Amanda Conner started out in comics working on small projects for Marvel and Archie. She had been working as an illustrator for New York ad agencies Kornhauser and Calene and Kidvertisers. She worked on a number of launches and campaigns such as Arm & Hammer, PlaySchool and Nickelodeon, to name a few.
However, loving comic books and cartooning the most, Amanda found herself working for Marvel on their Barbie line (many of Amanda’s covers were made into designs for the line of Barbie toys), Disney line which included the Gargoyles books. This was the first time Jimmy Palmiotti worked on a project together, ultimately resulting in marriage…At the same time she was illustrating “Soul Searchers & Co.” for Claypool Comics and worked on other Marvel projects, such as Excalibur for the X-Men line and “Suburban Jersey Ninja She-Devils”.
Amanda Conner did some modeling/art reference work for Marvel mini-series “Elektra: Assassin” in the 1980’s and for Joe Jusko with “Punisher/Painkiller Jane” in 2000 (published in 2001).
During an assignment for Crusade (‘Tomoe’) she and Jimmy Palmiotti became a real team as penciller/inker.
Amanda then moved on to do what is probably her best known work. She did several years as penciler on the hit series “Vampirella” for Harris Comics and drafted 24 issues. While illustrating “Vampirella”, Amanda worked with the top writers in the field, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and Warren Ellis.
Continuing to expand her horizons, Amanda illustrated the best selling crossover “Painkiller Jane vs the Darkness” (Event Comics/ Top Cow Comics) and went on to work on “Painkiller Jane” #0 (the origin book). She also wrote and illustrated a story for “Kid Death and Fluffy”.
Since then, Amanda has moved on and has worked on many of the top titles in comics such as “Lois Lane”, “Codename: Knockout”, and “Birds of Prey” for D.C. Comics Vertigo line, “X-Men Unlimited” for Marvel, co-created “Gatecrasher” for BlackBull Comics, and “The Pro”, a creator owned book for Image Comics with Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis.
Amanda, together with artist/inker/writer and husband Jimmy Palmiotti and writer Justin Gray work together via “PaperFilms”; a multimedia entertainment studio, engaged in screenwriting, art production and multimedia development.
She continuously produces coverwork for “Vampirella”, “Vampirella/Witchblade: Feast”, “Lucky Bamboo Presents”, Marvel’s “Howling Commando’s” #3. Amanda has also been doing a “Blade Trinity” DVD Comic Book Insert as a prequel to the third “Wesley Snipes as Blade” movie. Her first (and to date only) Star Wars cover, featuring Darth Vader and Leia from Episode IV, is an exclusive variant cover to Marvel’s 2015 relaunch of their Star Wars line of comics and was sold exclusive through www.vaultcollectibles.com.
Amanda’s work can also be seen outside the comicbook community in such places as ABC’S Nightline, the New York Times, Mad Magazine, character designs for film and television, and is featured in a Biography magazine commercial on A&E. Amanda does spot illustrations in “Revolver” magazine each month.