Valerie D'Orazio (born February 23, 1974), sometimes credited as Valerie Gallaher, is an American comic book writer and editor.
Life & Career[edit | edit source]
Gallaher was hired as assistant editor at Acclaim Comics in 1997, where she helped edit Shadowman and Magnus Robot Fighter. After two-and-a-half years with Acclaim under the direction of editors such as Madeleine Robins, Evan Skolnick, and Fabian Nicieza, she joined the Creative Services Department at DC Comics in 2000. In March 2002, she became assistant editor to Editorial Art Director Mark Chiarello on titles such as Aquaman, Batman: Black and White, and JLA. She also assisted on such titles as Justice League of America and Identity Crisis.
After leaving DC in 2004, D'Orazio began a career as a blogger under a variety of pseudonyms. In 2006, she wrote an autobiographical series about her experiences with sexism in the American comic book industry, fandom and her health struggles entitled Goodbye to Comics.
As a writer for Marvel Comics, she wrote X-Men: Origins: Emma Frost, Punisher: Butterfly, Girl Comics, and X-Men Evolutions. She also wrote two stories for Bluewater Comics: Beyond: Edward Snowden, and Beyond: The Joker: The Man Who Laughs.
D'Orazio was the final President of Friends of Lulu, a non-profit organization that promoted women comic book creators and readers. She served from 2007-2010, after which the group was disbanded.
She was the editor-in-chief of MTV.com subsidiary MTV Geek, a blog that covered comics, video games, and geek culture, for most of its existence from 2010 to 2013. In April 2011, she married comic book writer David Gallaher.
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
Acclaim Comics[edit | edit source]
- The Tick - A World Full of Pain(t), (assistant editor)
- Darque Passages, (assistant editor)
- Shadowman, (assistant editor)
- Magnus: Robot Fighter, (assistant editor)
DC Comics[edit | edit source]
- Aquaman, 4th Series - Ongoing Series, #1-4 (assistant editor)
- Catwoman: Selina's Big Score, (assistant editor)
- Batman: Black and White, Volume II, (assistant editor)
- The New Frontier - Limited Series, #1-6 (assistant editor)
- Identity Crisis - Limited Series, (assistant editor)
- JLA - Ongoing Series, #91-99 (assistant editor)
- JLA: Scary Monsters - Limited Series, #1-6 (assistant editor)
- JSA: All Stars - Limited Series, (assistant editor)
- Justice League Elite - Limited Series, (assistant editor)
- Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, (editor)
- Rose and Thorn, (assistant editor)
- Hawkman, (assistant editor)
Marvel Comics[edit | edit source]
- Punisher MAX: Butterfly (writer)
- X-Men Origins: Emma Frost (writer)
- Girl Comics (writer)
Sources[edit | edit source]
- "DC hires online editor, promotes two from within", Comic Book Resources. Published 26 Mar 2002. Accessed 31 Oct 2017.
- McMillan, Graeme. More Than Occasionally Super, Perhaps" (archive.org), Blog@Newsarama. Published 24 Nov 2006. Archived 14 Mar 2013.
- "Board of Directors", Friends of Lulu. Accessed 31 Oct 2017.
- Carlson, Johanna Draper. "Friends of Lulu Done and Gone" (archive.org), Comics Worth Reading. Published 30 Jun 2011. Archived 18 Oct 2014.
- MacDonald, Heidi. "Friends of Lulu to end in September", Comics Beat. Published 28 Jul 2010. Accessed 31 Oct 2017.
- MacDonald, Heidi. "Congrats to Valerie D'Orazio and David Gallaher", Comics Beat. Published 25 Apr 2011. Accessed 31 Oct 2017.
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