Kelly Sue DeConnick

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Kelly Sue DeConnick
Kelly Sue DeConnick, comic writer.jpg
Kelly Sue DeConnick at Heroes Convention 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina
Born (1970-07-15) July 15, 1970 (age 48)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Notable works
Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly, Bitch Planet
Spouse(s) Matt Fraction

Kelly Sue DeConnick (born July 15, 1970)[1] is an American comic book writer and editor and English–language adapter of manga. She is currently writing her creator–owned series Pretty Deadly and Bitch Planet for Image Comics.[2][3]


Kelly Sue DeConnick's first published comic book story was a five-page text story published in CSI: Crime Scene Investigations – Dominos #5 (Dec. 2004).[4] She wrote the Osborn limited series in 2011 which was drawn by Emma Ríos.[5]

She was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Writer in 2014 for her Pretty Deadly series, another project she co-created with Emma Rios.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Kelly Sue DeConnick was raised on various United States Air Force bases and first became interested in comic books and feminism due to her mother.[7] DeConnick is married to fellow comic book writer Matt Fraction with whom she has two children, Henry Leo and Tallulah Louise.[8][9][10] Each year around the anniversary of the day she quit drinking (eighteen years as of June 2018), DeConnick posts an update on social media about her years of sobriety and offering advice to those who are still struggling with their addictions.[11]


DeConnick is a self-proclaimed feminist and takes her position as a voice for women in the comic industry seriously. She started the #VisibleWomen movement on Twitter in March 2016 "to disabuse folks of the notion that women comic artists are rare, to get eyes on said artists & to get them work."[12] In another effort to support new artists, DeConnick helped found Creators for Creators, a non-profit organization that provides grants and mentoring to new artists.[12] When asked about handling sexism in the historically male-dominated comic industry, DeConnick advised, "Be terrifying."[13]

DeConnick makes a point to break the "damsel in distress" stereotype in her work. She received backlash from comic fans for several of the changes made to Carol Danvers comics during her time as a writer for Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel, which resulted in accusations of being "an angry feminist" and taking "the character and [inserting] her feminist agenda."[14] During this time, the character's codename and uniform were changed, although DeConnick noted that plans for these changes "[predate] her involvement by years".[15] According to a 2014 study, the fastest growing demographic for comic readers was young adult women, crediting DeConnick's comic Pretty Deadly as one of the titles capturing this growing demographic's attention.[16]

In response to negative fan response to Captain Marvel, DeConnick created her series Bitch Planet. She explained, "If you want to see 'angry feminist,' then I will show it to you."[14] Bitch Planet is a dystopian series where "non-compliant" women are sent to a "correction facility" on another planet.[17] DeConnick cites Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and RoboCop as influences in the creation of Bitch Planet.[18]

In 2012, DeConnick attended Dundrum International Comics Expo as a guest. When an associated Irish comic news site referred to her only in relation to her husband, fans and fellow professionals created a "not the wife of Matt Fraction" meme in response. Following the attention, the website amended their listings.[19] In 2014, Graham Crackers, a Chicago-based comic shop jokingly referred to DeConnick as "Mrs. Matt Fraction" when reviewing her series Bitch Planet, referring to Matt Fraction as "Mr. Kelly Sue DeConnick" in the same set of reviews. Fans accused them of underestimating the complicated history of referring to a woman by her husband's name and demanded she receive proper recognition for her work. The comic shop later issued an apology and revised the names of the couple on the reviews.[20]

At a 2013 convention panel, she stated that "I am willing to make people uncomfortable so that my daughter doesn't have to!"[21] Following up in an interview the following year, she explained "I don't think it's a goal to make other people uncomfortable. It's something I'm willing to do. I do purposefully try to push myself out of my comfort zone. Which is fairly cliché, but one of those clichés that got there for a reason."[7]



Image Comics[edit]

