penguin story inSecret Origins Special#1. In 1993 Kieth created the original seriesThe Maxxfor fledgling publisher Image Comics.The Maxxran 35 issues, all of which were plotted and illustrated by Kieth. William Messner-Loebs scripted #1-15 and Alan Moore wrote #21. In 1995,The Maxxwas adapted as part of MTV's short-lived animation seriesMTV's Oddities. After taking a break from comics to pursue other interests, Kieth created the seriesZero Girlfor DC Comics' Wildstorm imprint in 2001. He followed that with the dramaFour Womenlater that year andZero Girl- Full Circlein 2003. In 2010, Kieth wrote and illustrated the original hardcover graphic novelArkham Asylum- Madness, which spent two weeks onThe New York TimesBest Seller list, reaching number five in the category of "Hardcover Graphic Books.