Artist's Bio

Rik van Dyke

Rik van Dyke is a Canadian cartoonist, web show host, costume designer and aspiring
screenwriter/ movie director.

Rik van Dyke dreams in camera angles.

Once, as a child, he was punched in the playground because when the kids were playing Star Wars,
he wanted to be George Lucas.

His passion is movies and the art of cinematic storytelling with a particular interest in world building.

Rik's hobbies are comic book/movie collecting, and building scaled dioramas of story scenes using action figures
- usually with a comic book or movie theme. His retirement goal is to own an action figure museum
composed of displays and dioramas.

He is currently prepping to shoot ROCK BOTTOM - a Heavy Metal revenge movie . (8 MIN)

Rik will be cutting a single with The Cripple Creek Fairies and using it as soundtrack for ROCK BOTTOM.

During the winter months, he produces and hosts a web show: THE RIK VAN DYKE SHOW - a geek oriented round table discussion with friends and local genre experts .

At The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo every year, Rik does CARTOONATUREStm , where he draws your face onto comic book covers of his own design in various genres.

He is the chief coordinator of the annual Calgary Zombie Walk which raises donations for the local food bank.

Rik is in the process of writing three original Hollywood style special effects oriented movie scripts designed as merchandising franchises of which he will be seeking representation in California.

In the field of commercial art, Rik has been a professional since fourteen years old, having spent over twenty years designing company logos, t-shirts, painting murals and window art, doing television storyboarding and
various freelance illustration.

As a cartoonist and writer, Rik has published his own comic books including ‘Demented Comix’, ‘Vagabonds’,
‘The Canadian Shield’, and ‘Joe Spliff’. He has been attending comic book and sci-fi conventions since 1992 to
promote and pitch his properties, having had tables at ‘Con-version’, ‘Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo’
and ‘San Diego Comic -Con’.

Rik has been designing and building original costumes for competitive costuming showcases, winning many cash prizes and honing his skills in the areas of design, sculpting, and sewing. He has built professional mascot outfits for international sports teams and designed and co-constructed costumes for the Central Alberta Theatre’s 2009 production of ‘Alice In Wonderland’. Recently, he has turned this skill towards his own personal movie projects.

CREDITS:

*PREPRODUCTION*

(2019) THE ROSE (Independent Digital Movie Short) 8 MIN. Writer/Director

(2018) ROCK BOTTOM (Independent Digital Movie Short) 8 MIN Writer/Director

(2017) BLACK MANTIS (Independent Digital Movie Short) 8 MIN. Writer/Director

(?) BLOODBEAST (Feature Length Digital Movie) 90 MIN. Writer/Director (seeking funding)

(2010) RESTRICTED ADULT (Independent Digital Movie Short) 8 MIN. Writer/Director

(2004) CRASH CORBEN: LAST OF THE ROCKETMEN (Independent Digital Movie Short) 35 MIN. Writer/Director

(1994) PAST TENSE (Student Film) - a RED DEER COLLEGE/SHAW CABLE Production. 45 MIN. Writer/Director

vandykeh@shaw.ca


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