International Award-Winning Artist, Rob Prior, Named as Judge for Worldwide Illustration Contest

International Award-Winning Artist, Rob Prior, Named as Judge for Worldwide Illustration Contest

LOS ANGELES – Best known for his art provided for SpawnHeavy Metal comics and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as his rare ability of painting with both hands at the same time, Rob Prior has been named as a judge in the internationally-acclaimed L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest, it was announced by Joni Labaqui, Contest Director at Author Services, Inc., the literary agency and administrator of the Contest.

Prior joins other world-renowned artists on the jury panel that include such artists as Dave Dorman (Eisner Award),Shaun Tan (Academy Award winner for “The Lost Thing”), Bob Eggleton (8-time Hugo award winning artist), Stephan Martiniere (Hugo, Chesley, Expose 3 Excellence Awards) and Cliff Nielsen (Star Wars, X-Files and Narnia).

Prior is a graduate of both the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, and then went on to earn his MFA from the University of Toledo and began his career as a storyteller through his artistic skills at a young age.

As a comic book artist, he has worked with Marvel, D.C., Todd McFarlane, Kevin Eastman and Image Comics, to name a few, with his most notable credits on, “Spawn”, “Terminator”,  “Deep Space 9”, “Evil Ernie”, “Melting Pot”, “Lady Death”, and “Heavy Metal.”

As a leading storyboard artist, Prior has provided storyboards for advertising campaigns such as Budweiser and Nikon, as well as for the gaming industry, for “Titlist“, “2K Games”, “Terminator 3” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” He also created all the storyboards and animatics for the video games “Ghost Rider” and “The Darkness.”

As an illustrator, Prior has supplied cover art and interior art material for Steve Jackson Games, TSR (Dungeons and Dragons), Wizards Of The Coast, Battle Of The Lords Of The 23rd Century, and many others.

Prior has directed short films and music videos in which he has storyboarded, production designed/art directed and did all practical effects for each and is now directing his first movie in 2015 called “Whisper.” Prior is also the VP of creative for Heavy Metal.

The Writers of the Future writing contest ( was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.

The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful.  The 368 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 838 novels and nearly 4,000 short stories. They have produced 27 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 50 million copies.

The 298 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 4,500 illustrations, 356 comic books, graced 594 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 36 TV shows and 46 major movies.

For more information on how to get a copy of Writers of the Future Volume 31 or to enter either Contest, go to



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