Josh Trujillo is a writer, editor, and comic book creator based in San Rafael, California. He has worked with clients including Boom! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Shanken Creative Group, Oni Press, Telltale Games, and DC Comics, among others. He is available for freelance or long-term contracted work.

Trujillo is perhaps best known for his self-published efforts, writing the technological romance series Love Machines, and editing the tabletop gaming anthology Death Saves: Fallen Heroes of the Kitchen Table. His work spans different genre and audiences, specializing in children's fiction, fantasy, humor, history, romance, gaming, and LGBTQ issues.

Josh's full-time work is as a writer for video games, including Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series and Batman: The Enemy Within. This passion for gaming extends to his comics work as well. In 2015, he created, edited and published Death Saves: Fallen Heroes of the Kitchen Table, an anthology collecting stories about what happens to beloved tabletop RPG characters when they run out of hit points. Inspired by the success of the project, Trujillo created the Death Saves Total Party Kill Guide, a book of tabletop gaming advice and a humorous spin on old gaming handbooks. A second volume of Death Saves debuted in 2018.

Josh is a writer of the Adventure Time original graphic novel series by Cartoon Network and Boom! Studios. The first two, The Four Castles and President Bubblegum were released in 2016 and Brain Robbers was released in 2017. Trujillo has stories appearing in DC Comics and IDW's Love is Love, benefiting victims of the Orlando nightclub tragedy, and Alphabet, benefiting the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. 2017 saw the release of the first hardcover, color Love Machines collection in the Fall.

In 2017, Trujillo released 45 American Presidents a limited edition sketchbook featuring pen and ink drawings of each of the American Presidents. Patriotism and Americana are recurring themes in Trujillo's comic work, writing President Bubblegum for Cartoon Network, and the Revolutionary War romance Declaration with artist Levi Hastings.

In March 2018, Trujillo will debut a new series from Boom Studios, Dodge City, with artist Cara McGee. The book is a look at the high stakes, high school world of competitive dodgeball. Also in early 2018 Trujillo will begin work as a writer for the Rick and Morty comic book series. from Oni Press.

Trujillo speaks for inclusiveness and diversity in popular media, and works alongside groups including the USC ONE Archive and Prism Comics. He has moderated discussion panels on historical comics, writing all-ages material, and his self-published comics. Trujillo organized and moderated San Diego Comic Con's first panel on queer gaming. Josh loves his dog, his country, and is of good moral fiber.

You can remain updated on his work by following Josh on Twitter @LostHisKeysMan.

