Meet Mark Wise, a graphic designer and illustrator, with over 15 years of professional experience, based out of Houston, Texas! He is also a husband and father who enjoys comics, punk rock, BBQ, & baseball.
ZFH: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’ll be showing at ZFH 2015!
Mark Wise: Hi! My name is Mark Wise, I’m a Graphic Designer / Illustrator / Cartoonist. I started doing a webcomic called Abducting The Aliens back in 2005, but sadly life got in the way and I had to do a hard reboot on it, which ran for about 50 more pages before life got in the way again and I had to disappear from the webcomic scene for a while. Now I’m kicking around a few other ideas and to flex my creative muscles again I’m letting myself do a bunch of mini comics which I am collecting in a self published zine called Ashcan Comics which will be available at my table along with stickers, T-shirts and I may even have some original art for sale. I also recently started doing a podcast called The Comic Bros with Jin Wicked and Root Bradford. Root will, incidentally, be sharing a table with me.
ZFH: What is the future of zines in this new and rapidly digitizing world?
MW: I think zines will always be around. It feels like everything is going digital, newspapers, magazines, webcomics…For some reason to me reading news on the web feels fine, and I certainly read and enjoy my fair share of webcomics, but they don’t have the tangible permanence that a printed comic or book does. Zines and webcomics are very DIY which is appealing to me. The aesthetics of the zine also really appeals to me. I love holding a zine in my hand and knowing that the creator of that zine actually sat down and put this thing together.
ZFH: Were you an analog to digital transition or were you a BB born in the tech age? How does technology and recent technological developments affect your zine-making practice?
MW: I straddle that line. When I was in high school and college the internet was still a relatively new thing. Digital desktop publishing was still pretty new. In fact, when I was in college I interned at a place that did actual paste up with the wax machines and everything. Now all the pre-press is done digitally and it’s much easier for anybody to have access to the technology. I do everything digitally, except drawing. I still can’t straight up draw digitally. Maybe if I get get the proper equipment, but whatever I do I always want the end result to be on paper.
ZFH: What in your opinion is the best invention of the last 30 years?
MW: Can I say the internet? I want to say the internet.
ZFH: What in your opinion is the worst invention of the last 30 years?
MW: Reality TV.
ZFH: How will you best honor our cyber overlords?
MW: Wait! You’re going to make me choose between honoring our cyber overlords and our alien overlords? There was that one time I drew some roboerotica as a joke (listen to Episode one of the Comic Bros for details.) Oh man, there are no winners in this scenario…
Awesome, Mark! Thank you for letting us into your comics world!