Massachusetts, United States
|Area(s)||Comic book and book illustrator, toy designer, animator, editorial cartoonist|
Many Walt Disney licensed children's books, such as Mickey's Wish: A Deluxe Super Shape Book (Walt Disney's Mickey and Friends) ISBN 0-307-13047-9 ISBN 978-0307130471; and Disney Princess: Jewelry Box (Disney Princess) (Hardcover) ISBN 0-7868-3604-0 ISBN 978-0786836048."Drawing With Mark," a public-access television program.
Early life and career
Born in Cambridge, Marderosian grew up in Newton, MA. He says that he started drawing when he was seven years old, after his parents took him to see Pinocchio. After high school Marderosian worked for advertising agencies and an art supply company, where he prepared paste-ups and mechanicals for catalogs. He also drew cartoons and comic strips and freelanced for a few magazines at the same time. In 1979, Marderosian enrolled at Massachusetts College of Art.
Mark Marderosian created the Delta Tenn comic books for Paul Howley's Entertainment Publishing in 1987–88. He also worked with Howley on the design of a set of Classic Toys Trading Cards around the same time.
After an early-career rejection, Marderosian "finally did get his foot in the Disney door in 1990," working on merchandise related to Jessica Rabbit. Over the course of his career, Marderosian has gone on to illustrate several dozen movie and television tie-in books for Disney, as well as for Golden Books. He has also provided illustrations for other licensed merchandise such as character figurines, story books and coloring books. Among the many characters he has drawn are Mickey Mouse, Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Hello Kitty, and Jimmy Neutron. He is most identified with work on merchandise and books featuring the Disney Princesses. "Because of the constant reprinting, especially in coloring books, somewhere there’s someone looking at something I drew every single day," mused Marderosian.
Marderosian began working as the editorial cartoonist for the Newton TAB around 2006. "There aren’t as many editorial cartoonists in this country as there used to be and I’m happy to be able to practice my art and offer my opinions in this manner every week," he said.
In 2007, he designed and successfully marketed his own collection of children's stuffed animals called "Angels from the Attic". Each toy set includes a related story book. A coloring book is planned.
In 2010, Marderosian and designer/animator Robert Palmer Jr. created a television program called "Drawing With Mark." Their children’s media company, Big City Publishing, which sells storybooks, coloring books, flash cards, and puzzles, offered to provide the program free of charge to Public-access television cable TV stations. The show has been called "a simple, old-fashioned TV show... that teaches kids how to draw." His "Angels from the Attic" characters appear on the show in animated from. Within five months after the first episode, the program was accepted by 105 Public-access television channels that serve about 150 cities and towns across 25 states. "The show’s overall theme is about helping kids unlock their creativity, especially in these days of brutal budget cuts on so many institutions, which are struggling to present creativity and art in various forms," Marderosian said.
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