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Becky Cloonan
Born: June 23, Pisa, Italy.
Lives: North of the Wall
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral

Becky Cloonan is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator who started self-publishing mini comics in 1999. Since then she has gone on to work with Vertigo, Dark Horse, Harper Collins and Marvel, with editions of her work published in several countries around the world. She still tries to self-publish a new mini comic every year.

<3 Becky

2013 APPEARANCES
★ June 22- Signing at Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH! Noon-2pm!
★ August 22-25- Fan Expo, Toronto, Canada!
★ Sept 28-29- D.I.C.E., Dublin, Ireland!

NEW RELEASES
June 12 - KILLJOYS issue 1 (Dark Horse)
June 19 - DEMETER (Self-Published)
Aug 7 - American Vampire Anthology (Vertigo)
July 10 - KILLJOYS issue 2 (Dark Horse)

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THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS
Written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon
Art by Becky Cloonan, Colors by Dan Jackson
Published by Dark Horse (2013)

Years ago, the Killjoys fought against the tyrannical megacorporation Better Living Industries, costing them their lives, save for one—the mysterious Girl. Today, the followers of the original Killjoys languish in the Desert while BLI systematically strips citizens of their individuality. As the fight for freedom fades, it’s left to the Girl to take up the mantle and bring down the fearsome BLI or else join the mindless ranks of Bat City!

★ The follow-up to the album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys!
★ Pre-Order True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys at TFAW!

           

DEMETER
by Becky Cloonan
Self Published (2013)
28 pages with a 4 color silk-screened cover.
Order it online, or download it for $0.99 on ComiXology!

A fisherman's wife tends the garden and animals while her husband is at sea, but secrets buried under the waves begin to bubble to the surface revealing a secret treachery and forgotten truth. The third and final book in a trilogy of critically acclaimed stand-alone stories by award winning creator Becky Cloonan.

Comic Bastards gives DEMETER a 5/5, and enough kind words to make me blush!
Newsarama also gives Demeter a perfect 10/10! Whoa!
★ Daniel Elkin and Keith Silva have an in-depth analyses of Demeter over at Comics Bulletin!
Talking comics says DEMETER "is a must buy."
IGN gives DEMETER an A+! That's like the best grade I ever got.

     

THE MIRE
by Becky Cloonan
Self Published (2012)
28 pages with a 3 color silk-screened cover.
Order it online or download it for $0.99! Also available on the Nook, Kindle, Kobo and iBookstore.!

The much anticipated follow-up to 2011's WOLVES, THE MIRE is a self-contained story set on the eve of battle, when a humble squire is given the task of delivering a letter to a decomposing castle in a swamp. Met with mysterious apparitions, he slowly unveils the truth about why he was sent there, as his past is re-written over the course of twenty two pages.

★ Nominated for an EISNER AWARD for best single issue! WHOA!! :D
Comics Bulletin calles THE MIRE "A complete delight!"
What'cha Reading gives THE MIRE a 5/5!
Matt Demers says both WOLVES and THE MIRE are "pretty damned strong."
Comic Book Bin gives THE MIRE a 10/10, and calls it "Sharp, short, and beautiful... sublimely frightening".

     

WOLVES
by Becky Cloonan
Self Published (2011)
24 pages with a 3 color silk-screened cover.
Order it online, or download it for $0.99! Also available on the Nook, Kindle, Kobo and iBookstore.

As a lone hunter tracks an elusive beast through the forest, he reflects on his life and past love through a series of flashbacks, bringing the story to a climax that is as romantic as it is violent. This powerful mini-comic lends itself to multiple read-throughs, never giving concrete answers but (like the best enigmatic endings) leaves your own conclusions satisfying. This critically-acclaimed short story also made CBR's "Top 100 comics of 2011" list, coming in at #67!

