Shameless Ballyhoo Dept.: I've been waiting for this event -- my good amigo Mark Martin has just announced the completion of the first issue(s) of his new comics series Runaway Comic!!
Though his work appears just about every month in the newsstand Nickelodeon magazine, it's been a looooong time since Mark's worked enjoyed this kind of showcase (a decade or more ago, in the pages of Montgomery Wart, Hyena, Gnatrat and the two-volume best-of-all-possible-worlds 20 Nude Dancers!, which is required reading for all cartoonists or wanna-be cartoonists). Mark also drew a recent Spongebob Squarepants book, enjoyed solo stints drawing (and sometimes writing) Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles, painting the graphic novel Underwhere, and was the man behind the hilarious "Bless the Beasts" strip in my own comic series Tyrant, among many other accomplishments.
Mark also has one of the most amazing cartoonist websites on Planet Earth (I kid you not), where you can today see the preview material and art for his new Runaway Comic, which is soliciting now for its March 2006 release. Check it out, and so much more, at
OK, more later today...