The Kubert School Spotlight recognizes a chosen Kubert School instructor or alumni, showcasing their work and journey as a comic book professional.

    Talent from The Kubert School


    Rian Miller

    Name: Rian Miller

    First job after finishing school: Right out of school I did a freelance short comicbook story called The Kingdom's Intelligencer. I don't think the writerever got it printed, but it was a paying art gig, so I'm not complaining.

    Current job: I work at a comic book store to support myself while I self-publish my own comics.

    Reason I love/hate my job: I love my job because I get to be around inspiring artwork and like-minded individuals all day. I hate my job because it takes time away from getting to toil at my art desk.

    Current city: Union Bridge (see: the middle of nowhere), Maryland

    I started drawing when: Clichéd as it sounds, I started drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil. As far back as I can remember, I've always been interested in art.

    Favorite artist: Richard Corben

    Favorite book: The Fortress Of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (which really doesn't have much of anything to do with Superman, despite the title)

    Film I could watch over and over: Aliens

    I’m listening to:Generally podcasts. I've experimented with putting movies on in the background while I work, but that's generally too distracting.

    Last comic book I read: Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughn and Marcos Martin. It's a digital-only comic available at and it's one of the best comics I've read in a while.

    Drawing instrument of choice: I've been drawing with cheap Pentel "Icy" brand mechanical pencils since I was in middle school. They're affordable and disposable, so I don't worry too much if I lose or break one, and they do the trick just fine.

    Currently working on: Issue 3 of my self-published comic book Man-Gull. It's a horror comedy about a seagull that rips the arms off of a man and uses them to terrorize a small coastal town. In other words, it's everything you never knew you wanted in a comic book.

    You can find my work in/on or here: Copies of my comics, as well as some comics by a few of my fellow Kubert School buddies, are available at:

    Attended The Kubert School from: 2003 to 2006