Barbara Kesel

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Barbara Kesel
Born (1960-10-02) October 2, 1960 (age 57)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Notable works
The First
Hawk and Dove
Meridian
Sigil
Spelljammer
Awards Harvey Award 1996

Barbara Randall Kesel (born October 2, 1960)[1] is an American writer and editor of comic books. Her bibliography includes work for Crossgen, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, and Marvel Comics.

Biography[edit]

Barbara Kesel initially entered the comics industry after writing a 10-page letter to editor Dick Giordano regarding the portrayal of female comic book characters.[2] Her first published comics story (credited as "Barbara J. Randall") was "He with Secrets Fears the Sound...", a Batgirl backup feature, in Detective Comics #518 (Sept. 1982).[3] She became an associate editor at DC Comics in 1985 and was promoted to editor the following year.[4] In 1988, she wrote a Batgirl Special[5] and then co-wrote, with her then-husband Karl Kesel, a Hawk and Dove miniseries.[6] As a solo writer, Barbara Kesel scripted the Spelljammer series in 1990–1991.[7] She became an editor at Dark Horse Comics in 1991[4] and later was part of Team CGW, responsible for most of the design and creation of the setting and characters in the Golden City location. Kesel returned to DC and wrote the Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl one-shot in 1998.[8] She worked as both a writer[3] and an editor[4] at CrossGen from 2000 to 2004.[2]

As of 2008, she was part of the book packaging company "The Pack" with Lee Nordling, Brian Augustyn, Gordon Kent, and Dave Olbrich.[9]

Kesel is an outspoken opponent of sexism in the comic book industry. She is known for her strong female characters and created Grace, the ruler of the Golden City location in Comics' Greatest World.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to fellow comic book writer Karl Kesel[2] but they have since divorced.

Awards[edit]

Kesel has been nominated for the 1991 "Best Editor" Eisner Award for Badlands, Aliens: Genocide and Star Wars.[10] In 1995, she was nominated for "Best Anthology" and "Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Material" Harvey Awards for, respectively, Instant Piano and Hellboy: Seed of Destruction.[11] She won the 1996 "Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work" Harvey Award, for Hellboy: The Wolves of St. August.[12]

Bibliography[edit]

CrossGen[edit]

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Amalgam Comics[edit]

Image Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Tokyopop[edit]

Characters created[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Contino, Jennifer M. (May 2000). "The Accidental Writer Barbara Kesel". Sequential Tart. Archived from the original on March 11, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Barbara J. Randall at the Grand Comics Database, Barbara Randall at the Grand Comics Database, and Barbara Kesel at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ a b c Barbara Randall (editor) at the Grand Comics Database and Barbara Kesel (editor) at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "1980s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 170. ISBN 978-1465424563. Scribe Barbara Randall and penciller Barry Kitson retired Batgirl after one final adventure in her first solo comic. 
  6. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Written by Barbara and Karl Kesel and drawn by future superstar Rob Liefeld, this five-issue miniseries reestablished the famous pair for a new generation. 
  7. ^ Appelcline, Shannon (2011). Designers & Dragons. Swindon, United Kingdom: Mongoose Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  8. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dougall, p. 236: "In this prestige format Elseworlds tale, a new take on the World's Finest team was delivered to readers courtesy of writer Barbara Kesel and plotter/artists Matt Haley and Tom Simmons."
  9. ^ "Barbara Randall Kesel/Co-founder". The-pack.biz. n.d. Archived from the original on December 31, 2007. Retrieved April 15, 2008. 
  10. ^ "1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on April 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ "1995 Harvey Awards". Harvey Awards. 2016. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ "1996 Harvey Awards". Harvey Awards. 2016. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Len Wein
Watchmen editor
1987
Succeeded by
n/a
Preceded by
Marv Wolfman
The New Teen Titans vol. 2 /
The New Titans

editor

1987–1989
Succeeded by
Mike Carlin
Preceded by
Mike Gold
The Flash vol. 2 editor
1988–1989
Succeeded by
Brian Augustyn