Rich Powell is an artist and illustrator currently living in central North Carolina. He’s well known for his work in Highlights Magazine, MAD Magazine and many others . His syndicated cartoon panel “Wide Open!” won The National Cartoonist’s Society Silver Reuben in both 2021 and 2022. His line of humorous wildlife art, Callahan’s Quest for Adventure garnered him another Silver Reuben for Product Illustration in 2013 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 many others.