Joan Hilty is an independent editor of comics and graphic novels. She received a BA in Visual Arts from Brown University and studied concurrently at the Rhode Island School of Design. She was an editor at DC Comics from 1995-2010, editing bestselling superhero titles, directing a childrens' imprint based on licensed animation properties, and acquiring original graphic novels for the Vertigo imprint. She won the 1999 International Horror Guild Award for the horror anthology Flinch. Her current clients include Nickelodeon; Macmillan; and authors published by Tor, First Second, Harper and Penguin.
As an illustrator and cartoonist, Joan is the creator of the weekly comic strip Bitter Girl, syndicated internationally by Q Syndicate from 2001-2012; her work has also appeared in Ms. Magazine, The Village Voice, The Advocate, numerous alternative comic titles, and The Brown Reader. She has written on comics for the Guardian and the Women's Review of Books. She has also taught graphic novels as literature in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, where she resides.