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Joan Hilty

Joan Hilty

Joan Hilty came to DC Comics in 1995 as an editor in the Trading Cards department and moved to the Vertigo imprint, where her projects included the Eisner/Harvey-nominated Uncle Sam and the Harvey-winning You Are Here. She brought Brian K. Vaughan to DC as a new writer on Swamp Thing. With co-editor Axel Alonso, she won the 1999 International Horror Guild Award for the horror anthology Flinch.

She went on to a wildly diverse run in the DC Universe, editing The OMAC Project, Blue Beetle, Flash, Checkmate, Manhunter, Outsiders, and Hard Time, as well as animation-based titles including Looney Tunes, Powerpuff Girls and Harley & Ivy. She currently acquires original graphic novels exclusively for Vertigo, including G. Willow Wilson's Cairo.

Joan is the creator of Bitter Girl, a weekly comic strip about cranky single dykes in the big city, distributed by Q Syndicate. Sample installments and an archive can be found at As an illustrator, she has published work in Juicy Mother Vols. 1 & 2, Ms. Magazine, The Village Voice, The Advocate, Gay Comix/Gay Comics, and Girljock Magazine.