Rob Stull is an accomplished illustrator, curator, penciler, inker, designer and creator of comic books. With a career spanning two decades, he is a comic book industry veteran who has worked for every major publisher in the industry. He is the founder of Ink On Paper; a production studio specializing in illustration for comic book, magazine and print-based media, and a partner in True Elements Publishing LLC.
Stull’s comic book projects include: SPIDER-MAN ADVENTURES, FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN, MARVEL vs CAPCOM 3, IRON MAN, UNCANNY X-MEN, X-FORCE, WOLVERINE and NEW MUTANTS for Marvel Comics. TELLOS for Image Comics. 52, DANCE, NIGHTWING, JLA and FIRESTORM for DC Comics. He was also featured in the ground breaking books BLACK COMIX: AFRICAN AMERICAN INDEPENDENT COMICS, ART AND CULTURE and THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN GRAFFITI.
Stull was the creator and curator of Sequential Art: The Next Step; a first of its kind traveling exhibit spotlighting the contributions of African Americans to mainstream comic book art and popular culture. The exhibit’s mission was to increase the understanding, appreciation and awareness of sequential art. The secondary aspect was to empower people of all ages and races, by bringing attention to the fact that talented artists of color not only work on characters like Batman, Spider-Man, JLA and the X-Men, but also create, write, illustrate, produce and publish their own properties as well. The Next Step debuted at The Festival of Cartoon Art in 1995; an event organized by Ohio State University’s Cartoon, Graphic and Photographic Arts Research Library, which is the world’s largest archive of original cartoon art. 1995 marked the centennial celebration of the American comic strip and Stull’s exhibit featured the first ever gathering of comic book artists in the history of the festival. From that beginning, The Next Step has been a featured exhibit at The NATIONAL CENTER OF AFRO-AMERICAN ARTISTS in Boston, The WORDS AND PICTURES MUSEUM in Northampton, MA, The AFRO-AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER in Charlotte, NC and The TUBMAN MUSEUM in Macon, GA. The exhibit continued to travel for a total of ten years and showcased over one hundred works of art by both independent and mainstream contemporary African American comic book artists.
Outside of comics Stull has produced art and illustration work for the music and entertainment industries. In 2004 he received an invitation to participate in “The Carnival of the Two Rivers” in Bordeaux, France at the behest of International recording artists Les Nubians. While in Europe, Stull conducted an extensive seminar and master class-workshop on comic books influence on hip-hop culture.