Ryan Kelly is perhaps best known for doing the twelve issue run of Local with writer, Brian Wood for Oni Press. The hardcover compilation, which was recently released, has been a runaway best seller.
Always a Mid-Westerner, Kelly received his art training at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design from which he graduated in 1998. There he studied under comic book artist, Peter Gross, with whom he worked on The Books of Magic and Lucifer for Vertigo. Currently, Ryan is on the MCAD staff, teaching classes for younger students and the occasional inking class as well. He also has guest inked on American Virgin and pencilled for Giant Robot Warriors with Stuart Moore, a former DC editor. At present, he is illustrating another Brian Wood project, Vertigo's Northlanders.
Besides working on his comic projects, Kelly has had various Minneapolis area exhibitions of his paintings. He has also done illustrations for Rolling Stone and Time Magazine, among others.