Sean Leary began his professional arts career at age 10, writing articles and
drawing cartoons for the national newspaper The Comics Buyers Guide.
Throughout his teens he continued to write and illustrate for various newspapers
and magazines, including Equinox, Tableaux and Elwood Comix and played in
a handful of punk and new wave bands, including The Abstract Ceilings, Cloud
9 and Go! Speed! Go!, collaborating with such future luminaries as Erik Larsen
(``Savage Dragon'') and Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins).
During that time, he also had six gallery showings of his artworks and paintings,
recorded three solo albums of instrumental music and was involved in a
handful of theatrical productions in various capacities.
In college at Northern Illinois University, Sean worked for a variety of
publications including the Northern Star, U. The National College Newspaper,
Link Magazine, GQ, Esquire and Wizard. He published the magazine 'FACED,
which was banned by the university and won a coveted SDX First Amendment
Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
After a brief time working for a handful of newspapers in the Chicago area, he
relocated to the Quad-Cities and began working for The Dispatch, Rock Island
Argus and Leader newspapers, as well as in TV on NBC affiliate KWQC-TV6 and
ABC affiliate WQAD-TV8, and for pretty much every radio station in the
Quad-Cities at one time or another. That included an infamous year as the
co-host of ``Anarchy in the Q-C'' on KALA-FM in 1997, which ended with Sean
and co-host Brad Harvey being kicked off the air in the middle of a broadcast
for various live, on-air transgressions.
Sean's first foray into the book world was as part of the jam book NAKED CAME
THE PLOWMAN in 1997. His first solo book was SEAN LEARY'S GREATEST HITS, a
collection of columns 1990-1999, which was released worldwide in 1999 and has
since sold over 25,000 copies.
In 2003 he founded THE DINGO, a national humor magazine featuring writers
and stand-up comics from across North America. That same year, Sean won
honorable mention in the Scriptapalooza screenwriting competition for the
screenplay TIME CHANGES.
With My Verona Productions (the company he founded with Tristan Tapscott in
2004) Sean produced 21 live stage shows and almost two dozen short films.
Those included critically-acclaimed productions (and regional debuts) of
CLOSER by Patrick Marber, THIS IS OUR YOUTH by Kenneth Lonergan, SANTALAND
DIARIES by David Sedaris, IT'S JUST A RIDE by Bill Hicks, TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by
Mitch Albom and THE PILLOWMAN by Martin McDonagh. My Verona was
actually only the fifth theater company in the world to produce the Tony
Award-winning PILLOWMAN, which was produced and directed by Sean.
My Verona's cinematic collaborators on their productions, Bluebox Limited,
have since been finalists in Project Greenlight and won the MTV Young
Filmmakers Award. In 2011 they'll release their first Hollywood film, IMPULSE.
In 2007, My Verona released its first independent feature film, YOUR FAVORITE
BAND, which can be seen on imdb here. The soundtrack, featuring tracks from
Sean, as well as Mommy's Little Monster, Einstein's Sister, Tripmaster Monkey, Lynn
Allen and more, was released on Dingobi Records.
In 2008, Sean, and his now-ex-wife, were blessed by the arrival of their son,
Jackson Sean Leary. After Jackson's birth, in order to spend more time with him
and experience this new world by his side in Jack's formative years, Sean took a
sabbatical from all professional creative pursuits.
Since 1999, Sean has been published and been involved in the publishing of 18
books, including nine solo works: Sean Leary's Greatest Hits Volumes One and
Two (collections of pop culture columns), Exorcising Ghosts (graphic novel),
Your Favorite Band and Dingo Boogaloo (screenplays), Every Number Is Lucky To
Someone (collection of short stories) and The Girl Of Dreams And Magick
(collection of poetry), My Life As A Freak Magnet (humorous memoir) and Here
Comes The Goot! (children's fiction), co-illustrated with Sean's two-year-old son
In spring 2009, after parting ways with the Dispatch and Argus, Sean founded
Leary Literary Agency, which provides consultation, marketing, public relations
and indie publishing to regional authors.
In fall 2009, Sean founded Get Your Good News.Com
(www.getyourgoodnews.com), the Quad-Cities' first online-only newspaper.
Get Your Good News features positive, fun, uplifting news -- all good news, all
He released EVERY NUMBER IS LUCKY TO SOMEONE on e-book for the Kindle in
2011 and released his first e-Book only pub, FIVE SHOTS TO THE HEART, in 2011 as
Currently, Sean is pursuing on his Masters in Education at University of Southern
California, as well as working on a number of creative projects including:
* A stageplay of his best-selling book MY LIFE AS A FREAK MAGNET, which will
debut at Harrison Hilltop Theater in the 2012 season.
* Pre-production and writing the screenplays for the independent films THE
R-COMPLEX and EVERY NUMBER IS LUCKY TO SOMEONE.
* Executive producing the debut CD for the band Mommy's Little Monster,
which features a song written by Sean, ``Talk Talk.''