Publishing Credits

  • Dream Daddy #5, Art by DJ Kirkland (Oni Press)
  • Rick and Morty Vol. 8 (Oni Press)
  • Rolled & Told #2 (Lion Forge)
  • Advanced Death Saves, Art by Various (Self-Published)
  • Rick and Morty #40, Art by Rii Abrego (Oni Press)
  • Dodge City #4, Art by Cara McGee (BOOM! Studios)
  • Rick and Morty #39, Art by Rii Abrego (Oni Press)
  • The FDA's Gay Blood Ban. Art by Levi Hastings (The Nib)
  • Baron Von Steuben, Art by Levi Hastings (The Nib)
  • Dodge City #3, Art by Cara McGee (BOOM! Studios)
  • Rick and Morty #38, Art by Rii Abrego (Oni Press)
  • Dodge City #2, Art by Cara McGee (BOOM! Studios)
  • Rick and Morty #37, Art by Rii Abrego (Oni Press)
  • Dodge City #1, Art by Cara McGee (BOOM! Studios)
  • Rick and Morty #36, Art by Rii Abrego (Oni Press)
  • MINE! "Silence" Art by Maia Kobabe (ComicMix)
  • Batman: The Enemy Within, Episodes 3-5 (Telltale Games)
  • Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, Episodes 2-5 (Telltale Games)
  • LGBT Heritage Month, Art by Maia Kobabe (The Nib)
  • Adventure Time: Brain Robbers, Art by Zachary Sterling (BOOM! Studios) 
  • 45 American Presidents Sketchbook (Self-Published)
  • Love is Love, "Tonight" Art by Michael Hoeweler (DC Comics / IDW Publishing)
  • Love Machines Volume 1 Collection, Art by Various (Self-Published)
  • Declaration, Issue 1, Art by Levi Hastings (Self-Published)
  • Adventure Time: President Bubblegum, Art by Phil Murphy (BOOM! Studios) 
  • Alphabet  "Boxplay" Art by Cody Evan Silver (Stacked Deck Press) 
  • Adventure Time: The Four Castles, Art by Zachary Sterling (BOOM! Studios) 
  • 44 American Presidents Sketchbook (Self-Published)
  • Love Machines Issue 6 "An Electric Moon" Art by JT Cole (Self-Published) 
  • Stuck in the Gutters Issue 1 "The War" Art by Alex Diotto (Gumroad Exclusive Release) 
  • Love Machines Issue 5 "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" Art by Wyeth Yates (Self-Published) 
  • To Boldly Zine Volume 2 "Counselor Please!" Art by Casey Harris (Oh Gosh Press) 
  • Total Party Kill Guide, Art by Various (Self-Published)
  • Death Saves: Fallen Heroes of the Kitchen Table, Art by Various (Self-Published) 
  • Love Machines Issue 4 "Hero and Leander" Art by Kate Glasheen and Colin Andersen (Self-Published) 
  • Unlawful Good: An Anthology of Crime "The Auger" Art by Elliot Baggott (Dude What Comics) 
  • Love Machines Issue 3, "Applications/Lung" Art by Dave Valeza / Patrick Horvath (Self-Published)
  • 2299: Sci-Fi Transmissions from the Future "Elder" Art by Lonku (Gumroad)
  • Love Machines Issue 2 "Black Beauty" Art by Ben Bishop/ JB Wolfe (Self-Published) 
  • Love Machines Issue 1 "Workers of all Lands, Unite!" Art by Ryo Kawakami / Michael Shisler (Self-Published)
  • Anything That Loves "You'll Find the Right Girl, Eventually" Art by Dave Valeza. (Northwest Press)
  • The Reason for Dragons "The Butter Maid" Art by Ben Bishop (BOOM! Studios)

