How to draw dinosaurs, Cadillacs and add a subliminal environmental message in word balloons? Looks like Mark Schultz is back with more Xenozoic Tales! (Video Interview)
Some no doubt thought that it was too much of a gimmick to succeed. Again: dinosaurs? And Cadillacs? No doubt a big seller at the recently opened Creation Museum in Kentucky, but some couldn’t help but be a little dubious.Until you opened the pages of Xenozoic Tales, that is, and experienced first-hand the ingenious storytelling and rich tapestry of comic art. I remember seeing a couple random issues of the book, which was published for more than a decade, and finding it captivating. But I was outside the comics scene and it wasn’t easy to find. http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=andelmancom&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1933865318&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThe stories later were published as “Cadillacs and Dinosaurs,” and even adapted into 13 episodes of a popular Saturday morning cartoon series in 1993. After a long absence, the collected adventures of Jack Tenrec and Hannah Dundee are back in print in a hardcover edition simply title Xenozoic. Reading it from start to finish, I was struck by several things: the oozing sexuality and pinup beauty of almost every woman Schultz draws; the ugliness of most all the men; and, most interesting of all, the sturdiness of the environmental subplot moving of the overall narrative forward. Even better: Schultz promises more Xenozoic tales in the near future! Mark Schulz Facebook Tweet
MARK SCHULTZ audio excerpt: “I’m working on completing my Storms At Sea project for Flesk. My next project is a new Xenozoic story, which will probably be prose, heavily illustrated. Lots of pictures of Hannah and ugly old Jack.”
You can LISTEN to this interview with MARK SCHULTZ, artist and writer of XENOZOIC TALES/CADILLACS and DINOSAURS, by clicking the audio player above or WATCH it via the YouTube players below!http://www.youtube.com/v/cEl9p0Ms6dM?fs=1&hl=en_US http://www.youtube.com/v/9lQJQY11dO8?fs=1&hl=en_US
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