From all of us at ComicMix, we’d like to extend a hearty and happy birthday today to artist, writer, and all-around awesome man, Mark Wheatley! Join us in wishing him a day of fun, quirky gifts, and trick candles! Leave your wishes below, and then do yourself a favor and check out his contributions to the ‘Mix, EZ Street, Frankenstein Mobster and Vampirella, Hammer of the Gods, and Lone Justice!
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Today’s 18th Annual Baltimore Writers’ Conference will feature Mark Wheatley writer-artist of Lone Justice, Frankenstein Mobster and EZ Street, as well as Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down and The Best Game Ever: Giants vs. Colts, 1958 and others.
Now in its 18th year, the one-day
conference at Towson University in Towson, Maryland will bring together aspiring writers from around the mid-Atlantic
to learn about writing from published authors, agents and editors.
Panel sessions will cover a variety of topics including screenplays,
poetry, creative nonfiction, blogging, children’s books, thrillers and
The conference is sponsored by
Towson University’s Graduate Program in Professional Writing, TU’s
College of Liberal Arts, Johns Hopkins Master of Arts in Writing, and
the City Lit Project.
Registration includes all panels, lunch and the closing wine-and-cheese reception. Admission for the general public is $95, and for students (with identification) the price is $50.
Lone Justice: Crash! is the new graphic novel from the Harvey award nominated team of Robert Tinnell and Mark Wheatley. Regular visitors to ComicMix also know Mark Wheatley as the co-creator (also along with Robert Tinnell) of EZ Street, as well as Frankenstein Mobster on his own.
For many of Mark’s fans and admirers, it is his painting and color work that set his art apart from others– and Mark has set up video cameras in his studio sanctum to document exactly what arcane methods he uses to create his color comics and illustrations. We’ve already shown you his drawing technique, now see how he finishes the work. Feel free to comment– Mark will be on hand to answer any questions.
If you find yourself short of a Halloween mask today, or if you’re a fan of our Frankenstein Mobster series (or his trip to Munden’s Bar), then we have just the thing for you– Halloween masks you can print out yourself.
Choose from Frankie, Janus the Werecat, Ozmed the Mummy taxi driver (add your own toilet paper) or detective Terri Todd. Just save these images to your computer and print.
Enjoy! And we want 10% of the candy. And no pieces of gum!
Are you going to the Baltimore Comic-Con at the end of the month? So are we! And we’ve got something special for you.
In honor of the first anniversary of our announcement of our comics publishing program at last year’s show, we’re testing three graphic novel collections of recently completed stories from ComicMix. You’ll want to check these out:
EZ Street – The Harvey-nominated graphic novel by Robert Tinnell (Feast of Seven Fishes, Surf Nazis Must Die, Kids of the Round Table) and Baltimore’s own Mark Wheatley (Mars, Frankenstein Mobster, Hammer of the Gods, Breathtaker) is about two brothers, a story about the love of stories, about ambition and dreams and fantasy, EZ Street is an involving look at the creative process, the dynamic of families, the true meaning of friendship and the quest for a really good comic. Wheatley and Tinnell will be at the Insight Studios/ComicMix booth to sign copies.
GrimJack: The Manx Cat – Since its first appearance as a back-up in Starslayer in 1983, GrimJack has been a fan favorite. The stories blend genres – the hard-boiled detective stories of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammet get combined with the sword and sorcery of Robert E, Howard. In The Manx Cat, these elements combine in a story that tells the history of Cynosure and the stuff that dreams are made of. Timothy Truman will be on hand to sign copies.
Jon Sable Freelance: Ashes of Eden – The character of Jon Sable is so popular that he was the inspiration for the ABC network series, Sable, in 1987. In Ashes of Eden, Sable is hired by the head of an African diamond cartel to transport a magnificent raw diamond to an exhibit in New York. But his task is complicated by having to play escort, bodyguard and babysitter to the cartel’s corporate spokesperson, Bashira, a temperamental. In a story combining jewels, fashion, and a network of terrorists, Sable must also deal with enticements of Maggie the Cat. Colorist Glenn Hauman will be on hand to sign copies.
These collector’s items are limited to 100 copies and will be available for the first time at the ComicMix booth exclusively at Baltimore Comic-Con from Saturday, September 28 through Sunday, September 29. More information and tickets are available at http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com.
The crew over at FEARnet recently posted some great interviews with two of ComicMix’s best and brightest on the floor of San Diego Comic-Con. In the first video, Mark Wheatley offers up some thoughts on making a better monster with Frankenstein Mobster. You’ll find Wheatley’s credits currently gracing Hammer of the Gods 2 here at ComicMix.