  • 24Seven Volume 1 (graphic novel, with other artists, tpb, 225 pages, August 2006, ISBN 1-58240-636-7)
  • 24Seven Volume 2 (graphic novel, with other artists, tpb, 240 pages, August 2007, ISBN 1-58240-846-7)
  • Comic Book Tattoo Tales Inspired by Tori Amos (graphic novel, with other artists, hc, 480 pages, July 2008, ISBN 1-58240-965-X)
  • Pretty Deadly (with Emma Ríos, October 2013–present)
  • Bitch Planet (with Valentine De Landro, December 2014–present)

IDW Publishing[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

BOOM! Studios[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Dark Horse Comics[edit]


  • Killing Demons (2003) graphic novel

Manga adaptations[edit]


  1. ^ DeConnick, Kelly Sue (July 7, 2010). "First Ten Lists". Archived from the original on November 2, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Meylikhov, Matthew (April 11, 2012). "Kelly Sue on Reviving Ghost And Promoting Carol Danvers [Interview]". Archived from the original on November 2, 2014.
  3. ^ "Planet 'B': How A Feminist Comic Book Found Devoted Fans Through Absurdity". NPR. October 29, 2015. Archived from the original on July 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Kelly Sue DeConnick at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "2010s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. Dorling Kindersley. p. 335. ISBN 978-0756692360. Picking up where Siege had left off, this five-issue limited series, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and drawn by Emma Rios, started with Osborn as a prisoner.
  6. ^ Sims, Chris (April 15, 2014). "2014 Eisner Award Nominees Announced: Image Leads, Strong Showings From Dark Horse And Vertigo". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Zumski, Christopher (January 29, 2014). "'So My Daughter Won't Have To': Why Kelly Sue DeConnick Fights to Make Women Welcome in Comics". Yes!. Archived from the original on March 31, 2014.
  8. ^ "Conversations with GoD: Matt Fraction". Geeks of Doom. September 29, 2008. Archived from the original on September 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Richards, Dave (April 6, 2010). "DeConnick On Sif, Rescue and Girl Comics". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
  10. ^ Truitt, Brian (November 12, 2012). "Family fuels Matt Fraction's Fantastic Four". USA Today. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
  11. ^ DeConnick, Kelly Sue (June 8, 2018). "Here's your reminder that I'm an addict with 18 years clean & sober". Twitter. Archived from the original on September 3, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Prescott, Gina H. (May 4, 2016). "Women and Comics: Kelly Sue DeConnick". Threadless Blog. Archived from the original on January 9, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  13. ^ Parker, Laura A. (July 8, 2015). "Kelly Sue DeConnick Is the Future of Women in Comics, and She's Terrifying". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on July 9, 2015.
  14. ^ a b Saraiya, Sonia (November 18, 2015). ""If you want to see 'angry feminist,' I will show it to you"". Salon. Archived from the original on November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  15. ^ Hudson, Laura (March 19, 2012). "Kelly Sue Deconnick on the Evolution of Carol Danvers to Captain Marvel [Interview]". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  16. ^ O'Leary, Shannon (March 21, 2014). "Despite Early Sales Slump, Comics Retailers Remain Upbeat". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on September 10, 2014.
  17. ^ DeConnick, Kelly Sue (2015). Bitch Planet. Image Comics.
  18. ^ Foxe, Steve (September 7, 2016). "Margaret Atwood & Kelly Sue DeConnick in Glorious Discussion: Sci-Fi, Tattoos, Angel Catbird, Bitch Planet and So Very Much More". Paste. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  19. ^ Johnston, Rich (August 2, 2012). "Bleeding Cool Is Not The Wife of Matt Fraction Either". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on February 10, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  20. ^ Cox, Carolyn (December 11, 2014). "Chicago Comic Shop Chain Calls Kelly Sue DeConnick 'Mrs. Matt Fraction' In Bitch Planet Listing". The Mary Sue. Archived from the original on December 20, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  21. ^ ZF, Christopher (October 16, 2013). "The Women of Marvel 'make people uncomfortable so that my daughter doesn't have to!'". The Stake. Archived from the original on December 20, 2014.

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Preceded by
Brian Michael Bendis
Avengers Assemble writer
Succeeded by
Al Ewing