Becky Cloonan

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Becky Cloonan
Becky Cloonan at New York Comic Con 20111014.jpg
Cloonan at the 2011 New York Comic Con
BornRebecca Cloonan
(1980-06-23) June 23, 1980 (age 40)
Pisa, Italy
Area(s)Writer, Artist
Notable works
Channel Zero: Jennie One
East Coast Rising
American Virgin
Pixu: The Mark of Evil

Becky Cloonan (born 23 June 1980) is an American comic book creator, known for work published by Tokyopop and Vertigo. In 2012 she became the first female artist to draw the main Batman title for DC Comics.[1]


Becky Cloonan was born in Pisa, Italy.[2] She went to New York's School of Visual Arts,[3] which offered the kind of rigorous training that Cloonan had been searching for. She still felt drawn to comics, and she surrounded herself with classmates who also adored the medium. She and her friends decided to produce a comics anthology that they called Meathaus.[4]

Cloonan created minicomics and was part of the Meathaus collective before collaborating with Brian Wood on Channel Zero: Jennie One[5] in 2003. Since then, her profile (and workload) has steadily risen; her best-known work to date has been the twelve-issue comics series Demo (2004), also with Wood. Wizard named Demo its 2004 "Indie of the Year."[6] The series was also nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2005, for Best Limited Series and Best Single Issue or One-Shot (the latter of which was for Demo #7, "One Shot, Don't Miss").[7]

Cloonan's first solo graphic novel, East Coast Rising Volume 1, was released by Tokyopop in 2006. East Coast Rising: Volume 1 marked Cloonan's third Eisner Award nomination in 2007, this time for Best New Series.[8] She also collaborated with writer Steven T. Seagle on the Vertigo Comics series American Virgin, which was cancelled with the 23rd issue.[9] In 2012 she became the first woman to draw the main Batman title.[1]

In 2013, she did the art for the series The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, which is written by Gerard Way[10] and Shaun Simon. In 2014/2015, she also co-created and did cover art and stories for Gotham Academy from DC Comics.[11]

She created artwork for the band Leftöver Crack label Qn5 including CunninLynguists and Tonedeff.[citation needed]

In 2015, she was voted #3 of the top 50 female comics artists of all-time.[12] She was also one of only two creators to make the list as both writer and artist, voted #14 among all-time top writers.[13]

In 2017, Cloonan was one of several artists participating in the Pow! Wow! Worcester festival, the purpose of which was to bring large public murals to buildings throughout Worcester, MA. Cloonan painted her mural, which she completed on Labor Day, on the building housing the comic shop That's Entertainment.[14]


Self-published work[edit]

  • Meathaus #6-8 (w/a, anthology, Meathaus Press, 2002–2006)
  • nebuli (w/a, with Vasilis Lolos, 2006)
  • 5 (w/a, with Rafael Grampá, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon and Vasilis Lolos, 2007)
  • MINIS (w/a, collection of original mini-comics, 2007)
  • Bury Your Treasure (w/a, collection of illustrations, 2008)
  • Pixu #1-2 (w/a, with Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon and Vasilis Lolos, 2008) collected as Pixu: the Mark of Evil (hc, Dark Horse, 128 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-59582-340-9; hc, 2015, ISBN 1-61655-813-X)
  • By Chance or Providence: Stories by Becky Cloonan (hc, 108 pages, 2014, ISBN 0-98519-623-8; tpb, Image, 2017, ISBN 1-53430-186-0) collects:
  • Black Church (as editor, w/a: Andy Belanger, 2012)

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

DC Comics & Vertigo[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other publishers[edit]

Covers only[edit]


  1. ^ a b Beck, Laura (February 8, 2013). "Meet the First Lady to Draw Batman Since His Inception in 1939". Jezebel.
  2. ^ "Stats" Archived 2013-01-22 at Estrigious. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  3. ^ Gerard Way Talks New Comic "Fabulous Killjoys," Next My Chemical Romance Album "She went to SVA".
  4. ^ Gale, Robert L. (September 2000). Thaxter, Celia (29 June 1835–26 August 1894), poet and essayist. American National Biography Online. Oxford University Press.
  5. ^ Orcutt, Darby (2012-03-29). "Book Review: Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives: Essays on Readers, Research, History, and Cataloging". Library Resources & Technical Services. 56 (2): 116–117. doi:10.5860/lrts.56n2.116. ISSN 0024-2527.
  6. ^ "Becky Cloonan". DC Comics. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  7. ^ "2005 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "2007 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  9. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "American Virgin", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 22–24, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015
  10. ^ "Heroes Con: 2011: Becky Cloonan Talks Gerard Way's 'Killjoys'". MTV Geek!. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  11. ^ "Art Reveal Interview DC Comics Gotham Academy Becky Cloonan". The Mary Sue. 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  12. ^ "Top 25 Female Comic Book Artists #3-1 - CBR".
  13. ^ "Top 25 Female Comic Book Writers #15-11 - CBR".
  14. ^ "Cover Story: The Return of POW! WOW! Worcester". Worcester Magazine.
  15. ^ Richards, Dave (August 11, 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: Spencer & Cloonan Go to Hell in "Victor Von Doom"". CBR.
  16. ^ Ching, Albert (November 4, 2011). "Spencer & Cloonan's VICTOR VON DOOM Canceled Before Release". Newsarama.
  17. ^ Cloonan, Becky. "Ink and Thunder: East Coast Rising".


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