Rick Parker (artist)
|Born||Richard Lowell Parker
August 1946 (age 69)
Miami, Florida, United States
|Pseudonym(s)||Hatch, Ricko, Ricko the Sicko, Skully|
|Beavis and Butt-Head comic book
Rick Parker (born 1946) is an American artist, writer, cartoonist, and educator whose humorous artwork has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Life magazine, and various comic books published by Marvel Comics.
Early life and education
Parker grew up in Savannah, Georgia. He didn't read a lot of comic books as a child — instead, his artistic influences include Little Golden Books and the comic strips Mutt and Jeff and Little Orphan Annie. (He also lists Will Elder, Wally Wood, Carl Barks, Harvey Kurtzman, Roy Crane, and Jack Davis as influences.) Parker earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Georgia, and his Master of Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute.
Parker got his start in the comics industry as a letterer for Marvel Comics, starting in the late 1970s. Parker was one of the four original artists of The Pekar Project (SMITH Magazine, 2009–2010), which brought the writing of the American autobiographical comics pioneer Harvey Pekar to the web.
He also drew the introductory pages of Tales from the Crypt for Papercutz from 2007 to 2009. Parker has illustrated a series of graphic novel parodies (written by Stefan Petrucha) for Papercutz Slices (Papercutz) — titles include Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid (2009), Harry Potty and The Deathly Boring (2010), Breaking Down (2011) (a parody of the Twilight series), Percy Jerkson and The Ovolactovegetarians (2011), and The Hunger Pains (2012).
Parker's fine art consists of paintings, drawings, collage, assemblages, sculpture, lithographs, photographs, performance, and conceptual art. He was the founder of the Barking Dog Museum in New York City (1975–1987). His artwork has been shown at the Hundred Acres Gallery in New York, the NYU Art Gallery, The Georgia Museum of Art, the Pratt Institute Art Galley, Franklin Furnace Book Archives, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, and the DUMBO Arts Center.
Parker's comic art and fine art is in private collections and several institutions.
- C.A.P.S. Grant, 1978
- Village Voice Photo Contest, 1985
- Comics Buyer's Guide Award, Favorite Letterer, 1989/90
- (illustrator) Everything I Really Need To Know I Learned from Television (Applause Theatre Books, 1992) — written by Barry Dutter
- (author) Deadboy (self-published, 2011)
- Parker entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Feb. 27, 2014.
- Parker, Rick. "RICK PARKER'S CARTOONS & DRAWINGS". Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- "Smashwords — Deadboy Part 7 — A book by Rick Parker". Smashwords.com. 2011-03-13. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
- Tobin, Nancy. "West of Chelsea: Rick Parker". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- Guiterrez, Peter. "Local Locals: Rick Parker’s Macabre (but Funny) Mind". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- "The Pekar Project". Smithmag.net. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
- "Papercutz Slices Author Page". Papercutz.com. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
- Mann, Mary (2009-11-10). "'Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid' Helps Bring an Old Comic Series Back to Life - Maplewood, NJ Patch". Maplewood.patch.com. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
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