Josh Wagner

MisCon 28 Attending Professional

Josh Wagner was born with a broken heart. Fresh out of the womb with Patent Ductus Arteriosus, he required open heart surgery to close off an artery that should have closed itself. The doctor who performed the surgery was Leonard Bailey, a scalpel wizard who eventually went on in 1984 to implant the first baboon heart into a human, the 12-day-old girl known as “Baby Fae”. In a startling coincidence, that same year Josh had his heart metaphorically broken for the first time by a girl in his 5th grade class. Her name was not Fae, as much as Josh’s literary sensibilities might wish it. The scar from his operation is still visible, a long jagged thing running all the way up his back from just behind the base of his ribs. Josh continues to insist that this is actually where a dragon once bit him. The scar from his first crush is a bit harder to find.

Josh’s writing career began somewhere around the age of 6 when he dutifully “paraphrased” the plot from Empire Strikes Back and called it his own. Managing to narrowly avoid copyright litigation, this wake-up call put Josh on the straight and narrow, and he decided to try writing original stories. His first atrocious novels, penned clandestinely during class in Middle School, still live in a box somewhere–hundreds of pages hand written in pencil.

In 1992 he published his first short story, a year before graduating high school. “The Finger”, printed by Lost Worlds Magazine was about a secret cabal of world leaders who orchestrated all major global events. Josh would later regain his enthusiasm for politics and secret societies, but until the late 90′s Josh wasted his most fertile years writing bad sci-fi, chasing skirts, and trying to become a rock star. Everything changed in 1999 when he took a six week tour through India. That ancient country got its hooks in him, and Josh milled out his first real novel, The Adventures of the Imagination of Periphery Stowe.

In 2005 Josh quit his job, bought a trailer, grabbed his pup and moved to New Mexico where he lived in the desert working on a novel he will probably never finish. As he hid from the sun and scribbled out absurd ideas on tiny blue notebooks, birds of

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