|Born||Álvaro Araújo Lourenço do Rio
19 May 1962
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
|Died||31 January 2012
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Álvaro Araújo Lourenço do Rio (19 May 1962 – 31 January 2012) – known professionally as Al Rio – was a Brazilian comic book artist, best known for his "good girl" illustration work, particularly on the American comic book series Gen¹³ and DV8, published by Wildstorm Comics.
Artist Al Rio was born in Fortaleza, Ceará, in northeastern Brazil. He began his professional art career in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s, illustrating books for a local English school. After then working as animation director for the same company, Rio became an animator for The Walt Disney Company, working on such properties as the syndicated Aladdin animated series.
Known primarily for his comic book work, he drew for Wildstorm Comics — particularly on Gen¹³ and DV8, for which he is best known — Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Chaos Comics, Image Comics, Zenescope Entertainment, Malibu Comics, Crossgen, Vertigo, and Amazing Comics. Titles he worked on include Dungeon Siege, Grimm Fairy Tales, Avengelyne, Voodoo, Grifter and the Mask, Secret Files, WildC.A.T.S., X-Men Unlimited, Captain America, Star Wars - A New Hope, Purgatori, Titan A.E., Exposure, Knockout, Mystic, Peter Parker - Spider Man, Spider-Man, Threshold, and Ana - Jungle Girl. He was especially known for his "good girl art".
Rio died January 31, 2012. The apparent cause was suicide by hanging, said his art agency, Glass House Graphics, which Rio joined in the mid-1990s. His funeral was held at Cemitério São João Batista in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.
At the time of his death, Rio had a wife, Zilda, three children: Rene, Adrielle and Isabel.
Exposure Television Adaptation
In July 2013, it was announced that producer Kevin VanHook is developing a television series based on Exposure, the Red Giant Entertainment comic book series that Rio created with agent David Campiti.
- Campiti, David. "Remembering Al Rio". BleedingCool.com. Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-30.
- Minovitz, Ethan (2 February 2012). "Animator, artist Al Rio dies in apparent suicide". The Big Cartoon Database. Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012. "...died Tuesday [January 31, 2012] morning."
- "Behind the deal: Red Giant's 'Exposure' to become TV show thanks to San Diego Comic-Con". Orlando Business Journal. July 31, 2013.
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