From Rick Geary

Here is a shot of  my studio, where I spend many hours per day, not unlike the average office worker, except that I can get up and leave whenever I want.  Note the television (always on) and the bottle of Diet Dr. Pepper.

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About the Author

Rick Geary
Rick Geary
Rick Geary was born in 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where his first cartoons were published in the University Daily Kansan.

He worked as staff artist for two weekly papers in Wichita before moving to San Diego in 1975.

He began work in comics in 1977 and was for thirteen years a contributor to the Funny Pages of National Lampoon. His comic stories have also been published in Heavy Metal, Dark Horse Comics and the DC Comics/Paradox Press Big Books. His early comic work has been collected in Housebound with Rick Geary from Fantagraphics Books.

During a four-year stay in New York, his illustrations appeared regularly in The New York Times Book Review. His illustration work has also been seen in MAD, Spy, Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, and American Libraries.

He has written and illustrated three children’s books based on The Mask for Dark Horse and two Spider-Man children’s books for Marvel. His children’s comic Society of Horrors ran in Disney Adventures magazine from 1999 to 2006. He is currently the artist for the new series of Gumby comics, written by Bob Burden.

His graphic novels include three adaptations for CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED and the continuing series A Treasury of Victorian Murder for NBM Publishing, the latest of which is The Saga of the Bloody Benders. In 2007, he wrote and illustrated J. Edgar Hoover: A Graphic Biography for Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Rick has received the Inkpot Award from the San Diego Comic Convention (1980) and the Book and Magazine Illustration Award from the National Cartoonists Society (1994).

He and his wife Deborah can be found every year in the Artists Alley at San Diego Comic Con International. In 2007, after more than thirty years in San Diego, they moved to the town of Carrizozo, New Mexico.

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2 Comments on "From Rick Geary"

  1. Hi Rick,

    it’s great to see your studio from which so much great work and so many perfectly parallel lines have been produced.

    My advice is to turn off the tv, and turn on internet radio and spoken word stuff. It is great and the pictures all happen in your head.

    Here are two great sites for entertaining spoken word stories

    The first is from the BBC. Each show is up for 7 days before it gets replaced by the next weeks episode. You can go by the shows name or the daily schedule. There is lots of good crime (and a brilliant Sherlock Holmes series) some good comedy too.

    I have just been doing a caricature of Vincent Price and found this goldmine of his spoken word and radio performances…creepy. I especially love the SUSPENSE story – “Three Skeleton Key”

    Anyway, keep up the fantastic work you are doing with NBM!


    —> ROBin

  2. I forgot to say that it is really nice to see your pencil roughs on this blog. It is so distinctive the way you change the shading into the patented “Geary linework” and singular lettering.

    –> ROBin

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