Guest of Honour: Colleen Doran

Colleen Doran
Colleen Doran

Colleen Doran is the New York Times bestselling artist for the Neil Gaiman graphic novel Troll Bridge, and Stan Lee’s autobiography Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible Stan Lee which received a Young Adult Library Services Great Graphic Novels for Teens nomination. Books she has illustrated have won Eisner and Harvey Awards, and the International Horror Guild Award. Art from the Troll Bridge graphic novel was selected for the Spectrum annual collection featuring the best science fiction and fantasy art of the year.

Doran’s A Distant Soil was published by Image Comic’s Shadowline imprint. Vector: The Journal of the British Science Fiction Association declared it “groundbreaking science fiction comics…ahead of its time.” Doran created the series when she was 12 at a time when women artists/writers rarely had autonomy over their material. She does all creative work, including the lettering, by hand.

Colleen also worked as a lobbyist for creator rights, and served on the advocacy committee of the Graphic Artist Guild. She spoke in Washington DC to Senators and Congressman and participated in lectures on copyright and digital policy at the Newseum.

Recent works include American Gods with Neil Gaiman, The Clock with Matt Hawkins for Top Cow at Image Comics, Finality from Line Webtoon with Warren Ellis, and several soon to be announced projects. She also worked with Alan Moore on an experimental animated webcomic Big Nemo based on the classic Winsor McCay comic strip.

On The Vampire Diaries she contributed as writer and artist for the comic based on the hit television show, and was artist on the award-winning graphic novels Mangaman and Gone to Amerikay.

Clients include Lucasfilm, Random House, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, Simon and Schuster, and Disney. She has illustrated a wide array of projects including Amazing Spider-Man, The Teen Titans, Wonder Woman, Gotham City Garage, Scooby Apocalypse, Captain America, Superman, Sandman, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

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