Joel Zain Rivers

Joel Zain Rivers

Joel Zain Rivers Illustration
Animator, Art Director, Motion Graphic Design, Story Analyst, Storyboard Artist, Illustrator and Screenwriter

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Member Since:
January 2012
Last online:
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About Joel

Starting out as an independent comic book writer and artist, I won a 2003 Xeric Grant to publish my Western/History Fiction/Horror comic series Along The Canadian. Since then I've taken on projects that have allowed creative freedom while pushing the limits of storytelling into new arenas like mobile devices, animated classic fiction and my own projects. I am currently working in Story and Art for an animation project for t.v., mostly as a Storyboard artist.

Unique traits: I've been drawing since I was four and always have been a film lover. I wrote and directed my first film at the age of 11. I went on to study theatre, fine art and science in college and later to self-publish my own award-winning comic series. I helped start Out For Justice, Maine's first "complete concept" company that created pitches for T.V., comics and toys. I am now out on my own looking for the next story to tell.



  • The Girl From Hollywood

    The Girl From Hollywood (2015 - 2017)
    Internet by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc Comic Illustrator One of Burroughs' few contemporary works, this 1922 story of fame, drugs and bootleggers has few clear heroes. The main character, a tarnished bit-part actress, escapes a life of abuse to live free for a time on a ranch in Central California. Soon, though, her past comes back to haunt her.

  • Pillowing

    Pillowing (2016)
    Film (short) by Flying Lantern Studios Storyboard Artist Two pillows find out the meaning of true togetherness.

  • Glow

    Glow (2015)
    Film (short) by Flying Lantern Studios Storyboard Artist A living lantern finds the true use for its gifts of light and warmth on a frozen world.

  • Unnamed Project

    Unnamed Project (2012)
    Film (short) by Sillywood Story and Art (Storyboards, Script, Concept art)

  • Skeleton Crew

    Skeleton Crew (2012)
    Internet by N & H Productions Concept Artist, Storyboard Artist, Colorist, Writer

  • iAllosaur

    iAllosaur (2010)
    Internet by Idvance, Inc. Animator, Illustrator, Writer

  • The Cask of Amontillado

    The Cask of Amontillado (2009)
    Video by Tale Tube Illustrator

  • The Tell Tale Heart

    The Tell Tale Heart (2008)
    Video by Tale Tube Illustrator

  • Beginning of the Chumash

    Beginning of the Chumash (2001)
    Film (short) by Monique Sonoquie Illustrator/Animator


  • Xeric Foundation Award for Comic Self-Publishing


  • Center For Electronic Art

  • Humboldt State University

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