Renée French at the 2010 Alternative Press Expo.
|Born||1963 (age 52–53)|
|Pen name||Rainy Dohaney|
|Occupation||comics writer and illustrator|
Her work includes "H Day" (Picturebox), The Soap Lady (inspired by the display in the Mütter Museum) (Top Shelf Productions), The Ticking (Top Shelf Productions), and Micrographica (Top Shelf Productions), "Edison Steelhead's Lost Portfolio - Exploratory Studies of Girls and Rabbits" (Sparkplug Comicbooks), and "Marbles in My Underpants" (Oni Press). She also has a weekly strip "The Taint" in the New York Press. Her serialized comic "Baby Bjornstrand" appears on the Study Group Comic Books website. The New York Times said her graphic novels "split the difference between adorable and horrifically gross"; writing about "Baby Bjornstrand", they called it "equal parts Daffy Duck and Samuel Beckett, and all quirky Renée French".
French has a serialized illustrated story in the Fantagraphics Books quarterly Mome called "Almost Sound". She is also the author of the comic book for children, Barry's Best Buddy, released by Toon Books in 2013.
French is married to Rob Pike, one of the creators of Plan 9 from Bell Labs, and of the Go programming language at Google. They split their time between the United States and Australia.
In 2007, French was nominated for a number of comics industry awards - including for best artist nods from the Eisner, Ignatz, and Harvey Awards - for the graphic novel The Ticking. French won the Inkpot award at the 2007 San Diego Comic Con.
Select comics works
- Hagelbarger and That Nightmare Goat (Yam Books), 2013. ISBN 978-0985413828
- Barry's Best Buddy (Toon Books) 2013
- Bjornstrand (picturebox) September 2012
- H Day (PictureBox) 2010
- Micrographica (Top Shelf Productions) 2007
- The Ticking (Top Shelf Productions) 2006
- Marbles in my Underpants (Oni Press)
- The Soap Lady (Top Shelf Productions)
- The Adventures of Rheumy Peepers & Chunky Highlights (Oni Press)
- Grit Bath (Fantagraphics)
- Edison Steelhead's Lost Portfolio: Exploratory Studies of Girls and Rabbits (Sparkplug Books) June 2007. ISBN 978-0974271576
Children's books – as Rainy Dohaney
- "Baby Bjornstrand" on Study Group Comics Books
- Wolk, Douglas (October 29, 2010). "Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of". The New York Times. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
- Jennings, Dana (July 23, 2015). "Summer Reveries, Frame by Frame". The New York Times. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
- "Barry's Best Buddy". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
- "The Go Gopher", Rob Pike and Andrew Gerrand, 24 March 2014, golang.org
- Shankland, Stephen (November 12, 2009). "Google hopes Go will give a browser boost". CNET. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
- 2007 Eisner Awards: 2007 Master Nominations List
- SPX Announces Ignatz Nominees
- 2007 Harvey Awards Nominees
- Renee French drawing blog
- Renee French official site
- Renee French official site 2
- Interview with Renee French