About the artist, Mark Parisi



Mark Parisi working in his studio.  

Check out his Chronicle TV interview here. It starts at 4:52 minutes. 
Photo printed with permission from Chronicle/WCVB-TV. 

Check out Mark celebrating his birthday at:
The Bit Players Improv Comedy Club in Newport, RI.  

The BitPlayers performed an Irish Birthday Song for him. Click here to view it on YouTube.

Speaking of Birthdays...Thanks to the eagle-eyes of his Niece-In-Law, Kristen,
Bethenny Frankel, of the Real Housewives of NY, got an "off the mark" birthday card given from her friend, the countess!


Real Housewives of NYC - Season 8, Eps 4 BBQ 
Minute 14:39


When Mark was born on a New England evening in 1961, the attending physician supposedly mentioned seeing doodles on the uterus wall, but this remains unconfirmed.

After many odd jobs and a graphic design degree from Salem State College, Mark felt he had two marketable skills: cartooning and grocery bagging. He decided to choose cartooning, even though it didn't pay as well. With influences ranging from Charles SchulzMAD Magazine and, more obviously, Gary Larson, he started self-syndicating his off the mark comic panel in 1987. And, strangely enough, his wife encouraged him.

off the mark joined United Media in 2002 and then moved to Universal Uclick in 2011. off the mark won the National Cartoonists Society award for Best Newspaper Comic Panel in 2008 and again 2011, and has been nominated four times total. His work has also been nominated for Best Humor Book by The Independent Book Publishers Association.

Mark's cartoons can also be found on greeting cardsT-shirts, mugs and morecalendars, magazines, newsletters, books, and some other weird stuff. Clients have included: Del Monte, the US Military (anti-binge drinking campaign), Billboard Magazine, Glamour Magazine, The National Enquirer, Recycled Paper Greetings, Dixie Chicks and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

His wife, Lynn, works as his business partner and their daughter contributes with inspiration
(check out 57 examples of her art here). ... as do three cats and one dog.


If you're interested in the drawing materials I use, click here.

If you want to see preliminary sketches, click here.

If you're an aspiring cartoonist and want some tips, click here.

 Here's some fun stuff


Awards:


Mark Parisi accepting NCS award from Cathy Guisewite, creator of the "Cathy" comic Strip

 

Mark won a frozen turkey and a black & white television in two separate raffles, and has been the correct caller 3 times.

2013 Winner for Best Greeting Cards,
National Cartoonists Society

2008 and 2011 Winner for Best Newspaper Comic Panel,
National Cartoonists Society

2005 Nominee for Best Newspaper Comic Panel,
National Cartoonists Society

2003 Nominee for Best Newspaper Comic Panel
National Cartoonists Society

2001 Nominee for Best Humor Book
Independent Book Publishers Association


Other quasi-interesting facts:

Mark and friend Richard Walsh made a music video in the 80s for the song "Bass Rocks" by Boston's Willie Alexander. It appeared on MTV's Basement Tapes.

The first off the mark cartoon was published in 1987

Off the mark first went from weekly to daily in 1991

The first off the mark color Sunday was published in 1995

The first drawing he ever had published was in the Boston Herald Advertiser when he was 11 ... one of those what-can-you-make-out-of-this-doodle? type things.


First record I purchased: "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
First very, truly favorite song: "Ballroom Blitz"
First concert I attended: Frank Zappa
First car: Chrysler Cordoba (Corinthian leather)
First and only "D": In algebra (thanks a lot, Mr. McPhee)


This was drawn by a caricaturist at the San Diego Zoo back in the early 90's. It probably looks more like me than the photo.


 
And here's a recent caritcature done of Mark by a friend, Ed Steckley, who is an award-winning cartoonist.