ABOUT MICHAEL LARICCIA
LaRiccia received a BFA in printmaking from the University of Massachusetts in 2001 and an MFA in printmaking from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2005. In March of 2005 he was awarded a Xeric grant to self-publish his somewhat autobiographical graphic novel Black Mane. Since the publication of Black Mane LaRiccia has been involved with several anthologies and has self-published The Death of Black Mane and the Feared Self, Satori, DISCO and most recently TOO FAST. In February 2007 he had a solo exhibition in Portland Oregon, titled Pouring Concrete. The exhibition marked a new phase in his career shifting his focus exclusively to sequential art. In February 2008 he exhibited pages of his upcoming book at Princeton University’s Bernstein Gallery. Currently a full time graphic designer, LaRiccia periodically teaches cartooning for children and exhibits at alternative comics conferences throughout the country.
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"Mike Lariccia is gonna blow up. I guarantee that. He is one of those rare folks whose writing can stand on its own and his artwork can stand on its own. Put 'em both together and you've got magic. Poignant, meaningful and hilarious all at the same time."
-Keith Knight ("The K Chronicles" & "(th)ink")
A talented and pleasant guy, I talked with him about all the varied opportunities that lay withing the science fiction genre. In short order, he sent me a file with his nine page story ‘The Last of the Spitting Baboons‘ and I offered him a portion of my table at MoCCA that year as a thank you.
Of course, I was the grateful one. Mike is so full of energy and enthusiasm, something you rarely see in the comics scene, that he’s like a magnet. He threw on a Zebra Mag T-Shirt and acted the role of carnival barker to anyone that came near.
Jameson Lee (Publisher of Zebra Mag and blogger at the Daily Pop (http://dailypop.wordpress.com/2007/09/20/michael-lariccia-black-mane/)
I was terribly impressed with Michael LaRiccia’s honesty in BLACK MANE. Through his characters, LaRiccia speaks candidly about his insecurities, his uncertainty of how to handle uncomfortable situations - whether he has a right to step in, or whether they deserve what they get - and what exactly it means to be a human being. This openness is a courageous stance to take with this work, as LaRiccia does not shy away from revealing foibles and prejudices that could certainly turn off people reading BLACK MANE. But this truthfulness also allows readers to relate completely with his character, as the insecurities and the questions he grapples with every day are some of the very same insecurities and questions with which everyone else grapples. This allows BLACK MANE to resonate more with LaRiccia’s audience than if it had been lacking in those ugly truths that are aspects of us all. LaRiccia’s artwork also complements this story very well. He changes his style to fit the situation - clean, simple linework for “calm” scenes and wildly frenetic lines for Black Mane and characters with a proclivity to anger and violence - and his use of caricature for the facial features of those in duress really brings out the emotion in this work. His style is very individualistic and his voice is one worth listening to. For anyone searching for something new and different in the graphic narrative field, I must heartily recommend BLACK MANE by Michael LaRiccia.
Chris Becket – Independent Propaganda
LaRiccia’s strength is his caricature-driven artwork which is filled with life and dynamism. He uses it effortlessly to draw us closer throughout this graphic novel to the primal rules of this society. His facial expressions are clearer and more profound than even Kevin Maguire's but with a touch France’s Tardi. His inking flows adeptly and covey tones and mood very well. His style reminds me of the Franco-Canadian animated production, Les Triplets de Belleville. That book should be on your shelf right now.
Comic book Bin (http://www.comicbookbin.com/blackmane001.html)
Men like Mike seem to be hard to find. He’s intelligent, has goals, is sensitive to the needs of others and aware of a numerous issues of social injustice. Because of all this, he gets frustrated and, at times, downright mad. He wants nothing more than to live and let live yet finds himself steeped in a world of racism and sexism that permeates his everyday life.
Michael LaRiccia delivers a semi-nonfiction tour de force of life for the socially aware yet somewhat powerless male who cannot reconcile his existence with his more macho and reckless counterparts.
Lance Eaton,Curled Up With A Good Book