Howell has been in the business, as they call it in comic book land,
for ages. He got his start back in the 1970s, and he worked with the
great talents of the silver age. He started with the basics - the human
"I've always considered the human figure at the center of comic book art"
- Richard Howell on the human figure
He studied under Matt Feazil, truly one of the masters, and there he developed his own inimitable style.
obvious to anyone reading Richard Howell's work, that he pays
particular attenton to dialog. He feels that dialog
is very important in establishing the character and driving the
"I don't just use the first few words you'd find in the dictionary."
- Richard Howell on dialog
Richard Howell has been producing exemplary dialog since he started talking years ago. His inspirations are myriad.
"Dialog is not just putting words in people's mouths."
- Richard Howell on people's mouths
many artists of the "wham, blam, kaboom school", Richard Howell is
noted for his
intricate plotting. His work is aimed at adults, and not adults with
"When narrative is the key, things have to happen."
- Richard Howell on narrative
Too many comic book artists go for the easy shot, the hackneyed plot, and cheap melodrama. There is a sort of laziness in the business, as they call it in comic book land, but Howell gives his plots a certain extra plottiness.
"I watch too many soap operas."
- Richard Howell on his couch
Much of the pleasure of reading comics is following the story as it is written. Richard Howell makes reading comics worth one's while.