GLENS FALLS, NY (NEWS10) — Accomplished Glens Falls artist and illustrator Anthony Richichi has quite the resume. As if being the lead illustrator for Saratoga Springs Publishing wasn’t enough, Richichi also creates his own comic book series, is part of a band, and has art in places around the area.
Richichi launched “Killustrator Comics” in 2018. After releasing his first story, “Design,” he released nine more. He said working as an illustrator with local comic book writer Lee Gooden was part of the reason he decided to write his own stories.
“After drawing a few of his (Lee’s) stories and seeing the artistic process, I quickly believed that I could write my own stories broken down into a comic book script,” he said. “I always loved writing as a kid, until college, so I had to give it a try.”
Richichi was among a group of local comic book writers trying to get their stories out at Saratoga Comic Con in November. Some, like Mike Spring (Outta Time Comics) and Russell Brettholtz (Sidekicks Comics, LLC) use Kickstarter to share their stories with their fans.
Spring and Brettholtz said residents of the Capital Region may not have known that there is a network of comic book fans in the area that includes writers like Richichi and themselves. Richichi said he liked being able to tell people he was writing his own comics at Saratoga Comic Con and caring about local creators.
“Being both an author and an illustrator, it was fun to be able to share both sides of production and inspire people to want to create their own,” Richichi said. “There are a lot of comic book retailers out there, but to see people light up when I tell them I’ve done all of this is very rewarding.”
In May 2021, he added the children’s author/illustrator to his list of accomplishments with the release of “Colorworld,” the story of a boy who finds art supplies that bring his works to life. “I have never been more proud or dedicated more time to one of my creations and I am thrilled to share it with all of you,” Richichi said on his website.
“Colorworld” can be ordered from Saratoga Springs Publishing. Learn more about Richichi’s comics, illustrations, and other projects at his website www.tonykillustrator.com.