Valerie D'Orazio

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Valerie D'Orazio
D'Orazio at the Big Apple Con, November 15, 2008.
Born Valerie D'Orazio
(1974-02-23) February 23, 1974 (age 41)
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Area(s) Assistant Editor, Blogger, Writer, Film maker
Pseudonym(s) Val
Occasional Superheroine
Kamikaze Girl
The Video Store Girl
Notable works
Occasional Superheroine

Valerie D'Orazio (born February 23, 1974) is an American comic book writer and editor.

She formerly worked as an assistant editor at Acclaim and DC Comics. At Acclaim Comics she helped edit Shadowman and Magnus Robot Fighter and at DC Comics she assisted on such titles as Justice League of America and Identity Crisis.

D'Orazio has also worked as President of Friends of Lulu, a charitable organization that works to promote females in the comic book industry and its readership.


After her two-and-a-half-year stint with Acclaim Entertainment under the direction of editors such as Madeleine Robins, Evan Skolnick, and Fabian Nicieza, D'Orazio joined the DC Comics staff in 2000 as Coordinator in their Creative Services department. In March 2002,[1] she was promoted to assistant editor for Editorial Art Director Mark Chiarello.

After leaving DC, D'Orazio began a career as a writer and blogger with a regular feature at Silver Bullet Comics, entitled Kamikaze Girl. Shortly thereafter, she began her own blog, Occasional Superheroine.

In November 2006, she erased the former contents of her blog on comics and began posting a biographical story of her experiences as a female fan of the superhero genre and her work in the industry entitled Goodbye to Comics.[2] Her story includes many references to sexism in the American comic book industry as well as tales of struggles with her health.[3]

D'Orazio's blog was widely commented on and discussed in publications and forums related to comic book criticism.[3][4][5]

In 2008 she was announced as the writer for a new Cloak and Dagger miniseries from Marvel Comics, which was never published, though she later wrote several other stories for Marvel.[6] She is also developing a creator-owned title called Vamptopia, an "Anne Rice meets Quentin Tarantino meets Kurt Vonnegut Jr."[7] story which she is looking to adapt into various multi-media. D'Orazio is also involved in film, and has had her piece "Fathom" displayed at the Invisible Film Series hosted by New Vision Cinema and the Millennium Film Workshop. In July 2007,[8] she was announced as the co-host and videocaster for New Rage Order for Comic-Con International.

D'Orazio, along with her husband David Gallaher, was interviewed by Shari Goldhagen for Penthouse magazine.[9]

From 2010 to 2013, she was the editor of subsidiary MTV Geek.[10]

Charity work[edit]

In September 2007, D'Orazio was named national president of the Friends of Lulu organization.[11] She served as president until 2011, when the organization ceased operations.[12]


Acclaim Comics[edit]

  • The Tick - A World Full of Pain(t), (assistant editor)
  • Darque Passages, (assistant editor)
  • Shadowman, (assistant editor)
  • Magnus: Robot Fighter, (assistant editor)

Bluewater Comics[edit]

  • Beyond: Edward Snowden
  • Beyond: The Joker: The Man Who Laughs

DC Comics[edit]

  • Aquaman, 4th Series - Ongoing Series, #1-4 (assistant editor)
  • Catwoman: Selina's Big Score, (assistant editor)
  • Batman: Black and White, Volume II, (assistant editor)
  • The New Frontier - Limited Series, #1-6 (assistant editor)
  • Identity Crisis - Limited Series, (assistant editor)
  • JLA - Ongoing Series, #91-99 (assistant editor)
  • JLA: Scary Monsters - Limited Series, #1-6 (assistant editor)
  • JSA: All Stars - Limited Series, (assistant editor)
  • Justice League Elite - Limited Series, (assistant editor)
  • Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, (editor)
  • Rose and Thorn, (assistant editor)
  • Hawkman, (assistant editor)

Marvel Comics[edit]

  • Punisher MAX: Butterfly (one-shot)
  • X-Men Origins: Emma Frost (one-shot)
  • Girl Comics (mini-series)

Telekinetic Press[edit]

  • The Horror Lovers
  • Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DC hires online editor, promotes two from within" (Press release). Comic Book Resources. March 26, 2002. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  2. ^ D'Orazio's "Occasional Superheroine" blog and all of its contents has since been deleted or made accessible only with her permission.
  3. ^ a b "More Than Occasionally Super, Perhaps". Blog@. Newsarama. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  4. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (November 30, 2006). "Women in Comics". The Beat. Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Occasional Superheroine vs. DC Comics". Message Board. The Comics Journal. Retrieved 2007-05-29. [dead link]
  6. ^
  7. ^ Marnell, Blair. "The Future is Now". All The Rage. Comics Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  8. ^ "Sometimes the Biggest Fanboy is A Fangirl". New Rage Order. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  9. ^ Shari Goldhagen (June 19, 2009). "Geek Love". Penthouse. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ Friends of Lulu (2008). "Friends of Lulu's 2008 Board of Directors". Friends of Lulu. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  12. ^ Draper Carlson, Johanna. "Friends of Lulu Done and Gone". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 


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