August 1, 1959 |
We All Die Alone
Mark Newgarden (born August 1, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American underground cartoonist. His work has appeared widely, and his influential shape-shifting weekly feature Newgarden, which appeared in alternative weekly newspapers like New York Press, created a cult following for the artist.
Newgarden's work has appeared in a diverse array of venues from the pivotal avant-garde comics album RAW to the New York Times op-ed page. His work has also graced the walls (and screens) of the Smithsonian Institution, the Cooper-Hewitt, the Brooklyn Museum, The Paley Center for Media, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. In 1992 Newgarden was designated as one of Entertainment Weekly's annual "Faces to Watch".
Newgarden attended New York's School of Visual Arts in the late 1970s/early 1980s, where his classmates included fellow cartoonists/illustrators Drew Friedman and Kaz. He came to the attention of one of his teachers, Art Spiegelman, who published him in RAW and brought him, in 1983, as a creative consultant for the Topps Co. Newgarden was part of the team that created the Garbage Pail Kids, and worked on new editions of Wacky Packages as well as scores of other satiric and novelty products.
Equally recognized for words as well as pictures, Newgarden has become increasingly active in TV, film, and multimedia projects over the years. He has produced, conceived, scripted and designed programming for such entertainment megaliths as Nickelodeon and The Cartoon Network as well as interactive media for Microsoft Corp, Packard-Bell, and others.
In 1999 the cartoonist completed writing and directing four episodes of B. Happy, the first of the experimental "Web Premiere Toons" for Cartoonnetwork.com. His recent picture history of the practical joke and novelty industry, Cheap Laffs, was published by Harry N. Abrams in 2004; and We All Die Alone, a monograph collection of his comics and stories, was released from Fantagraphics Books in 2006. His latest book is Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug, a wordless picture story from Harcourt Books.
Newgarden resides with children's illustrator and author Megan Montague Cash in an ex-funeral parlor in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
- Cheap Laffs (Harry N. Abrams, 2004)
- We All Die Alone (Fantagraphics Books, 2006)
- Bow-Wow Bugs A Bug (Harcourt Books, 2007)
- Official website
- Dery, Mark. "A Cartoonist in Despair? Now That's Funny," New York Times (March 19, 2006).
- Official website for Bow-Wow, star of Newgarden's picture story series from Harcourt
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