It’s a double-shot of ComicMix creators over at FEARnet, so be sure to check out these video interviews and tell the folks at FEARnet you want to see more of the ComicMix comics crew.
Comics pro Mark Wheatley is already known for his work on series like Breathtaker, Frankenstein Mobster and his current ongoing series EZ Street here on ComicMix, but many readers might not be as familiar with Wheatley’s other creative outlet: music.
The talented writer/artist recently directed me to a batch of songs he’s written (and in most cases, performed all by his lonesome), including the theme song to his Insight Studios series Radical Dreamer and both a theme song and songlist for several episodes of EZ Street.
According to Wheatley, the theme song for EZ Street recently climbed as high as #25 in the Top 100 (of more than 13,000) Progressive Rock songs on SoundClick, the musician site hosting the tracks.
You can listen to EZ Street by pressing the "Play" button on the widget below:
You can also view the rest of Wheatley’s songs on SoundClick by clicking here, and if you’re interested in pairing the music with a few episodes of the series that inspired them, visit our EZ Street archive found here.
For those interested in the lyrics to the EZ Street theme song, Wheatley has provided them after the jump:
Born in 1954, Mark Wheatley has made a career of creating clever and innovative comic books. He is probably best known for his 1984 First Comics series Mars, the 1994 Vertigo mini-series Breathtaker, and his Insight Studios series Radical Dreamer and Frankenstein Mobster, but his list of titles extends far beyond that impressive handful.
Wheatley founded Insight in 1978 as an illustration and photography source, but in 1980 Marc Hempel joined him and they expanded the studio to include comic books and comic book production work.
Wheatley has won numerous awards, including the Inkpot, the Speakeasy, the Gem, and the Mucker. In 2008 he was a guest lecturer at the Library of Congress. Wheatley currently runs Insight and writes and illustrates the series EZ Street for ComicMix.
Rowdy.com has partnered with Insight Studios Group to offer The Mighty Motor Sapiens, a new online daily comic strip that combines high speed action, fast cars, humor and the entire planet being taken over by lizard people.
With new installments appearing every weekday beginning September 3, 2007, the story begins 18 months after the world has been taken over by a race of the Morisoni, lizard people from the center of the Earth. Despite the odd change in circumstances, life has continued and things seem disturbingly okay. Sure, they took out Washington, Moscow, Beijing, and Paris, but on the other hand they took out Washington, Moscow, Beijing, and Paris. And for some reason they wiped out everyone’s credit histories, too.
Now the Morisoni control the world and their military bases are everywhere. The Lizards live among us, but this new arrangement seems to be working. Four teenagers, Cam Corman, Hannah Barbario, Gigs Brewster and Maddie Brewster, haven’t seen much of an impact from the changes. Yet.
Springing from the minds of writer-artist Daniel Krall (Oni’s One Plus One), writer-artist Mark Wheatley (Frankenstein Mobster), and writer Robert Tinnell (Feast of the Seven Fishes), The Mighty Motor Sapiens was created as an exclusive feature for the Rowdy.com web community. The strip will be written and drawn by Krall with additional material by Wheatley and Tinnell. All three creators are veterans of both print and online comics. They are joined by inker Craig Taillerfer (The Chelation Kid), with colors provided by Krall’s studio and lettering by Matthew Plog. The strip is produced by Insight Studios.
Our pals Mark Wheatley and Robert Tinnell will be at the good so’ San DIego Comic thing this week – booth 2308 – where they’ll be showing off their latest project, EZ Street.
In addition to his comics work, Robert, of course, is the writer and/or director of such movies as Frankenstein and Me, Kids of the Round Table, and Believe; he also produced the classic Surf Nazis Must Die! Bob also wrote the column on autism for ComicMix last month that generated so much comment. Mark is the man (or at least a man, when he’s standing next to Marc Hempel) behind Mars, Breathtaker, Tarzan, Frankenstein Mobster, and all sorts of other cool stuff. He’s got a new sketchbook called Handmaid debuting at SDCC.
Together, Bob and Mark are doing an on-line comic strip The Mighty Motor-Sapiens at the NASCAR fan site – it’s in collaboration with Daniel Krall and Craig Taillefer. It starts August 6th.
And we’ll tell you all about EZ Street right here at ComicMix.com… when the time is right.
Artwork copyright 2007 Mark Wheatley and Robert Tinnell. All Rights Reserved.