A Comic Art Retrospective
November 15 - January 10, 2015
opening reception: Saturday, November 22: 7-9pm, all invited
Mark will be available to sign purchased works
demonstration: Saturday, December 6: 2-4pm gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday 12-5
Mark McKenna is a 29 year veteran of the comic book industry. In that time he has worked on Batman, Wolverine, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and more recently on Star Wars, counting over 500 comics in all.
A graduate of The School of Visual Arts in 1982, Mark met Perspective teacher and DC Comic's New Talent Coordinator Sal Almendola at SVA. That connection got Mark to visit the DC offices and partake in bi-weekly "in-house" DC classes for up 'n-coming comic book artists. Having heard the magic words "If you stay with this, you will be a professional" was all Mark needed to hear to move forward and develop his skills. While visiting NYC for these classes, Mark would take his samples to Marvel Comics offices about 20 city blocks from DC Comics and within the next year and a half, Marvel hired him as a full time art corrections staffer in 1985.
His first credited published works was in a a toy tie-in comic called Sectaurs(#4) in the same year with spot credits here and there. It wasn't until he brought his Marvel samples to DC in late 1986 and serendipitously met DC group editor Karen Berger that his life took a major change. A day after Mrs. Berger had seen his samples, she called Mark and offered him a new ongoing title, Dr. Fate, complete with a year's contract, bonus and full benefits package.
Mark's more recent work can be seen in Legendary Picture Books PACIFIC RIM movie prequel, Dark Horse Comics Star Wars-The Old Republic: The Lost Suns. In 2012 his work on the online web comic titled "Star Wars: Blood of the Empire" was collected into an 84 page trade paperback and was the lynchpin for the 2012 released Bio-ware online video game, The Old Republic.
His children's book series Banana Tail and Friends is a labor of love that he created when his daughter was four and had a newborn son. His most recent Banana Tail project, The BOOnana Tail Halloween Special was released for Halloween of this year and was treated as an "all ages" comic project that continues to grow with children that had the original storybooks read to them as younger children.
Mark has also created, written, inked and published the Sci Fi/Horror COMBAT JACKS comic book. COMBAT JACKS #2..."Return To Earth" ships next Summer and features legendary martial arts film actress Cynthia Rothrock as the head of a kick-ass space marine squad…battling....YUP! Alien Jack O' Lanterns!
In 2012 Mark was accepted as a member of the Inkwell Hall of Fame.
For more Banana Tail info please visit: http://www.Bananatail.com for more comic-related info, please visit: MarkMcKennaart.com or www.Combatjacks.com