Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

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Rosemary Valero-O'Connell
A woman with curly black hair and large disc earrings with scorpions on them speaks into a microphone in front of a gray wall.
Valero-O'Connell at Small Press Expo in 2019
Born (1994-10-28) October 28, 1994 (age 25)
OccupationIllustrator, Cartoonist
EducationBFA in Comic Art
Notable worksLaura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Rosemary Valero-O'Connell is an American illustrator and cartoonist.[1][2][3] She is known for her work with DC Comics and BOOM! Studios. In 2016, it was announced that she had begun illustrating a graphic novel with Mariko Tamaki for First Second, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me.[4]

Early life[edit]

Rosemary Valero-O'Connell was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Zaragoza, Spain. She graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in Comic Art in 2016.[5] Valero began a working relationship with First Second Comics after her editor purchased a copy of a 22-page minicomic she had written over a summer from the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art's festival.


On June 15, 2015, the cover art was revealed for the first graphic novel edition of Steven Universe, which Valero-O'Connell illustrated. The comic was released in December of that same year under the title "Steven Universe: Too Cool for School".[6]

In 2016, Valero worked with DC Comics and BOOM! Studios on a crossover comic issue of Gotham Academy and Lumberjanes as primary illustrator.[7]

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me[edit]

The cover of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me was revealed September 24, 2018.[8]

The graphic novel was released May 7, 2019.[9][10]


Graphic novels[edit]

Comic series[edit]

Web comics[edit]

  • If Only Once, If Only For A Little While[19][20]


In 2018, Valero-O'Connell was nominated for two Eisner Awards, Best Coloring and Best Single Issue / One-Shot, for her comic What is Left.[21][22] In 2019 Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel[23] as well as the Best Children's or Young Adult Book Award from the Harvey Awards.[24]


  1. ^ a b Rude, Mey Valdivia (2018-06-19). "Drawn to Comics: Rosemary Valero-O'Connell's "What Is Left" Dreams Through Space and Memories". Autostraddle. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  2. ^ Akhtar, Zainab. "10 female cartoonists you need to know". AV Club. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  3. ^ "How a 22-year-old cartoonist balances work and life". VICE News. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  4. ^ Brown, Tracy. "Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell announce 'Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me' - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  5. ^ "Rosemary Valero-O'Connell". Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  6. ^ Brown, Tracy. "Exclusive cover reveal: 'Steven Universe' graphic novel continues to dream big". Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  7. ^ "Rosemary Valero-O'Connell Reveals 'Lumberjanes' Art Process". ComicsAlliance. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Cover Reveal of Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell's Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me". Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  9. ^ "The Rundown: September 25, 2018". Multiversity Comics. 2018-09-25. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  10. ^ "Interview: Mariko Tamaki". Geeks OUT. 2018-06-20. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  11. ^ "What Is Left by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell graphic novel review". SciFiNow. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  12. ^ "The 10 best comics of 2017". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  13. ^ "Six Independent Comics You Need to Read". FEM Newsmagazine. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  14. ^ "From superhero comics to sensitive (and oft-challenged) graphic novels, writer Mariko Tamaki loves it all". Dallas News. 2018-03-27. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  15. ^ "Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 (review)". CBR. 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  16. ^ "Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 is the Crossover We've Been Waiting For". The Mary Sue. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  17. ^ Lake, Jeff (2016-06-08). "Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  18. ^ Whitbrook, James. "Lumberjanes and Gotham Academy Are Getting the Most Delightful Comic Crossover Ever". io9. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  19. ^ Davis, Lauren. "A Short Webcomic About Grief That Will Leave A Lump In Your Throat". io9. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  20. ^ "The Best Short-Form Comics of 2016". The Comics Journal. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  21. ^ "2018 Eisner Awards Nominations". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2018-04-23. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  22. ^ "ShortBox Partenering with US-Based White Squirrel for North American Distribution". The Beat. 2018-07-13. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  23. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (2019-09-16). "'Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me' leads 2019 Ignatz Award winners". Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  24. ^ Arrant, Chris (October 5, 2019). "And the Winners of the 2019 HARVEY AWARDS are..." Newsarama.

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