Life and CareerEdit
De Liz was born in Anchorage, Alaska. She grew up reading comics and as a child regularly drew her own. She stopped drawing for a time after high school, thinking nothing would ever come of it. After having her first child and working a series of dead end jobs, she decided to try to see how far she could take her art professionally. In 2004, she joined the DigitalWebbing forums where she found both encouragement from other artists and her now-colorist, inker, and husband Ray Dillon.
In 2005, she attended her first San Diego Comic Con and got her first paid art assignment for Lord of the Rings sketch cards. Other sketch card, and later comic book jobs soon followed. She decided to become a full-time artist and at the same time moved to Kansas with Dillon. They married at the 2007 San Diego Comic Con.
Her work includes The Music Box, with a story by Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rogue Angel, and an adaptation of Peter S. Beagle’s classic The Last Unicorn.
She currently resides with Dillon and her two children in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
In 2011, in conversation with editor Jessica Hickman, they toyed with the idea of doing an anthology featuring all female talent. Dubbing the idea “Womanthology”, De Liz started a forum on her website to see if there was much interest. The response was explosive, and within a few weeks, she had over 140 creators, from first-time amateurs to industry veterans, offering to contribute.
She arranged for the book to be published by IDW, but as all profits were intended to go to the GlobalGiving charity, they wanted her to raise the production costs beforehand. She launched the Womanthology Kickstarter fundraiser on July 7, 2011 with the goal of $25,000. That goal was met in under 20 hours. With fewer than 72 hours left, the project has raised over $85,000, with over 1500 backers, making it the most funded comics project ever on Kickstarter to date, and well on its way to becoming one of the top 30 funded of all projects.