The Royal Academy of Illustration & Design, aka RAID, is an award-winning artist collective established in 2002 and located in Toronto’s historic Parkdale. RAID is a creative ecosystem with a primary focus on creative concepts, idea development, and visual solutions, involving illustration, design, animation, film, or sequential art. As a creative hub our network extends beyond our doors to a larger collaborative community, and is scalable to our individual needs. Story is our passion, let us help you tell yours as we build ours.
[Awards & Nominations]
RAID collectively has garnered critical acclaim through 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.
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ACADEMY
Ramón K PÉREZ
RAID Managing Director | ARTIST & DESIGNER
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, NOVA: RESSURECTION, and personal IPs BUTTERNUTSQUASH, KUKUBURI, and PAYASO.
RAID Sales & Retail Associate
While Rob has not won any awards he has watched Emmy award winning shows.
RAID Human Resources | ARTIST
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. He is currently the artist on Marvel’s EXCALIBUR. When he isn’t drawing, Marcus enjoys playing hockey and hanging out with his turtle, Gramps.
RAID Administrative Assistant
Dot is here to help. Dot works as an illustrator and arts administrator championing accessibility. Disability led to an alternative education and career path within community arts. Dot is the Editor-in-Chief for upcoming book ISLANDS & ASWANGS, previously the Programs Manager at KAPISANAN, and hosts other art facilitation across Toronto.
The RAID Creative
WRITER & ARTIST
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.
Sheldon is the author of forthcoming fantasy-heist epic, TO STEAL THE SUN. He is also lucky enough to have his dream job, working on the hit game Warframe as a developer, producer, and spoiler king. In 2017, he began co-hosting The War with Art podcast, which helps other artists fight their creative battles. He once caught a fly with chopsticks.
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.
ARTIST & WRITER
Born in 1976, Dax “D-Gee” Gordine has been a professional artist for 19 years, with jobs ranging from illustrating web comics (FORESTFOLK and BRAVOMAN) to classical film animation (EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS, CURIOUS GEORGE, OSMOSIS JONES) and computer animation for video games. Most recently he has worked as a concept artist on the PVZ GARDEN WARFRAME franchise. This range of experience in both digital and traditional mediums has made Gordine a versatile and dynamic artist whose work is continually in demand by peers and fans alike. He lives and works in Welland, Ontario.
Andrew is a screenwriter for animated comedy series. Over his illustrious six-year career, he’s worked with such companies as Disney, Corus, and Cartoon Network. Alongside his fifteen produced credits, Andrew was nominated for Best TV Film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in 2018, for his work on Cartoon Network’s Han Gusso. Currently Andrew works as a development executive for Portfolio Entertainment while writing on Teletoon’s adult animated sitcom THE DOOMSDAY BROTHERS.
Scott is a Toronto-based comic book artist most known for his work on the Marvel comic series GHOST RIDER, DEADPOOL, and 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.
Shane Heron was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and has worked in comics since 2007. He is the creator of MORRIS, as well as artist/co-creator with Ricky Lima of the smash hit BLACK HOLE HUNTERS CLUB and has contributed work to volumes 1 & 2 of MONSTROSITY and CAULDRON. Other projects include his own creation THE ALMIGHTY’, Joel Buxton’s AWESOME MARCUS NINJA, and Fearless Fred Kennedy’s MIKE GORBSMITH: THE ONLY ATTRACTIVE RUSSIAN EVER.
ARTIST & WRITER
Joe ‘The Towering’ Infurnari is a cartoonist based in Toronto, Ontario Canada and member of the RAID studio. His work as an artist has been featured in print and on screens both large and small. His comics have been recognized with multiple Eisner award nominations and have appeared in publications by Marvel entertainment Vertigo/DC, Image Comics, First Second Books, Black Mask, and many more.
Joverine, AKA Joe Virens, 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…
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.
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.
Kyle J Smith
WRITER, ARTIST, & VIDEO EDITOR
Over the last decade, Kyle has worked as a video editor and colourist. He spent his spare time writing, illustrating and self-publishing his own comics, but at the beginning of 2017, he decided to take a crack at freelance life to focus on making comics full-time. You can check out Kyle’s recent work in SCARE TALES – a horror anthology collaboration with RAID member Gabe Sapienza, and ‘BLACKMOUTH’ his creator-owned comic on WebToons.
Artist & WRITER
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.
ARTIST & PRINTMAKER
Freelance illustrator and screenprinter specializing in the design-to-creation production of emotive poster art.
WRITER, ANIMATION PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
Mike is an award-winning Animation Producer and director. For 25 years, Mike has created animation and design work for Nelvana, Disney, Cartoon Network, College Humor and bunch of other clients you may or may not have heard of. He’s also the guy who made the CAPTAIN CANUCK cartoon. Now he’s trying his hand at comics with GUTTERGIRL.
ARTIST & CONCEPT DESIGNER
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.
ARTIST & WRITER
Danny is a Toronto-based artist and an award-winning game developer most known for his comic series “LIFE DEATH & SORCERY.” He loves telling stories and collaborating on projects, large and small. He is also the proud owner of a corgi named Ginger F. Puppersons, whom he obsessively gloats about.
The Royal Academy of Illustration & Design is an award-winning creative community of artists, writers, designers, editors, animators, photogtaphers, and many more in a shared co-working environment. As a collective RAID operates as a creative agency with a primary focus on sequential art, idea architecture, & visual development, illustration, and design.
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