Riley Rossmo

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Riley Rossmo
Riley Rossmo.jpg
Rossmo in 2012
Nationality Canadian
Area(s) Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Cowboy Ninja Viking
Green Wake

Riley Rossmo is a Canadian comic book artist and illustrator, known for his work on various Image Comics titles, as well as Marvel Comics' Daken: Dark Wolverine. Rossmo is an instructor at the Alberta College of Art and Design.

Personal life[edit]

Originally from Saskatoon, SK, Rossmo now lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.[citation needed]


Rossmo is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design. His first professional work was producing illustrations for publications such as Avenue, Calgary Inc, WestJet magazine and Scratch.[1]

His first comic book work was a collaboration with writer Alex Grecian on Seven Sons, a graphic novel based on a Chinese folk legend. In 2007, he started work on Proof, also with Alex Grecian.[2] Later, he collaborated with writer A.J. Lieberman on Cowboy Ninja Viking (2008–2011). Despite featuring a violent action story about an assassin with multiple personalities, Disney purchased film rights to the story, assigning writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to write a screenplay.[3]

In March, 2011, Rossmo's first issue of Green Wake, with writer Kurtis J. Wiebe, was released. For Green Wake Rossmo adopted a limited palette, using different colors to indicate different times or states of reality in the narrative.[4] Despite critical success, sales flagged after the second issue leading Rossmo and Wiebe to end the series early. They have since announced that they are working together again on a mini-series titled Debris to be published in July, 2012.[5]

Rebel Blood is a horror comic about an infectious disease outbreak that affects both humans and animals. Published in March, 2012, this was the first comic that credited Rossmo as a writer. Co-written with Alex Link, the remote wilderness setting in the story was influenced by Rossmo's experiences canoeing at Waskesui.[6]

Rossmo and Alex Link are collaborating again on Drumhellar (originally titled Strangeways), released by Image Comics' Shadowline, with issue 1 released in November 2013.[7]

Rossmo and writer Ales Kot are working on Wild Children, a graphic novella about students rebelling against their teachers.[8]

Rossmo has cited Bill Sienkiewicz's illustrations for The New Mutants comic books as a major early influence on his art style.[9]


AiT/Planet Lar[edit]

Boom Studios[edit]

Image Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]


  1. ^ "The proof is out there", The Calgary Herald, October 24, 2007, accessed June 29, 2011.
  2. ^ "Proof on paper that Bigfoot exists", The Edmonton Journal, October 28, 2007, accessed June 29, 2011.
  3. ^ Kit, Borys. "Disney Gets Three-For-One With 'Cowboy Ninja Viking'", The Hollywood Reporter, November 7, 2010, accessed June 29, 2011.
  4. ^ Truitt, Brian. "'Green Wake' introduces a colorfully creepy town", USA Today, March 18, 2011, accessed June 29, 2011.
  5. ^ "Kurtis J. Wiebe Shuffles Through the 'Debris'", Comic Book Resources, April 25, 2012, accessed May 6, 2012.
  6. ^ McCoy, Heath. "Calgary comic book Rebel Blood oozes infections, zombies", Calgary Herald, March 14, 2012, accessed May 6, 2012.
  7. ^ Richards, Ron [1], Image Comics, August 18, 2013, accessed November 21, 2013
  8. ^ Truitt, Brian. "Ales Kot plots youthful rebellion in 'Wild Children'", USA Today, April 17, 2012, accessed May 6, 2012.
  9. ^ Rossmo, Riley. "Cover-Op – Riley Rossmo on the New Mutants of Sienkiewicz", Gestalt Mash, August 26, 2010, accessed June 29, 2011.

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