Discover The Life Of A Comic Artist With AT&T’s R.A.I.D. Studio Documentary
Drawing comics is time-consuming, sometimes crushing, occasionally rewarding, and almost impossible to quit if you love it. And it helps if you get to do it around other artists who love it as much as you do.
Those are some of the key takeaways from Comic Book Artists: Next Generation, an AT&T U-Verse documentary about the artists at Toronto's R.A.I.D. Studio (a.k.a. the Royal Academy of Illustration and Design; though it's not a real Royal Academy in the strictest sense). The studio has ten resident artists, but the half-hour documentary shines a light on four key players: Ramón Pérez, Marcus To, Francis Manapul and Kalman Andrasofszky.
Manapul (Detective Comics, The Flash) emerges as the sort-of star of the piece, as the film digs into his personal life and his background more than the other three. The segment about the toll that being an artist can take on relationships is particularly attention-grabbing and eye-opening.
Pérez (Tale of Sand) emerges as the sort of den father of the studio, making business arrangements and talking things out with his studio mates. To (Cyborg 009, New Warriors) gets a big, suspenseful scene near the end in which he pitches his first-ever creator-owned project to Boom Studios, and Andrasofszky talks about his work on the revival of Canadian superhero Captain Canuck.