★ "Beautiful, haunting, and refreshingly mysterious." -Mike Mignola
★ "Wolves has three of my favorite things- swords, blood, and beards. I can't grow a beard and this comic had me longing for more advanced genes. And by the way it's beautiful." -Gerard Way
★ "Wonderful and haunting! Becky Cloonan's amazing brush fills in those shadowy places and dark recesses that go bump in the night!" -Guy Davis
★ "I love Becky Cloonan's work - and never more so than when she's working on her own material. This stuff is just beautiful." -Frank Quitely
★"In 'Wolves,' Becky Cloonan gives readers a haunting, beautiful and tragic tale of horror, sword and sorcery, and doomed romance. It's a short done in one story but the visceral action and characters' emotions jump right off the page and pull you into the mysterious tale. In 20 pages of story and art, Cloonan tells one of the best and most powerful stories of 2011."- CBR Staff Writer Dave Richards

     

DRACULA
Written by Bram Stoker with illustrations by Becky Cloonan
Published by Harper Design (Illustrated Classics) (2012)

The novel that made vampire a household word, Bram Stoker's "Dracula" has been delighting - and chilling - readers for well over 100 years. Now the immortal Count returns in this stunning new edition, offering the complete text of Stoker's dark masterwork adorned with more than 50 original illustrations by renowned, award-winning artist Becky Cloonan. A more contemporary Count Dracula - rendered edgier, more colourful and stylishly macabre with Victorian overtones, through Cloonan's unparalleled artistic skill and unique visual imagination - takes flight in this magnificent hardcover volume.

           

NEW 52: BATMAN #12/ SWAMP THING ANNUAL #1
Written by Scott Snyder with art by Becky Cloonan
Published by DC (2012)

BATMAN 12- The epilogue to "The Court of Owls," and the introduction of Harper Row!
IGN gives this issue a 9.5/10, saying "Batman #12 is a complete triumph. This is the kind of issue that we get far too few of in superhero comics."
Comic Book Resources gives Batman 12 a 4.5 out of 5, saying "Cloonan's storytelling is excellent... There's movement, there's emotion being conveyed."

SWAMP THING ANNUAL 1- Years ago, Alec Holland met Anton Arcane... and the seeds of that encounter created the nightmare that is Rotworld! This extra-sized tale of monsters and madness examines one of the greatest rivalries in the DC Universe.
Comic Vine says, "Cloonan does an amazing job bringing the the characters to life and leaves you craving for more."

     

CONAN THE BARBARIAN

Written by Brian Wood with art by Becky Cloonan
Issues 1-3 & 7, Published by Dark Horse (2012)
Cover illustrations: Massimo Carnevale
Colorist: Dave Stewart

In this sweeping adaptation of Robert E. Howard's fan-favorite "Queen of the Black Coast," Conan turns his back on the civilized world and takes to the high seas alongside the pirate queen Bźlit, setting the stage for an epic of romance, terror, and swashbuckling. This is Conan as you've never seen him, with the combination of one of Robert E. Howard's greatest tales and the most dynamic creative team in comics!
Comics Bulletin gives the first three issues a perfect 5/5!
★ IGN gives both issue 1 and issue 3 a 9/10!

        

NORTHLANDERS: The Girl in the Ice (issues #35-#36)
By Brian Wood with art by Becky Cloonan.
Published by DC/Vertigo (2010)
Set during a period of civil war, an Icelandic fisherman finds the body of a young girl embedded in the thick ice ringing his lake. Unable to leave her, he goes to great lengths to excavate the corpse and vows to solve the mystery of her death. But when warriors associated with the local clan come around, he's driven to conceal the body, and events quickly spiral out of his control. ("The Girl in the Ice" will be collected in the METAL TPB, out in July.)

"The first thing that hits you upon opening the book is the breathtaking art. The landscapes, the pacing of the character -- it's a sight to behold… Becky Cloonan delivers on the spot." -Comixology
"Becky Cloonan’s art is some of the best work of her entire career. It is simply gorgeous." - The Comic Book Shoppe
"...perhaps [Cloonan] and Wood bring out the best in each other as collaborators." -13 Minutes
"NORTHLANDERS is probably my favourite book coming out of DC right now." -Warren Ellis

     

DEMO
By Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan.
Published by DC/Vertigo
Short stories of normal people with extra-normal abilities, Demo is "what the X-Men would be if they were created today" (CBR). This pioneering series blazed the trail for dozens of indie books and has been translated and published around the world.

"DEMO altogether is less reminiscent of other comics series than of a thematic rather than continuous-narrative novel, such as John Horne Burns' The Gallery (1947). High praise, maybe, but deserving." —BOOKLIST
"There isn't a single story here that I didn't love, that didn't make me think, that didn't thud home in my heart" - BoingBoing
"The short slice-of-life format becomes more emotionally captivating than nearly any ongoing series I have come across. Every single story made me stop, made me think, made me grasp at straws in order to relate." - Girl's Entertainment Network
Indie Of The Year - Wizard Magazine
Selected for the New York Public Library's "Books For The Teen Age" 2007
Selected for the American Library Association's Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for teens.

