Adam Riches (illustrator)

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Adam Riches
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Adam Riches at Granite State Comic Con (Sept 2016)
Born (1985-06-20) June 20, 1985 (age 32)
Orange Park, Florida.[1]
Nationality American
Area(s) Artist
Notable works
G.I. Joe
Micronauts
WWE
http://www.adamriches.com http://www.facebook.com/adamrichesart http://www.twitter.com/adamrichesart

Adam Riches (born June 20, 1985) is an American comic book artist, illustrator, and costume designer, best known for his work on Hasbro brands, such as G.I. Joe, where he has illustrated both toy packaging art and comic book covers.[2][3] As well as his costume designs for WWE professional wrestlers.[4]

Early life

Drawing for as far back as he can remember, some of Riches’ earliest exposure to commercial art came in the form of cereal boxes and lunchboxes.[5] At age 6, he was gifted the book How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way, which he cites as being “very influential on me [sic] as a child”. After graduating from Clearwater Central Catholic High School, he attended Ringling College of Art and Design where he studied illustration.[6]

Career

Riches’ first published work occurred while he was still in art school[5], with a pin-up page in Mirage StudiosTales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #52, titled “A Cowboy, A Cowlick, and A Cowabunga!” (Nov 2008).[1] After graduating, he began a career as a freelance illustrator creating original works of art for a variety of clients, including Tervis Tumbler (designing art featured on their tumbler cups), Tristar Products Inc. (illustrations and packaging art for various “As Seen On TV” Products) , Rebel Waltz Inc. (Album art for The Offspring’s “Days Go By”), Boss Fight Studio (poster art for their Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. action figures), Finger Eleven (poster and t-shirt art for their “Tip” 20th anniversary concerts), and more."[6][4][7]

G.I. Joe Action Figure Packaging Art

In 2013, Riches began regularly illustrating packaging art for Hasbro’s G.I. Joe action figures, as well as various items for the official G.I. Joe Collector's Club, such as posters and trading cards. [8][4]

Costume Design

Riches has designed costumes for several WWE professional wrestlers[4]. Including Billie Kay[9], Sami Zayn [10], and Mickie James[11]

Comic Books

In April 2015, after a 6 ½ year absence since his first published work in comics[5], Riches returned to comic books in a noteworthy way, with the release of the Emerald City Comics exclusive variant cover for IDW’s G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #212. The cover, which featured every villain in G.I. Joe history, went on to set the all-time record for the most characters on any single-issue comic book cover, at 280.[12][13][14]. Following the success of that cover, Riches became a regular cover artist on several series from IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios, including lengthy runs on series like Back To The Future, G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Revolution, and WWE.[3][2]

Comics Bibliography

IDW Publishing
  • Back To The Future #6-8
  • G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #212, 219-226
  • Micronauts #1-11
  • Revolution #1-5
  • Rom #2
  • Street Fighter X G.I. Joe #1
  • Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters #1
DC Comics
  • Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #1
BOOM! Studios
  • WWE #1-14
FP Comics
  • G.I. Joe vs Cobra #8, 9
Mirage Studios
  • Tales of the TMNT #52

Personal Life

Riches is a semi-frequent guest host on The Full Force - A fancast about the world of Action Force & G.I. Joe.[15]

Riches is a massive collector of action figures, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, WWE, Ghostbusters, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Star Wars, and G.I. Joe[16], including owning a complete collection of every G.I. Joe action figure released in the United States.[17]

The packaging art of the G.I. Joe action figure, Wide Scope (v2) is based on his likeness. [5][17]

Riches lists artists Drew Struzan, Todd McFarlane, Peter Laird, and Kevin Eastman as being on his "personal artistic Mount Rushmore". [1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Taylor, Dave (April 8, 2016). "Exclusive Interview with Cover Artist Adam Riches". TFAW.com. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Riches, Adam (November 27, 2017). "Adam Riches ComicVine Creator Profile". Comicvine.gamespot.com. Archived from the original on May 3, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Comic Book, DB (November 28, 2017). "Adam Riches Comic Cook Database Profile". ComicbookDB.com. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d Riches, Adam (November 27, 2017). "Adam Riches website". Adam Riches. Archived from the original on September 26, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d Sowell, Jason (November 27, 2017). "Boldly Going with Jason Sowell featuring Adam Riches". state-lines.com. Archived from the original on May 4, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Castillo, Piper (April 9, 2015). "Comic book artist returns to the store of his youth". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on April 11, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  7. ^ Riches, Adam (November 28, 2017). "LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ Riches, Adam (November 28, 2017). "G.I. Joe Action Figure packaging illustrations". Facebook. Archived from the original on November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  9. ^ Riches, Adam (April 10, 2017). "Billie Kay costume design". DeviantArt. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  10. ^ Riches, Adam (December 18, 2016). "Sami Zayn Costume Design". Facebook. Archived from the original on November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  11. ^ Riches, Adam (November 28, 2017). "Mickie James costume design". Twitter. Archived from the original on November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  12. ^ Sims, Chris (February 17, 2015). "EMERALD CITY'S 'GI JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO' #212 VARIANT FEATURES EVERY COBRA EVER". comicsalliance.com. Archived from the original on March 24, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  13. ^ Phegley, Kiel (February 15, 2015). "Behold every "Cobraaaa!" ever in this 'G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero' variant". CBR.com. Archived from the original on November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  14. ^ Lovett, Jamie (February 20, 2015). "G.I Joe: A Real American Hero #212 Emerald City Exclusive Variant Cobra Cover Revealed". comicbook.com. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  15. ^ Inman Eddie, McLeod Christopher, Tree David (November 27, 2017). "The Full Force - A fancast about the world of Action Force & G.I. Joe". The Full Force. Archived from the original on November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017. 
  16. ^ Inman Eddie, McLeod Christopher, Tree David (June 1, 2015). "The Full Force - SERIES 2 - Episode 1". whatsonjoemind.podbean.com. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Sims, Chris (May 16, 2016). "War Rocket Ajax - Episode 304 - Primary Specialty: Combat Artist F/Adam Riches". warrocketajax.com. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 

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