- Illustrator: Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand
A child of the 1970s, Ramón K. Pérez was born early to immigrant parents in a small suburban town of southern Ontario, Canada. A visit to a drive-in double feature of Buck Rogers and Battlestar Galactica at an early age sparked his imagination and set the stage for his future career.
Now an established cartoonist and illustrator for well over a decade, Ramón’s catalogue of work is as diverse as the styles he employs. A firm believer that every story has its own voice, Ramón tends to manipulate his art to better fit the tale. He has garnered such accolades as The Honour Book and Official Selection 2008 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Awards, ForeWord Reviews’ 2010 Book of the Year Award, and numerous Shuster nominations for his collaborative works in children’s literature and digital comics. His repertoire of clients includes Archaia, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse Comics, Owl Kids, Scholastic Canada, McClelland & Stewart, Lucasarts, Epitome Pictures, Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, Clorox, various magazine publications and the people where it all began: Palladium Books Inc.
Aside from Tale of Sand, recent highlights include Captain America and the First Thirteen, Deadpool Team -Up #883, Dazzler, Resistance, JSA: Classified, DeGrassi: Extra Credit Volume 2, numerous covers for Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and his self-authored and illustrated RIFTS: Machinations of Doom. Outside of comics, Ramón’s illustrations have peppered roleplaying games, children’s books, magazines and advertising campaigns. His work can be seen throughout Palladium Books’ RIFTS RPG series, In Nomine for SJGames, various publications for Wizards of the Coast and more. In children’s literature he is best known for his collaborations on Fear This Book and The Cyclist’s Bikelist for Tundra Books.
Outside of his Professional career, Ramón is constantly fostering his independent works: Butternutsquash, a slice-of-life comedy, and Kukuburi, an otherworldly fantasy adventure series. Other permutations percolating in his cranium involve space operas, westerns and crime dramas, but all in due time as every story has its moment. To peruse more of Ramón’s work, visit ramonperez.com.
At the end of the day, Ramón calls an old converted stablehouse in the middle of downtown Toronto, Ontario home, where he lives with his four plants, Boba Fett, curious affectations and ephemera, wondering where life will take him next.