     

PIXU: The Mark of Evil
By Gabriel BŠ, Becky Cloonan, FŠbio Moon, and Vasilis Lolos
Published by Dark Horse (2009)
This gripping tale of urban horror follows the lives of five lonely tenants - strangers - whose lives become intertwined when they discover a dark mark scrawled on the walls of their building. The horror sprouts quite innocently from a small seed and finds life as something otherworldly, damaged, full of love, hate, fear, and power. As the walls come alive, everyone is slowly driven mad -- defenseless against the evil in the building, stripped of free will, leaving only confusion, chaos, and eventual death.

Originally self-published as a two-volume book, this groundbreaking work features a deluxe presentation in a hardcover edition with a sketchbook section.

The story telling here is beautiful, creating a real sense of dread and supernatural menace. Smart, subtle and genuinely disturbing. -Mike Mignola
Pixu is a four-way collaborative Horror comic, and it works. The level at which Pixu crept under my skin was unexpected. -Alex Carr, Omnivoracious
Nominated for "Best Anthology" in the 2009 Harvey Awards.

     

AMERICAN VIRGIN
By Steve T. Seagle and Becky Cloonan.
Published by DC/Vertigo (2006-2008)
Adam Chamberlain is a 20-year-old youth minister, a best-selling author, and most important, the head of a rabid national virginity movement. But practicing virgin or not, Adam is about to lose it when his girlfriend is killed.

Spiritual and grungy, a wholly original piece of work... It takes religion, a subject usually approached in pop culture with either bloodless piety or tiresome blasphemy, and gives the matter some hard, honest thought. -Entertainment Weekly
Steven T. Seagle tests our moral tolerance with a stunning new graphic novel, American Virgin. -Penthouse Magazine
GLAAD Media Award Nominee for Outstanding Comic Book

           

EAST COAST RISING
By Becky Cloonan.
Published by Tokyopop
Becky Cloonan's East Coast Rising takes a decidedly urban approach to the pirate life with a mixture of punk rock, street gangs and a half-submerged wasteland once known as New York... this graphic novel marks the full-length debut of Eisner-nominated artist Cloonan. For longtime fans, it's a book they've heard about for years; for the newcomer, it's an ideal opportunity to discover a cartoonist praised by Entertainment Weekly and the Village Voice as a talent to watch. (Publishers Weekly)

How can one of the most exciting and unconventional comic artists on the scene turning her hand to a work marketed as OEL in a high spirited adventure not be a real treat? ...In a work like East Coast Rising brings together the energy of pop energy of comics with a modern and informed look. Like a painting with evident brush strokes, in Cloonan's work the ink lines visual convey the energy of creation in the bold style. -Ain't It Cool News
Nominated for Best New Series in the 2007 Eisner Awards.
Finalist for Japan's 1st International Manga Award (2007).
Tragically canceled after volume 1, leaving 130 completed pages of volume 2 in limbo. You can, however, see 18 pages on my blog.

     

Channel Zero: JENNIE ONE
By Brian Wood with art by Becky Cloonan
Published by Dark Horse
What happened to Jennifer Havel that turned her into info-terrorist and media-slut Jennie 2.5, heroine of the internationally-acclaimed graphic novel CHANNEL ZERO? CZ: JENNIE ONE tells the story as she drops out of art school and builds her socio-political consciousness during one of the most turbulent and violent periods of American history... the passing of the Clean Act and the loss of free speech. Artist Becky Cloonan puts the perfect images to Brian Wood's story: a perfect complement to the original Channel Zero but with a style all its own. A must-have for even the most casual Channel Zero fan.

Becky Cloonan, who has been kicking out some stellar mini-comics over the past few years... She brings an organic quality to the story that stands in stark contrast to the harsh world that Wood has created, combining for a worthy follow-up to the original CHANNEL ZERO. -ArtBomb.net
Prequel to Brian Wood's Channel Zero, and Becky Cloonan's first major published work.

     

This is a selection of some of the compilations I've been involved with over the last few years. Most of them are in print, just click on the image to get more information about each book.
              
              

For a larger selection of my illustrations please see my blog Ink and Thunder, where I update about work, life and process. There is also an archive of some older work over on my DeviantArt account going back several years. If you're really curious, I post sketches and other malarky on Instagram

              
              

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