Mark Giambruno

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Mark Giambruno
Born Placerville, California, USA
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Occupation Art Director
3D Modeler
Known for 3D Graphics & Animation
Mechwarrior 3
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Website Binary Arts

Mark Giambruno is a 3D artist, art director and writer. As an early employee of Mondo Media, he worked on many of their game projects and contract game cinematics. He also voiced the Lifty & Shifty characters for the popular internet show Happy Tree Friends, a role he now shares at times with Kenn Navarro. He is the author of two books on 3D graphics and has also done the English rewrite on over 40 US-licensed manga and light novels.


Born in Placerville, CA, he grew up in Sacramento, CA before moving to the San Francisco Bay area for a number of years. In college, he majored in art and electronics, and began a career in computer graphics in 1990. After a few years doing presentation and web graphics, he transitioned into video games, and worked as artist, writer, art director, project manager or consultant on 21 different game titles, including The Incredibles: When Danger Calls, Mechwarrior 3, Zork: Nemesis and The Daedalus Encounter.

At the same time, he became involved in a number of writing projects, including the monthly Animata column for InterActivity magazine and books on 3D graphics. In the mid-nineties, he was attracted to the world of Japanese anime and manga, and amassed a large collection of books and DVDs. He even studied the language, and eventually started to work on adaptations of Japanese novels, manga and anime. While still at Mondo, he worked with anime legend Toshihiro Kawamoto of Cowboy Bebop fame on some character designs for an unreleased internet minishow. He also worked for Super Techno Arts (publisher of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime series). He currently works for Region Free (Japanese artist referral and contract translation service) and does graphics and website work through his Binary Arts company.

Selected Games[edit]

Written Works[edit]


  • 3D Graphics & Animation: From Starting Up to Standing Out
  • 3D Graphics & Animation: Second Edition (also published in Russian)
  • The Official Guide to The Daedalus Encounter (also published in Japanese)
  • Animata (monthly column in InterActivity magazine)


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