Comic Book Special: inside Toronto’s best-connected comics workshop

Comic Book Special: inside Toronto’s best-connected comics workshop


Click to see a larger version. (Image: Photograph of RAID by Dave Gillespie) Click to see a larger version. (Image: Photograph of RAID by Dave Gillespie)
 

In 2004, a group of illustrators founded RAID Studio in a tiny workshop above a GoodLife Fitness Club on College Street. Now it’s a veritable hub of the geek world, where artists write, storyboard and illustrate comics for DC and Marvel. Here, a who’s who of the city’s hottest collective.

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Marcus To was the artist on Red Robin, DC Comics’ high-octane series about a renegade Boy Wonder.

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Tonci Zonjic is known for his work on Lobster Johnson, a spinoff of Dark Horse’s Hellboy comics.
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Kalman Andrasofsky has produced 100-plus covers for Marvel, including X-Men and The Avengers.
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Francis Manapul has worked as the lead artist on The Flash and Detective Comics.
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Ramon Perez is illustrating Marvel’s relaunch of Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner in The Avengers).
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Cary Nord has sketched for Batman, X-Men, Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian.
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Scott Hepburn is a DC Comics regular, having drawn for Detective Comics and The Flash.