Pia Jasmin Guerra is an American-born Canadian comic book artist, best known for her work as co-creator and lead penciller on the Vertigo title Y: The Last Man. She has worked in the comics industry since the 1990s, and has also contributed to Doctor Who: The Forgotten, along with DC and Marvel comics. Guerra regularly does cartoons for The New Yorker and The Nib. She is the author of the Image Comics editorial cartoon book, Me The People.
Pia Guerra at the Vancouver Comicon, March 2006
|Y: The Last Man series|
|Awards||Eisner Award, Harvey Award, Joe Shuster Award|
Guerra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. At the age of 10, Guerra’s cousin visited from Queens and introduced her to comics by leaving his issue of The Uncanny X-Men #129 on a coffee table in her house. After reading the comic, Guerra continued to read comics thereafter. As a self-taught artist, Guerra was always interested in art, but she planned to pursue other careers, such as medicine.
In high school, Guerra attended comic conventions and began to consider pursuing a career in comics. As her plans shifted, Guerra made the decision to forgo secondary education and instead focus on pursuing a career in comics.
During her early career, Guerra did voice over work and worked on many different video games and video game manuals. In 1998, Guerra created storyboards for Boeing Employee’s Credit Union and Microsoft Studios. Before creating Y: The Last Man, Guerra contacted Brian K. Vaughan, and they arranged to meet in San Diego.
Guerra's first major project was the Vertigo title Y: The Last Man, which she co-created with Brian Vaughan and pencilled for. Guerra has worked on various independent titles since the mid-1990s, though Y: The Last Man is known as her "big break" in the comics industry.
In 2005, Guerra worked as a penciller on Marvel's Spider-Man: Unlimited. In the late 2000s, Guerra contributed to a Doctor Who comic entitled Doctor Who: The Forgotten (published by IDW Publishing and written by UK writer Tony Lee), and to a Torchwood series (for Torchwood Magazine) written by Gareth David-Lloyd. She has co-written two issues of Simpsons Comics for Bongo Comics with Ian Boothby.
From 2013 to 2015, she worked on five comic book covers, including a variant cover for Black Canary. In 2017 Guerra has done editorial cartoons for the online page The Nib and regularly does cartoons for The New Yorker.
In February 2018, in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people lost their lives, including three adults, Guerra published a cartoon on her Twitter that gained wide recognition. The cartoon, titled "Hero's Welcome", depicts Aaron Feis, the football coach and security guard who was killed when he used himself as a human shield to protect Parkland students. In the cartoon, a young girl ushers Feis is toward a group of children and adults that represent the victim of school shootings while saying, "Come on, Mister Feis! So many of us want to meet you!" Guerra told The Washington Post that the cartoon was a direct response to her feelings of helplessness in the face of yet another mass shooting, saying, "It's not often that an image pops in your brain and you feel a lump in your throat."
- Card Illustrator: Rage (White Wolf and Wizards of the Coast, 1998)
- Card Illustrator: Legend of the Five Rings (Paul Allen, Wizards of the Coast, Timm, 2000)
- Co-creator and Penciller:Y: The Last Man (with Brian K. Vaughan, Vertigo, 2002–2008)
- Penciller: Heroes Anonymous #2 (Scott Gimple, Bongo Comics, 2003)
- Penciller: Spider-man Unlimited #10 (Maria-Emiko Macuaga and Marc Sumerak, Marvel, 2005)
- Co-writer and Penciller: Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #13 (With Ian Boothby, Bongo Comics, 2007)
- Penciller and Inker: Doctor Who: The Forgotten (Tony Lee, IDW Publishing, 2008–)
- Cover artist: Elephantmen #64 (Richard Starkings, Image Comics, 2015)
- Artist: Black Canary #4 (Brenden Fletcher, DC Comics, 2015)
- Contributor: La BD Est Charlie (Glénat Editions, 2015)
- 2003 Harvey Award: Best New Series (with Brian K. Vaughan and José Marzán, Jr., for Y: The Last Man)
- 2006 Joe Shuster Award: Outstanding Comic Book Artist
- 2008 Eisner Award: Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team (with inker José Marzán, Jr., for Y: The Last Man)
- 2008 Spike TV's Scream Award: Best Comic Book Artist
- Singh, Arune (September 20, 2002). "Vertigo's 'Last (Wo)Man' Standing: Pia Guerra Talks About Hit Series 'Y'". CBR.com.
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- Ferreras, Jesse. "How a B.C. cartoonist sketched an enduring memorial to Florida school shooting victims", Global News, February 24, 2018. Accessed August 26, 2018. "Guerra, a Vancouver resident, was born in Hoboken, N.J., the daughter of a musician from Chile and a mother from Finland."
- "Sequential Tart: Pia Guerra: Y: The Last Monkey". Sequential Tart. July 2003.
- "Pia and the Last Man Standing". Comicon. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-29.
- Minnick, Remy (August 22, 2008). Pia Guerra talks "Doctor Who: The Forgotten". CBR.com.
- "Pia Guerra". The Nib. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- Schmidt, Samantha (February 20, 2018). "This single cartoon about school shootings is breaking people's hearts". The Washington Post.
- Hassler, Chelsea Adelaine (February 22, 2018). "The 1 Cartoon About School Shootings Every American Needs to See". PopSugar.
- "Interview: Pia Guerra". The Outhouse. October 31, 2006.
- "Spider-Man Unlimited (2004) #10 | Comics | Marvel.com". marvel.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- "Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #13 | Bongo Comics". www.bongocomics.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- "Elephantmen #64 | Releases | Image Comics". imagecomics.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- "BLACK CANARY #4". DC. 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- "2003 Harvey Award Winners". The Harvey Awards. Archived from the original on 8 November 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
- "2006 Nominees and Winners". Joe Shuster Awards. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
- "2008 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award and Other Award Winners". Comic-Con 2008. San Diego Comic-Con International. Archived from the original on 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
- "2008 Scream Awards". Wikipedia. 2017-11-12.
- "Le Prix du Festival International de la Bande Dessinée Angoulême". www.hahnlibrary.net. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- "2009 Hugo Award Nominations". thehugoawards.com. thehugoawards.com. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-03-20.