TJ Sterling was born January 22nd, 1983 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At an early age he displayed a very keen and almost prodigious talent for art. In the late 1980’s Tj began to take a serious interest in drawing comic books and superheroes. He frequented numerous comic shops such as Argos Book Shop, Tardy’s Collectors Corner, Goldmine, and Apparitions. In these small but humble shops Tj began collect his first set of comics which would eventually inspire his signature 90’s comic style.
Over the years Tj continued to hone his artistic ability by taking numerous art classes during school and summer periods. In 2001 he graduated from East Grand Rapids High School with honors and moved to New York to attend art college. During college he worked for Marvel Entertainment in New York City in it’s famous Bullpen.
After graduating college, working at Marvel and doing some cover work for Dark Horse Comics, Tj returned to Grand Rapids and started his own comic book company..Red Arcis Entertainment also know as RAE Comics. The first comic book produced by Tj and his team of professional artisans was “Okemus”. Tj debuted Okemus issue 0 at San Diego Comic Con 2015 and sold out his first print run. He then would go onto sell out his second print run at New York Comic Con 2015. Currently Okemus is on the shelves of 10 different comic shops across the nation. In 2016 Tj brought both Okemus Issue 0 and it’s sequel issue 1 to Grand Rapids Comic Con and sold over 400 copies making a tremendous impact in his hometown. As of 2019 RAE Comics has reached thousands of comic fans and currently has four comics available.
Tj looks forward to once again bring his new and innovative graphic novels to Grand Rapids Comic Con 2019.