Emma Ríos

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Emma Ríos
Emma Ríos - Lucca Comics and Games 2015.JPG
Emma Ríos at Lucca Comics & Games in 2015
BornEmma Ríos Maneiro
(1976-01-01) January 1, 1976 (age 43)
Vilagarcía de Arousa, Galicia, Spain
Area(s)Comic Book Artist, Illustrator
Notable works
Pretty Deadly, Osborn, Strange, I.D., and Mirror

Emma Ríos Maneiro (born January 1, 1976, Vilagarcía de Arousa) is a Spanish comics artist, writer, and editor with an international presence in the comics industry. She has worked for some of the largest American comics publishers, including Marvel, Image, and Boom! Studios.

Currently, she is working on several ongoing titles: Mirror with Malaysian artist Hwei Lim and Pretty Deadly with American writer Kelly Sue Deconnick. The latter of which earned Ríos an Eisner award nomination for "Best Penciller/Inker/Artist", her second.[1] She is also a rapier fencer specializing in La Verdadera Destreza.[citation needed]


Ríos began drawing as a child and is a self-taught artist.[2] As a young adult, Ríos attended University of A Coruña for architecture and afterwards worked as an architect for a few years while publishing comics on the side in fanzines. In 2008, she refocused her career on comics.[3]


In the same year Ríos resigned from architecture, she participated in Lingua Comica, a transnational comics workshop program funded by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). Ríos has related in interviews that she did not feel like a real comics artist until she was selected for the program alongside Hwei Lim, with whom she currently co-creates Mirror.[4][5] Shortly afterwards, she began to work for several comics publishers in the United States.

Small Press and Fanzines[edit]

Prior to resigning from architecture, Ríos began her career in comics by self-publishing zines in her teenage years. Over time, Ríos was a regular contributor to the Galicia, Spain-based small press and fanzine Polaquia.[3] Here, Ríos published multiple original works including APB (A Proof of Bullets) and other comics.

Boom! Studios[edit]

Ríos debuted in American comics in 2008 with Hexed, a fantasy/horror title under Boom! Studios she illustrated for Michael Nelson.[4]


Ríos first joined Marvel comics as an illustrator for Doctor Strange written by Mark Waid. Ríos accredits Waid for pushing her to pursue a career in Marvel comics, where she has worked on many titles including The Amazing Spider-man, Runaways, Girl Comics, and Osborn, a mini-series about the Spider-man villain Norman Osborn. Ríos partnered with Kelly Sue Deconnick for Osborn, whom she worked on several other projects with across multiple publishers.


At Image, Ríos and Deconnick joined forces for Pretty Deadly, an award-winning and ongoing western/fantasy series. Deconnick and Ríos collaborated previously at Image for “Railbirds”, a graphic reflection and tribute written by Deconnick for her friend, the late slam-poet Maggie Estep a year after her death. This appeared in Island magazine, a monthly comics anthology published from 2015 to 2017, which Ríos co-edited and contributed to with Brandan-Graham. Although the magazine has since ended, Ríos has spoken favorably of her work with the magazine.[2]


  1. ^ "Eisner Awards Nominations 2017". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2017-05-01. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  2. ^ a b "Artist August: Emma Rios [Interview]". Multiversity Comics. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  3. ^ a b "Emma Ríos DEBUXANTE". Consello da Cultura Galega.
  4. ^ a b Rios, Emma. "Asia-EU Comics Project: Spanish comic artist speaks".
  5. ^ "Emma Ríos & Hwei Lim Present: Mirror [Interview]". Image Comics Features. Retrieved 2017-12-26.

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