Evanier at Anthrocon 2007
|Born||Mark Stephen Evanier
March 2, 1952
|Occupation||Author, screenwriter, biographer, historian and voice director|
|Genres||comic books, cartoons, biography|
|Notable work(s)||Kirby: King of Comics
Garfield and Friends
Mark Stephen Evanier (pronounced ev-uh-near; born March 2, 1952) is an American comic book and television writer, particularly known for his work on the Garfield cartoon and on the Groo the Wanderer comic book. He is also known for his columns and blogs, and for his work as a historian and biographer of the comics industry, in particular his award-winning Jack Kirby biography, Kirby: King of Comics.
Evanier identifies as Jewish. His father was Jewish and his mother was Catholic. He chose to be a writer after witnessing the misery his father felt from working for the Internal Revenue Service and contrasting that with the portrayal of a writer's life on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Evanier was president of a Los Angeles comic book club from 1966-69. He made his first professional sale in 1969. The same year, through a mutual association with a Marvel Comics mail-order firm, he was taken on as a production assistant to Jack Kirby. Several years later Evanier began writing foreign comic books for the Walt Disney Studio Program, then from 1972 to 1976 wrote scripts for Gold Key Comics, along with comics for the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate.
After the cancellation of Kotter in 1979, on which he was one of the story editors, Evanier and Palumbo amicably ended their partnership. He subsequently wrote for the Hanna-Barbera comic book division and a number of variety shows and specials, and he began writing for animated cartoon shows, including Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Plastic Man, Thundarr the Barbarian, The ABC Weekend Special, Richie Rich, The Wuzzles, and Dungeons & Dragons. But he is most noted in animation for his work on Garfield and Friends, a seven-season series for which Evanier wrote or co-wrote nearly every episode and acted as voice recording director. Since 2008, Evanier has been the co-writer and voice director of The Garfield Show, which went on to win an Daytime Emmy Award for June Foray. In addition, he provided early drafts to Steven Spielberg and Don Bluth's 1986 animated classic An American Tail.
He has produced a number of comic books, including Blackhawk, Crossfire and Hollywood Superstars (with Dan Spiegle), Groo the Wanderer (with Sergio Aragonés), and The DNAgents (with Will Meugniot). For the Spiegle comics, Evanier contributed lengthy essays on the entertainment industry. He also wrote the New Gods series of 1989-1991.
For many years, Evanier wrote a regular column, "Point of View", for Comics Buyer's Guide.
On May 26, 2006, Evanier checked into Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and underwent gastric bypass surgery. Having peaked at around 344 pounds (156 kg) by then, he subsequently lost nearly 99 pounds (45 kg) by June 2007.
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- Sergio Aragonés Destroys DC (with Sergio Aragonés, one-shot, DC Comics, June 1996)
- Sergio Aragonés Massacres Marvel (with Sergio Aragonés, one-shot, Marvel Comics, June 1996)
- Superman & Bugs Bunny (DC Comics, July–October 2000)
- Garfield (Boom! Studios, May 2012 – present)
- 1992: Won "Best Humor Publication" Eisner Award for Groo the Wanderer
- 1997: Won "Best Humor Publication" Eisner Award for Sergio Aragonés Destroys DC and Sergio Aragonés Massacres Marvel
- 1999: Won "Best Humor Publication" Eisner Award for Sergio Aragonés Groo
- 2001: Won "Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award"
- 2009: Kirby: King of Comics won "Best Comics-Related Book" Eisner Award
- "View Profile: Mark Evanier". Home Theater Forum. Retrieved 2007-06-12.
- "Wondercon Special Guests"; Comic-Con magazine; Winter 2010; Page 19
- "'Evanier' is not French; it was probably made up by some Immigration Officer at Ellis Island one day who said, 'Hey, here come some more Jews! Let's give them real stupid last names!'" Evanier, Mark. "About ME". Archived from the original on 2008-07-17.
- Kraft, David Anthony; Slifer, Roger (April 1983). "Mark Evanier". Comics Interview (2) (Fictioneer Books). pp. 23–34.
- Evanier, Mark. "Garfield and Friends Episode Guide". povonline.com. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
- Evanier, Mark (2007-05-07). "About Vinnie". news from me. Mark Evanier. Archived from the original on 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
- Evanier, Mark. "Briefly Noted...". news from me. Retrieved 2007-12-01.
- Evanier, Mark. "Where I'll Be". news from me. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
- Evanier, Mark. "Less of Me". POVOnline. Retrieved 2007-06-12.
- "1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahnlibrary.net. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
- "1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahnlibrary.net. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
- "1999 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahnlibrary.net. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mark Evanier.|
- Evanier's official website
- news from me is Evanier's blog
- Comic Geek Speak Podcast Interview (October 2005)
- Mark Evanier at the Internet Movie Database
- Mark Evanier at the Comic Book DB