I’ve been working in and around the entertainment industry — primarily comics — for over 20 years now.
I spent about a decade at Marvel Comics, fulfilling a childhood dream while making some lifelong friends.
After Marvel, I moved out to Chicago to work at Devil’s Due Publishing, and it was at DDP that I first began writing. To that point, I’d always harbored a desire to be an artist — it was what I’d studied in school — and it was only a confluence of unexpected circumstances that provided me with the opportunity to write.
Before long, I was writing G.I. Joe and creating and writing a sci-fi book called Drafted.
Since then, I’ve written the comic book adaptations for two of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files novels, Rest for Top Cow, and have co-created a horror title called This Haunted World. So, when I first landed the assignment for Biowars, I thought I was pretty well prepared. I was wrong. Well, at least partly. The first time I met with Gabriel at his apartment to talk about Biowars, he asked me “Mark, do you know our bodies create blood vessels when we’re just walking around?” I could only try to hide my ignorance — nope, didn’t know that.
The rest of the evening was spent being introduced to B-Cells, Macrophages, T-Cells, Natural Killer Cells (how awesome is it that we have something called “Natural Killer Cells” in our bodies?), and how they go about fighting disease and infection. Honestly, I felt a little overwhelmed. But the concept was great, and I loved that Gabriel had a very detailed, far-reaching plan to develop the property. And more than anything, it was clear Biowars was his baby. When someone entrusts you with his baby, you take care of it like it’s your own. So that’s what I’ve tried to do. We have a phenomenal art team on the project, and I’m really excited for people to see how they’ve brought the incredible world of the Biowars to life. Once you read this comic, you’ll know that epic Lord of the Rings-scale battles are going on inside your body every time you get the sniffles.
When I’m not working, I love to spend time with the true loves of my life — my wife Stacy and our two girls, Madison and Ella. I also read as often as possible, and when I can squeeze it in, I like to give myself over to a video game addiction. I look forward to hearing your reaction to the story we’ve been working on for so long.