The Royal Academy of Illustration & Design, collectively known as RAID, is an award-winning multi-media creative collective and artist’s society established in 2002 and located in Toronto’s beloved Little Italy District. RAID’s primary focus is creative concepts, idea development, and visual solutions, involving illustration, design, and sequential art. Story is our passion, whether it be through advertising or comic books, helping tell your stories or sharing ours.
[Awards & Nominations]
The creatives at RAID are the proud recipients of numerous awards and nominations across many fields and industries, such as digital media, animation, short-films, children’s literature, video games, and comics.
Notable recognitions include:
Multiple Eisner Awards, Harvey Awards, and Schuster awards in the sequential arts.
Official Selection of the Silver Birch Non-Fiction Awards
ForeWord Book of the Year Award for children’s literature.
Silver medal from the Society of Illustrators
Multiple features in Spectrum and American Illustration.
The RAID studio is honoured and humbled by these acknowledgements of their hard work and dedication.
[Video] The documentary COMIC BOOK ARTISTS: NEXT GENERATION was filmed in 2014, and originally aired on AT&T’s U-verse. The 30-minute documentary takes a peek into the lives of RAID studio members Ramón Pérez, Francis Manapul, and Kalman Andrasofszky, and their lives as visual creatives and storytellers, with cameos by Stan Lee, Alyssa Milano, and Jim Lee.
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ACADEMY
Ramón K PÉREZ
Chief Executive Officer | Artist & Writer
Aside from being the defacto leader of RAID, a benign dictator standing proudly amongst the best damn creatives around, Ramón is a multiple-award winning cartoonist. Best known for his graphic novel adaptation of Jim Henson’s Tale Of Sand, his other lauded works include Jane, a modern day re-imagining of the Brontë classic Jane Eyre, All-New Hawkeye, John Carter: The Gods Of Mars, and personal IPs ButterNutSquash, Kukuburi, and Payaso.
Director Of Operations
While Rob has not won any awards he has watched Emmy award winning shows.
The RAID Creative
Artist & Writer
Kalman is a native Torontonian and resides there still. Much of his work has been on covers for Marvel comics, but more recently he has been noted for his design work on the new Captain Canuck for animation and comics. Kalman also writes the new Captain Canuck comic series and co-writes Captain Canuck Year One with Jay Baruchel, both published by Chapterhouse Comics.
Taran is a published writer and award-winning Creative Director. His comic book series include New Humanz, Knight Guardians and Pioneers of Relativity. He also created the hit Blood Sport Gaming in partnership with Ogilvy Spain. His work has been featured on every kind of press from Vice to Time Magazine. Except for the CBC. He doesn’t have shit on the CBC.
Anthony is the Amazon best-selling author of books such as Arguments About Superheroes and AF 15. An experienced storyteller, Anthony has written novels, screenplays, comic books, and poems. His most recent novel is the heist tale Comic Con Men and he is the writer for the comic book Northguard from Chapter House Publishing. Born in Hamilton, Ontario and now living in Toronto, Anthony travels extensively seeking inspiration around the globe.
Scott is a Toronto-based comic book artist most known for the Marvel comic series Drax. Other titles in his career include Detective Comics, Flash, Powerman and Ironfist, Nova and the upcoming Spider-Man and Deadpool. Scott is one of the last surviving highlanders. Unfortunately there can only be one.
Ian is an Eisner Nominated Colourist that split his youth between small town Ontario and smaller town Cape Breton. He was raised on Nintendo and reruns of ‘The Simpsons’. Somewhere during this time, he learned to draw & colour. He has worked on countless projects for Marvel, DC, IDW, and Boom! Studios including Ms. Marvel, Silk, The Flash, Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Irma is a Toronto-based cartoonist and illustrator who is probably overthinking something at this very moment. She is the sometimes-proud guardian of one angry cat, one terrified cat, and one insolent dog.
Nimit is an award-winning Illustrator and comic book artist. Best known for his work as a cover artist for Marvel’s ‘The Dark Tower’, as well as being the final cover artist for Bill Willingham’s beloved Vertigo series “Fables”. Since joining the studio he’s been slowly trying to usurp Ramón’s title of “sexiest man in comics”
Artist & Writer
Francis is a New York Times best seller and an award winning artist and writer. He is best known for his work relaunching The Flash for DC Comic’s New 52 initiative, and following it up with the company’s namesake title, Detective Comics. He is currently the writer and artist of the DC Rebirth title, Trinity which stars Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Along with working with multiple publishers on various high profile titles Francis has also dabbled in the world of television as one of the hosts of Beast Legends.
Gibson is best known for illustration work on THE WAR ON DRUGS strips with writer Alan Grant in the European magazine WASTED. In North America, Gibson is the regular artist on the ‘Organ Grinder’ stories in the UNDERTOW Comics from 7th Wave. He has also had work published by many comic companies including: Dynamite, Chapterhouse Comics and the Heroes of the North.
Gabe is a Toronto-based illustrator who specializes in storyboards, concept art, and comics. While accumulating a variety of experience in the film, tv and advertising industries–working on projects for companies such as Nike, Ford, Bud Light, and Nissan–he’s pursued his own creative projects. His current focus is on the production of his creator-owned horror comic series “Scare Tales” alongside co-creator Kyle James Smith.
Marcus is a New York Times bestselling illustrator and storyteller who lives in Toronto, Canada. Throughout his career Marcus has drawn virtually every DC superhero, having worked on Red Robin, Huntress, Batwing, Flash, and Wonder Woman. When he isn’t drawing, Marcus enjoys playing hockey and hanging out with his turtle, Gramps.
Eric’s career has spanned nearly twenty years in the entertainment industry. From comic book artist, illustrator, animator, painter to concept artist and art director, he’s had the pleasure of working on many high profile projects. Currently he is employed as the lead concept artist at Digital Extremes, a triple A studio responsible for the smash hit game, Warframe. Alongside this, he works tirelessly away on his personal project Aardehn and on his latest endeavor titled Here There Be Monsters.
Joe, aka, Joverine, is a concept artist & illustrator with almost two decades of work experience in various industries including comic book, animation, video games and toys. His client list includes Udon Entertainment, Capcom, Marvel, National Geographic, LeapFrog, Mattel and many more. He is currently working on his creator owned I.P, Battle Berzerker Balto, a super easy, stress-free, no-pressure project…
Artist & Writer
Tri is the artist and writer of the webcomic The Strange Tales of Oscar Zahn. He has worked extensively in the video games and animation industry and his list of clients includes Ubisoft, Capybara Games and Corus Entertainment. He is currently hard at work on reducing his unreasonably-sized bicycle collection.
Artist & Writer
Tonci is a Croatian comic book artist and illustrator most known for his work on “Lobster Johnson” with Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, and for the creator-owned, Eisner-nominated series “Who is Jake Ellis?” with Nathan Edmondson.
The Royal Academy of Illustration & Design is Kalman Andrasofszky, Taran Chadha, Scott Hepburn, Ian Herring, Irma Kniivila, Nimit Malavia, Francis Manapul, Ramón Pérez, Gibson Quarter, Gabe Sapienza, Marcus To, Eric Vedder, Joe Vriens, Tri Vuong, & Tonci Zonjic, with a primary creative focus on sequential art, visual development, illustration, and design.