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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)

By BOB ANDELMAN (email)
Mr. Media Radio  

Back in the mid-1980s, when serious comic book fans heard that artist and writer Mark Schultz had created a world that crossed dinosaurs and Cadillacs, their first reaction was:

“Cool!”

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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&lt1=_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!

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Hear it now!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.” 

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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

  
Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 10 books, including ‘The Profiler’ with Pat Brown, ‘Built From Scratch’ with the founders of The Home Depot, and ‘Will Eisner: A Spirited Life.’ • Follow Bob on Twitter or Facebook.

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