Leslie "Les" McClaine (co-creator and artist for the Middleman comic) was born September 30 1977 in Ventura, California to Andrew and Lynn McClaine. He grew up in the historic town of Lexington, Massachusetts, where he worked in the public library. After graduating from high school, Les attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he majored in sequential art, and graduated cum laude. Following college, Les created the comic book series, Highway 13 for Slave Labor Graphics, which ran for ten issues. Around the same time, Les produced the popular web-comic Life With Leslie, an autobiographical comic strip that was later published in a collection titled Repeat Until Death.

Currently, Les resides in Portland, Oregon and his work can be seen in the comic book, The Middleman, written and co-created by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, and published by Viper Comics. In 2008 it made its debut as a TV series.

Les has also published a graphic novel through Dark Horse Comics, titled Jonny Crossbones, which also appeared as a web-comic on his website. Les is also an occasional freelance contributor to The Portland Mercury newspaper as an illustrator.

In 2005 Les was nominated for an Eisner Award in the Best Digital Comic category for Jonny Crossbones.[1]


  • Highway 13 (2001)
  • Jonny Crossbones (2004)
  • The Middleman Vol 1: The Trade Paperback Imperative (2005)
  • The Middleman Vol 2: The Second Volume Inevitability (2006)
  • The Middleman Vol 3: The Third Volume Inescapability (2007)


Jonny Crossbones
Jonny Crossbones follows the adventures of a young mechanic who is covered from head to toe in a skeleton costume. He meets a young woman named Gretchen and together they go searching for lost pirate treasure, with many complications along the way.


  1. The 2005 Eisner Awards: Nominees

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