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Mark Todd is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1993. He then moved to New York City, working with clients such as Mtv, Coca-Cola, Sony Music, The New Yorker and The MTA. Mark also co-teaches with Esther at Art Center College of Design. Their latest book for teens, “Whatcha mean, What’s A Zine” “about creating zines and mini-comics, published by Houghton Mifflin, was recently released.
"His deconstruction of Jack Kirby-style superheroes is an authentic tribute to classic comic book iconography whereas I find Roy Lichtenstein's work to be a bit plagiaristic. Mine is probably a controversial view, I realize, but to me the 60s pop artists borrowed the iconography as a sort of exploitation which is impossible to say of Mark Todd's thoroughly respectful use of specific images from the comics of his own childhood collection. Todd has a reverence for archetypes expressed by what he leaves out of his pieces rather than merely copying great panels."