I wanted to create a website that combined my passions as both a print designer and a comic book writer. One central location in which to share my work with whomever might be interested. This site will never truly be "finished" as I will continue to add pieces and appearances and whatever else I can think of. I hope you like the site.
Rafael Nieves is a graphic designer. He uses a computer to create pieces inspired by his love of Art Deco, WPA, propaganda, vintage advertising, typography, and movie posters.
Clean, strong lines, blocks of color and bold expression are all staples of his work. He cites Wright, Mackintosh, Mucah, Klimt, DeLempicka, Purvis, Schwab and Saul Bass as artistic inspirations. He sells his work online and at local arts and craft fairs.
Rafael Nieves is a veteran comic book writer with over 30 years’ experience in the field. He began his career with the publication of Tales from the Heart, co-written with Cindy Goff, and first published by Entropy Enterprises before moving, with issue #3, to Slave Labor Graphics.
Tales from the Heart spawned two full-color one-shots published by Marvel Comics' creator-owner label, Epic Comics, and the latter book, Bloodlines, was nominated for two Eisner Awards in 1993 (Best Single Issue, Self-Contained Story; and Best Graphic Album -- New).
Since then, Nieves has worked for a number of publishers, including Marvel Comics (Hellstorm, Prince of Lies), Caliber Comics (Orlak, Nosferatu, Edgar Allan Poe's The Bells), Comico Comics/Northstar (Cold-Blooded), and Moonstone Books (The Phantom, Welcome Back, Mr. Moto, Vampire: The Masquerade). He is the author of The Apocalypse Plan; Bob Howard: Plumber of the Unknown, and many other titles.
Recently, Nieves has self-published the first volume in a collection of reprinted, short comic book stories, called Forgotten Lore, with volume two coming soon. He frequents many comic book conventions in the midwest, and sells his comic books at discerning shops across America and online.
Nieves lives in Berwyn, IL with his wife, one of two daughters, a puppy, a cat, a mortgage, and big dreams.
Edgar Allan Poe
"Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears."
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Welcome Home, Westchester
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Welcome Home, Oak Park
ART SHOWS, CRAFT FAIRS, COMIC CONS, SIGNINGS & MORE
(Note: "TBD" means the dates are not finalized.
"UNCONFIRMED" means I'm not locked into the show. Yet...)
IT'S JUST A GAME! BLU-RAY AND COMIC BOOK SIGNING
Saturday, March 30, 2019
19 S. La Grange Rd
La Grange, IL
The first official signing of the companion comic to the horror film "It's Just A Game"; I will be on hand, as will artist Dani Romero and film producers James Azrael and Ernesto Avina. Come in to buy the blu-ray and comic and get all of it signed!
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Howard Mohr Community Center
7640 Jackson Blvd.
Forest Park, IL
Commemorating the anniversary of the Haymarket Riot. I will have prints, cards, and magnets featuring my illustration of the Monument of the Martyrs. This is a ticketed event, $15
What's Blooming on harrison
Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Oak Park, IL
11 am - 7 pm
One of my favorite shows to do! This will be my third time at this lovely streetfest, and I'll be bringing prints, greeting cards, magnets and t-shirts from all over the Western suburbs and more!
February 3rd & 4th, 2018
The Corral at Lyons Township High School
4940 S. Willow Springs Road, Western Springs, IL 60558
Sat: 8 am - 10 pm
Sun: 8 am - 4 pm
Happy to be an Artist Alley guest at this new show! I'll have comics and some prints available to purchase. Or bring something I wrote and I'll be happy to sign it!
Saturday, 8 am til 10 pm
Sunday, 8 am til 4 pm
For more info, click here
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month between 9am - 1pm from June-October
Lesak Park, 6600 26th Street
Berwyn, IL 60402
One of my favorite markets! I will let you know the dates I will be there as soon as I know!
brookfield farmers' market
Every Saturday, June - mid October, from 8 AM to 1 PM on the west side of the Brookfield Village Hall.
8820 Brookfield Avenue
Love this Market! So happy to be a part of it!
Saturday, August 4th, 2018
Lockport Branch Library
121 East 8th Street
If you go to *any* so-called Library Con, this is the one to attend! Great guests, great staff, great location!