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Colleen Doran is an illustrator with hundreds of credits for clients including Lucas film, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, DC Comics, Reader’s Digest, Scholastic, and many more. She was artist in residence at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC where she lectured on Hokusai and ukiyo-e prints and their relation to pop culture and manga. She has also lectured on graphic novels in arenas as diverse as the Singapore Writers Festival and the American Library Association.
She has illustrated the work of Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice, J Michael Straczynski, and Clive Barker.
She has two original graphic novels for DC/Vertigo in production, one by Red and Transmetropolitan author Warren Ellis called Stealth Tribes, and another by Eisner nominee Derek McCulloch entitled Gone to Amerikay, which has been profiled in many publications from The Dublin Times to The Wall Street Journal. Colleen Doran’s art, published as the cover to Irish Echo’s St Patricks Day issue, was presented to President Obama. Another original graphic novel for publisher Houghton Mifflin with best selling novelist Barry Lyga entitled Mangaman was chosen among the year’s best by School Library Journal, She also signed with Dark Horse publishing to adapt the short story of Neil Gaiman into graphic novel form. The 64 page graphic novel will be fully painted.
Other credits include Wonder Woman, Amazing Spiderman, X-Factor,Captain America, Teen Titans, and officially licensed illustrations for Indiana Jones, Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings.
Her graphic novel series A Distant Soil, published by Image Comics, was listed among the 101 best graphic novels of all time, and has tens of thousands of readers as a webcomic. A Distant Soil has recently returned to Image Comics, with a final chapter run, and new, digitally restored editions of the trade paperback collections.