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A Month of Art Stars – Becky Cloonan

Every day this month I’m going to feature a current comic book art “star,” someone whose work I absolutely love.

I’m mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of JH Williams, Frank Quitely and Darwyn Cooke? Here‘s the archive of the artists mentioned so far!

Here’s an artist who we’re lucky enough to see return to one of her most acclaimed early works!


Becky Cloonan first came to my attention when she drew a Channel Zero mini-series with Brian Wood, but I was not prepared for her amazing work on Demo, a 12-issue maxi-series by Wood where each book featured a vastly different character.

Cloonan’s ability to tell a brand-new story with each book was impressive enough, but Cloonan also managed to take on a different style for each issue, which was an amazing feat and added greatly to the artistry of Demo.

Since then, Cloonan has been working regularly (including her own series of graphic novels, East Coast Rising). She just came out with a self-published anthology with a few other artists called Pixu (she did an anthology with the same artists last year called 5 that won the Eisner this year for best anthology).

She was the regular artist on American Virgin during its relatively short run at Vertigo.

Here are some sample pages of her sequential art (from American Virgin #1):

She has a great, evocative style.

Here are some various drawings of Cloonan’s – note her ability to convey emotion through simple designs.

Recently, it was announced that Cloonan and Wood are re-uniting for a new Demo series at Vertigo Comics.

I can’t wait!

Here‘s her website!


Kinda reminds me of Paul Pope.
Similar but different.

I thought whatshis name? B. Wood did only the art on Channel Zero?

Or is this a brand new “Channel Zero”? (other than the first mini or Dupe)

Was Demo in colour?
Some of those interior coloured pages are great.
I’ve only got the Black & White Trade but I’d love to see a colour version (in the style of the image or Flight trades).

Beyond complimenting the craftsmanship of her work, what really stands out to me, is how she depicts the cut of everyone’s hair, their build, and dress…they remind me of my friends (or social group at least) in real life, and that’s refreshing as most comic artists are old, or are just not that social, lol, and the depictions are sometimes a bit off.

Shame On American Virgin ending so early, I adored that series, maybe even more than Demo.

Demo was in black and white.

Anyway, love her stuff. I keep meaning to try and hunt down some of her indy stuff, like Pixu or that TPB of her mini-comics, but I keep forgetting. :(

Definitely looking forward to the new Demo stuff, should be good.

Good or bad, she seems to have an affinity for portraying human misery.

I run a bit hot and cold on her work. She didn’t impress me that much in American Virgin, but some of her work in Demo is excellent.

And, should probably mention, she teaches at the School of Visual Arts.


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