Ralph Niese

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Born (1983-03-14) March 14, 1983 (age 38)
DiedNovember 23, 2020(2020-11-23) (aged 37)
  • comic artist
  • graphic artist and illustrator

Ralph Niese (* March 14 1983 in Leipzig; † November 23 2020)[1] was a German comic artist, graphic artist and illustrator.[2]

Niese attended the Max Klinger School, a secondary school in the Leipzig district of Grünau, and then studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und BuAcademy of Fine Arts Leipzig. Through a contact at the booth belonging to the comic publisher Extrem Erfolgreich Enterprises (EEE), Niese was able to publish his first work Wolfmen in the magazine series Extrem Illustrated[3] at the age of 16. According to Bela B.|Bela B, the former owner of EEE, he was the youngest artist whose contributions were published in the series, but who as a minor was not allowed to buy the issues himself.[4] This was followed by other publications in German comic magazines aimed at an adult audience, such as Menschenblut[2][5] and U-Comix[6]. As an illustrator and colorist, he contributed to several issues of the Perry - Our Man in Space series by Alligator Farm between 2007 and 2010.[7][8] Niese also published some comic books under the label Fistful Fumetti, many of them in small format stapled by hand.[2] For example, he self-published his own series Poly Chronos[9] and Mekano Turbo together with Alexis Ziritt.

From 2008 to 2009 Niese was involved as an illustrator on publications for the US publisher Image Comics.[10] He not only worked as an inker for two issues of the Noble Causes series, but also designed the covers of the issues.[11] During this time Niese also published pages in the sixth issue of Madman Atomic Comics magazine[12] and in two issues of the comic anthology Popgun.[13][14] For the series Space Riders by Alexis Ziritt and Fabian Rangel Jr. he contributed a variant cover for the first issue.[2][15] As part of the Glyos System Comic Series[16] between 2011 and 2016, Niese illustrated several webcomics based on the English texts by Matt Doughty, including the titles Reflex,[17] Volkria[18] and Chariots Keep.[19]

The Leipzig comic artist is described by his colleagues as a creative and sociable free spirit who often cooperated with other authors and artists.[2][4] He was also counted as an integral part of the alternative comics scene internationally.[4] In addition to his work as a comic artist, Niese was also artistically active in other areas. At the end of 2014 he published the calendar The Young Time Traveller, which also contains exclusive comic pages.[20] In 2018, he contributed designs for various stickers for the eleventh issue of Klebstoff Magazine.[21] As a part-time member of the small toy manufacturer Goodleg Toys,[22] Niese designed several small-scale synthetic resin figures, including his figure Robert Cop.[23][24] For October Toys he made the minifigure Phantom Outhouse based on the design by Kyle Thye as part of the OMFG! Series 1.[25][26]

Starting in 2017, Niese collaborated with German hip-hop artist Morlockk Dilemma on album covers, illustrated lyrical comic books and action figures.[27]

Ralph Niese lived and worked as a freelance illustrator and comic artist in Leipzig.[5]


  1. "Traueranzeigen von Ralph Niese | trauer-anzeigen.de". trauer-anzeigen.de (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Er hatte Kreativität für Zehn". www.tagesspiegel.de (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  3. "Comic Guide: Extrem Illustrated". www.comicguide.de. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Leipziger Künstler Ralph Niese überraschend mit 37 Jahren gestorben". LVZ - Leipziger Volkszeitung (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Niese". Comic-Salon (in Deutsch). 2016-05-12. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  6. "U-Comix Nr. 189 im Handel! | U-Comix" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  7. "Ralph Niese". Alligator Farm (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  8. Nagel, Karl; Hirdt, Kai; Hillmann, Christian; Völlinger, Andreas; Brill, Olaf; Vandemaan, Wim; Weber, Harald; Fetz, Henrik; Burmeister, Vincent, eds. (2011). Perry - unser Mann im All 135: Wer ist hier das Monster? Perry Rhodan Comic. Perry - unser Mann im All. Hamburg: Alligator Farm Verlag. ISBN 978-3-86876-635-6.
  9. "Ralph Niese". ralphniese.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  10. "Killer Of Demons (Volume)". Comic Vine. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  11. "Noble Causes (Volume)". Comic Vine. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  12. "GCD :: Issue :: Madman Atomic Comics #6". www.comics.org. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  13. "GCD :: Issue :: Popgun #2". www.comics.org. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  14. "Ralph Niese". comicbook.com. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  15. "Genrefizierung zwischen Schanze und Kiez". www.tagesspiegel.de (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  16. "Glyos System Comics by Matt Doughty and Ralph Niese – BattleGrip". Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  17. "REFLEX". www.onelldesign.com. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  18. "Volkria". www.onelldesign.com. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  19. "Onell Design | Comics | Enigma Source". www.onelldesign.com. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  20. "Heisse Ware im Webshop! THE YOUNG TIME TRAVELLER Kalender und FIESER SPLATTER #1 – Buddelfisch – Comic Studio + Verlag" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  21. "Klebstoff Magazine". www.stickermag.com. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  22. "Goodleg Toys". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  23. "Ralph Niese". Ralph Niese. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  24. "MAN-E-NEWS// The Robert Cop resin action figure from Ralph Niese x Goodleg Toys…". 2014-02-12. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  25. "October Toys". octobertoys.com. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  26. Dunkel, Keegan Rooney, Blake. "Omfg! - phantom shithouse Phantom Shithouse by Kyl... | Trampt Library". Trampt. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  27. "Morlockk Dilemma Instagram". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2021-02-08.

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