Rob Stull is a fourteen year comic book industry veteran. He has worked for every major publisher in the comic book industry. Stull began his professional career after graduating from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine arts in 1989. At Stulldesign/Ink on Paper, he worked with several companies in Boston and New York, providing services ranging from graphic design to art direction.
Stull’s comic book projects include: SPIDER-MAN ADVENTURES, SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN, FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN (The Back in Black campaign), IRON MAN, UNCANNY X-MEN, X-FORCE, WOLVERINE and NEW MUTANTS all for Marvel Comics. Other projects include: 52, SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER HEROES, NIGHTWING, SECRET FILES and FIRESTORM for DC Comics and TELLOS for Image Comics.
Stull was also the creator and curator of Sequential Art: THE NEXT STEP. A first of it’s kind traveling exhibit that spotlighted the contributions and impact of African Americans on mainstream comic book art and popular culture. Stull, along with co-curator Gloretta Baynes, sought out to increase the understanding, appreciation and awareness of Sequential Art as a valuable and necessary art form. “I’ve always believed that ALL art is relative. In the arena of the visual arts, there are aspects that can be taken from any genre and applied to another,” Stull said. 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. The year 1995 marked the centennial celebration of the american comic strip and Stull, along with Jeff Smith (creator of BONE), co-organized an exhibit that 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, teamed up with HEROES CON and The AFRO-AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER in Charlotte, NC, The TUBMAN MUSEUM in Macon, GA, been featured in The COMICS BUYER’S GUIDE and received press coverage from numerous newspapers and magazines. The exhibit traveled for a total of ten years and showcased over one hundred works of art by fifteen different mainstream contemporary African American comic book artists.
Outside of comics, Stull was a founding member of Armada Design Group. This New York based studio’s mission was to properly fuse together the two contemporary cultural phenomena of comic books and hip-hop. The studio produced high quality illustration work for clients such as rap legend GURU on Virgin Records Jazzmatazz Streetsoul, DJ GREEN LANTERN on the Cornerstone mixtape series, TOMMY BOY RECORDS and THE FADER MAGAZINE. In 2004, Stull was asked by international recording artists LES NUBIANS to participate in “The Carnival of the Two Rivers” in Bordeaux, France. The month long festival was a celebration of music and art and Stull conducted a two week long “crash course” workshop on comic books influence on hip-hop. The workshop was open to the public and the participants produced work in a deadline fashion just like the comic book artists that work in the industry.
Currently Stull is the Director of Visual Arts for MELTING EARTH PRODUCTION GROUP. Melting Earth Production Group (MEPG) is a creative services organization focused on three vertical markets: music for video, video for music, and business for artists. He is a key element in the radical business development approach promoting the (rock x soul) band HOUSE OF ECHO.