Rich Powell is an artist and illustrator currently living in central North Carolina. His illustration work has graced many computer games, magazine articles and stories and appeared regularly in Highlights for Children. Working for MAD Magazine confirmed him as one of the “Usual Gang of Idiots”. His syndicated cartoon panel “Wide Open!” is being distributed by Universal Uclick. In 2021 it won the Silver Reuben for Best On-Line Short Form Cartoon by the National Cartoonist’s Society. His line of humorous wildlife art, Callahan’s Quest for Adventure won the Silver Reuben for Product Illustration by the National Cartoonist’s Society in 2014 and the Our State television show that featured him illustrating Andy Griffith’s “What it Was, Was Football” won the Emmy for Best Magazine Program at the 31st Midsouth Emmy Awards.
He began his career as a conceptual artist and art director at Sierra On-Line, a pioneer in the computer game industry and his work appeared in such beloved titles as King’s Quest, Space Quest and Quest for Glory among many others.