After many odd jobs and a graphic design degree from Salem State College, Mark felt he had two marketable skills: cartooning and grocery bagging. He decided to choose cartooning, even though it didn't pay as well. With influences ranging from Charles Schulz, MAD Magazine and, more obviously, Gary Larson, he started self-syndicating his off the mark comic panel in 1987. And, strangely enough, his wife encouraged him.off the mark joined United Media in 2002 and then moved to Universal Uclick in 2011. off the mark won the National Cartoonists Society award for Best Newspaper Comic Panel in 2008 and again 2011, and has been nominated four times total. His work has also been nominated for Best Humor Book by The Independent Book Publishers Association.Mark's cartoons can also be found on greeting cards, T-shirts, mugs and more, calendars, magazines, newsletters, books, and some other weird stuff. Clients have included: Del Monte, the US Military (anti-binge drinking campaign), Billboard Magazine, Glamour Magazine, The National Enquirer, Recycled Paper Greetings, Dixie Chicks and Chicken Soup for the Soul.His wife, Lynn, works as his business partner and their daughter contributes with inspiration.
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