Mark Tatulli

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Mark Tatulli
Tatulli at the 2012 New York Comic Con.
Born 1963
Nationality United States
Known for Comics
Notable work Liō, Heart of the City

Mark Tatulli is a comic strip writer/artist, animator and television producer, known for his work on the cable reality television series Trading Spaces and A Wedding Story, for which he has won three Emmy Awards.[1]

Tatulli grew up in Willingboro Township, New Jersey and started drawing in his youth, publishing his first cartoons in the pages of the Burlington County Times.[2] A resident of Washington Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey, Tatulli began drawing in elementary school, where his cartoons first appeared in the school's newspaper. After becoming a syndicated cartoonist, a former teacher of his told him that "I can't believe you're still doing the same crap you were doing in junior high, and now getting paid for it."[3]

In a 2014 interview with L'Idea, Tatulli cited Berkeley Breathed 's Bloom County, Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes, Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury and the ensemble at Mad magazine as being the cartoons that most influenced his career and style as a cartoonist.[4]

Comics works[edit]

After trying unsuccessfully to promote eight different strips over a decade, his first comic strip was Bent Halos, which features two angels named Harold and Mort who achieve little success in their attempted roles as guardian angels. First created in August 1994 with syndicator Lew Little Enterprises, the strip was appearing in 12 newspapers nationwide by 1996.[2] By 2014, Tatulli said that he had no plans to bring it back for publication.[4]

Heart of the City, which debuted in November 1998, features a girl named Heart who lives in Philadelphia.[4]

Liō, which has been published since May 2006, is a "sweetly dark" pantomime cartoon without dialogue that was inspired by Tatulli's love of the horror movies he watched while growing up as a child in the 1970s. The title character is a "weird little boy" who inhabits a world occupied by aliens, monsters, robots and other strange characters. In 2012, Tatulli released Lio: There's a Monster in My Socks, a book compiling comic strips from the first year that the cartoon was distributed, with a focus on those strips that would most appeal to children.[3]

Recognized in 2009 as "Best Comic Strip" by the National Cartoonists Society, his cartoons were being published in about 400 newspapers around the world by 2012.[3] He has won three Emmy Awards for the production design he did for the cable reality television series Trading Spaces and A Wedding Story.[4]

Tatulli is also the author/illustrator of the middle-grade novel series, "Desmond Pucket". Three books were released so far: Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic (2013), Desmond Pucket and the Mountain Full of Monsters (2014/2015), and Desmond Pucket and the Cloverfield Junior High Carnival of Horrors (2016).



  1. ^ McElroy, Jack (2006-09-24). "New comics in store, starting today". Knoxville News Sentinel. The E.W. Scripps Co. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  2. ^ a b Nazareno, Analisa. "Cartoonist Spirited On By Lifelong Yen To Draw Mark Tatulli's Angelic Comic Strip, Bent Halos, Now Runs In 12 Papers.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 14, 1996. Accessed September 20, 2016. "Growing up in Willingboro, cartoonist Mark Tatulli was no angel, no devil, just a sharp-witted kid who had his hands in everything – like Mort and Harold, the devilish angels in his syndicated comic strip, Bent Halos."
  3. ^ a b c Roncace, Kelly. "Washington Township cartoonist Mark Tatulli to hold book signing for his latest release Lio: There's a Monster in My Socks", South Jersey Times, October 4, 2012. Accessed September 20, 2016. "Washington Township resident Mark Tatulli, creator of the comic strips, Heart of the City and Lio, said he drew from his memories of watching old horror films when he created his character Lio."
  4. ^ a b c d Dossena, Tiziano Thomas. "Mark Tatulli: Successful animator, illustrator, writer, artist, filmmaker, producer… and of course, cartoonist. An Exclusive interview.", L'Idea, August 3, 2014. Accessed September 20, 2016. "L’IDEA: Which are the comic strips that had the biggest influence on you personally and on your work? MARK TATULLI: Gosh, there are so many. I would probably say BLOOM COUNTY, DOONESBURY, MAD Magazine, and CALVIN AND HOBBES influenced me most as a writer."

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