Interviews and Press

  • AV Club - DODGE CITY listed among the best comics of 2018. (12/18)
  • Paste Magazine - Announcement of DREAM DADDY mini-series from Oni. (8/18)
  • Upworthy - Profile on DECLARATION and my work with Levi Hastings for The Nib. (7/18)
  • Diversity Issues Podcast - Podcast exploring the first issue of DODGE CITY. (7/18)
  • The Nib - The hypocrisy of the FDA's Gay Blood Ban, with Levi Hastings. (6/18)
  • Philadelphia Inquirer - Profile of Levi Hastings and I for DECLARATION. (6/18)
  • The Nib - Explainer history on General von Steuben, with Levi Hastings. (6/18)
  • The Oregonian - Glowing review of RICK AND MORTY 38 (5/18)
  • Women Write About Comics - Spotlight on DODGE CITY and sports comics. (5/18)
  • Graphic Policy - DODGE CITY 4 Review (5/18)
  • Multiversity Comics - DODGE CITY 2 Review (4/18)
  • GWW - DODGE CITY 2 Review (4/18)
  • Graphic Policy - DODGE CITY 2 Review (4/18)
  • SyFyWire - DODGE CITY listed as "7 Comics For Your Pull List" (3/18)
  • Paste Magazine - DODGE CITY is "Required Reading" (3/18)
  • IO9 - DODGE CITY listed as "Best Comics of the Week" (3/18)
  • Word of the Nerd - DODGE CITY 1 review (3/18)
  • Newsarama - Advance review of DODGE CITY 1 (3/18)
  • The GWW - Review of DODGE CITY 1 (3/18)
  • Dynamic Forces - Interview about DODGE CITY (1/18)
  • CBR - DODGE CITY announcement (12/17)
  • Bleeding Cool - Write-up and preview of of ADVANCED DEATH SAVES! (11/17)
  • Telltale Developer Blog - My take on Drax from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (11/17)
  • Coverage of ADVANCED DEATH SAVES (11/17)
  • Hardcore Gamer - BATMAN: THE ENEMY WITHIN, Episode 3 Review (11/17)
  • IGN - GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Episode 4 Review (10/17)
  • Entertainment Weekly - DECLARATION listed for "10 Queer Comics to Read" (6/17)
  • Western Washington University - Panel discussion of Queer Historical Comics (5/17)
  • Comicosity - DECLARATION listed as "30 Indie Titles Doing Right by LGBTA Fans" (4/17)
  • Paste Magazine - ADVENTURE TIME: BRAIN ROBBERS listed as "Required Reading" (4/17)
  • Adventures in Poor Taste - ADVENTURE TIME: BRAIN ROBBERS (4/17)
  • Fanbase Press - Review of ADVENTURE TIME: BRAIN ROBBERS (4/17)
  • Bubble Blabber - ADVENTURE TIME: BRAIN ROBBERS review. (4/17)
  • Out Magazine - Feature on the "Queer Comics Revolution" including my work. (3/17)
  • Fanbse Press - Interview with Barbra Dillon about 45 AMERICAN PRESIDENTS. (1/17)
  • WeHo TV News - Television interview about the LOVE IS LOVE anthology. (12/16)
  • Women Write About Comics - Review of DECLARATION (11/16)
  • Fanbase Press - Coverage of a self-publishing panel at Stan Lee LA Comic Con (11/16)
  • Writing Belle - Interviewed by author Summer Lane (10/16)
  • - Interview about ADVENTURE TIME: PRESIDENT BUBBLEGUM (9/16)
  • Marvel Movie News - Group chat regarding Marvel Movie headlines and speculation (8/16)
  • Newsarama - Interview about ADVENTURE TIME: THE FOUR CASTLES (5/16)
  • Comicosity - Interview about LOVE MACHINES VOLUME 1 (4/16)
  • Word of the Nerd - Interview about LOVE MACHINES VOLUME 1 (4/16)
  • LA Weekly - Featured in article about Comic Con potentially leaving San Diego. (3/16)
  • INQ - Overview of LOVE MACHINES and a preview of Issue 5 (3/16)
  • GWW - Podcast interview about LOVE MACHINES VOLUME 1 (3/16)
  • The Book of Dodgeball - Podcast interview with David Tetz about my comics and dodgeball experiences (3/16)
  • PEN America - The story "Lung" with Patrick Horvath, as featured in LOVE MACHINES 3 (3/16)
  • Fanbase Press - Guest of Week in Review podcast discussing LOVE MACHINES (3/16)
  • GWW - Video interview from ZappCon 2015 (11/15)
  • Bleeding Cool - Spotlight on LOVE MACHINES 5, and the story of Cynthia (10/15)
  • Word of the Nerd - Interview about LOVE MACHINES 5 (9/15)
  • Bleeding Cool - Recap of "Indie Creators Unite!" panel at Long Beach Comic Con (9/15)
  • Comic Bastards - Review of LOVE MACHINES 4 (6/15)
  • Comics Alliance - Review of LOVE MACHINES 4 (5/15)
  • The Sewers of Paris - Podcast interview about my lifelong passion for THE WIZARD OF OZ (4/15)
  • Flip the Media - Write-up of LOVE MACHINES panel at Emerald City Comic Con. (3/15)
  • Comics Coast to Coast - Podcast interview about LOVE MACHINES, DEATH SAVES, and Kickstarter (3/15)
  • FanBros - Podcast interview, with DEATH SAVES contributor Rob Hebert (3/15)
  • Australian Tabletop Gaming Network - Interview about DEATH SAVES (2/15)
  • Punching the Walls of Reality - Podcast interview about DEATH SAVES (2/15)
  • GWW - Podcast interview about DEATH SAVES (2/15)
  • Comic Bastards - Review of LOVE MACHINES 2 (10/14)
  • Advocate - Profile of me and my work by Matt Baume (10/14)
  • Comic Bastards - Review of LOVE MACHINES 1 (10/14)
  • Broken Frontier - Review of LOVE MACHINES 1 & 2 (8/14)
  • Bleeding Cool - Article about me and the first issue of LOVE MACHINES (5/14)
  • The Homeworld - Podcast interview covering comics work and LOVE MACHINES (4/14)
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