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 JoanHilty.net. 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.