Al Rio Tribute Book Returns To Kickstarter by Jerry Whitworth
Two years ago, the first volume of the Al Rio Tribute Art Book series was published via Kickstarter. Passing away suddenly in 2012, Al Rio made a career from producing “good girl art” having worked for DC Comics, Marvel, Image, Zenescope, and more. Likely best remembered for titles like Dv8 and Grimm Fairy Tales, Rio’s comic book career spanned sixteen years. Recently, a second volume of the Al Rio Tribute Art Book series emerged on Kickstarter which promises black-and-white and full color art of characters like Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Black Canary, Black Cat, Iron Man, Hulk, Lady Blackhawk, and Huntress (as well as the stars of Grimm Fairy Tales) that Al Rio produced between 2006 and 2007. Organized by Al Rio’s business partner Terry Maltos, the tribute book will provide income for Rio’s surviving family of which he was the breadwinner.
Pledges for the Al Rio Tribute Art Book: Volume Two (2006-2007) begin at $25 which nets a physical copy of the hardcover book (which features at least eighty pages of content) followed by $50 for both the first and second volumes. $100 brings a copy of the second volume, your name published within the book on a “Thank You” page, and two limited edition prints. The remaining pledge levels are for unique items including a page from B@stard Stew for $500 and Vampirella art for $600 (as a Wonder Woman sketch for $350 sold already). The project is seeking $10,000 by January 2, 2017 (which mostly covers printing costs) with stretch goals planned at $15,000.