The Creator

Thom Zahler is the writer and artist of the indy fan-favorite comic, Love and Capes. For over three years, he’s chronicled the adventures in love of an ordinary bookstore owner and her accountant boyfriend… who also happens to be the superhero The Crusader.

The book has been hailed by fans and pros alike, including Mark Waid, Kurt Busiek, Gail Simone, Alan Davis and Tony Isabella. Love and Capes has been a three-time participant in Free Comic Book Day, and a collection of the first six issues was released by IDW Publishing last year.

For five years, he was the artist of the Slider comic strip for the Cleveland Indians. He continues to do illustration and cartooning for clients across the country, including Scene Magazine, Cleveland Magazine, and other clients across the country.

And, along with Bob Ingersoll, Thom also co-wrote a story for the Star Trek: The Next Generation short story collection, The Sky’s the Limit.

A relentless glory hound, he is also a recurring presence on Cleveland broadcast media, both television and radio. He also made the jump to the national spotlight as a contestant on the syndicated version of “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?” where he won $32,000. He could have gone farther, but he didn’t know who the hell Charles Goren was.

He is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art and of Lake Catholic High School.

He lives at his palatial estate, Zahlerdu, in Northeast Ohio. Okay, he doesn’t really call it “Zahlerdu” but if he did, it’d be because he liked Orson Wells’ “Citizen Kane” and not that Olivia Newton John disco-and-roller skating movie. It’s not really a palatial estate, either, but it is a nice place.

See more of Zahler’s artwork at He also keeps a weblog at