Becky Cloonan was born on June 23, 1980, in Pisa, Italy. After attending New York’s School of Visual Arts, Cloonan began creating mini-comics as part of the Meathaus collective. In 2003, she went on to collaborate with Brian Wood on Channel Zero: Jennie One. The popularity of this series skyrocketed Cloonan’s profile. Later, Wood and Cloonan partnered again on a 12-issue comic series entitled Demo. Demo was named 2004’s “Indie of the Year” by Wizard and was nominated for two Eisner Awards - one for Best Limited Series and the other for Best Single Issue.
Cloonan’s first solo graphic novel, East Coast Rising Volume 1, was released in 2006 by Tokoypop. The manga follows the adventures of punk rock pirates on the East Coast, in a world where New Jersey and New York have become submerged. This novel marked Cloonan’s third Eisner Award nomination, this time for Best New Series. She later collaborated with Steven T. Seagle to create the comic series American Virgin for Vertigo Comics. Her credits also include 5, Nebuli, Bury Your Treasure, Pixu, 9-11 Volume 1, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Vampires, Nation X, and Marvel Knights: Strange Tales II. A few years later, Cloonan’s career made history. Do you know how?
In 2012, she became the first woman to draw the main Batman title since its inception in 1939. “It feels good to be the first, but I didn't think about it when I was drawing. I was just excited: I'm drawing Batman!” Cloonan once said.
Following her stint on Batman, Cloonan worked on The New Avengers, Swamp Thing, American Vampire Anthology, Young Avengers, The Punisher, and Harley Quinn. From there Cloonan went on to draw for the series The True Lives of Fabulous Killjoys, written by Gerard way and Shaun Simon. More recently, Cloonan co-created DC Comics’ Gotham Academy, providing both cover art and stories for the series. She also created artwork for the band Leftover Crack label Qn5, including CunninLynguists and Tonedeff.
In 2015, Cloonan was voted #3 on Comic Book Resources top 50 female creators of all-time. She was one of only two creators to make the list as both a writer and artist. Currently, Cloonan resides in Montreal, Canada where she continues to break glass ceilings and shake up the comic industry.