Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ 9am
Mark Scott Ricketts
Comic Book Writer
Mark Ricketts (born December 9, 1955) is an American comic book writer, illustrator and cartoonist. He has worked for a variety of publishers including McGraw-Hill, Caliber Comics, Chaos! Comics, Mojo Press, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Moonstone (comics) and Image Comics. He won the 2000 Klasky Csupo screenwriting award for his teleplay “Whiskey Dickel, Int’l Cowgirl.”
Ricketts got his break in 1990, when Gary Reed of Caliber Comics agreed to publish his first book “Warpwalking”. Ricketts created many original comics under the Caliber banner, but dropped out of the comics scene in 1996 to pursue other interests. In 1999, longtime friend Brian Michael Bendis encouraged Ricketts to continue making comics and showed his work to Jim Valentino, then Image Comics publisher. In 2000, Image published the graphic novel Nowheresville– a mystery set in 1950s Greenwich Village that combines Beat Generation culture with hard-boiled pulp crime fiction.
Ricketts created many original graphic novels at Image, including Dioramas which was optioned by Venture Studios. He also created a graphic novel for Dark Horse entitled Lazarus Jack and wrote four issues of The Invincible Iron Man for the Avengers Disassembled event. Over the years, Ricketts has written stories illustrated by Mike Hawthorne, Sean Phillips, Tony Harris, Scott Kolins, Brian Michael Bendis, Eric Wight, Neil Gaiman, Micah Farritor, Mitch O’Connell, Leanne Buckley, Andy Kuhn, Phil Hester, Alex Ross, Mike Mignola, David Mack, Michael Lark, Terry LaBan, Guy Davis, Jim Calafiore, Jay Geldhof, Jill Thompson, Galen Showman, Andrew Robinson and Tim Bradstreet.
Darby Pop Publishing launches new line of comic books with Jeff Kline’s “Indestructible”
Los Angeles, CA – Darby Pop Publishing releases the first in its new line of all-original comic books with the publication of the satiric superhero tale — “Indestructible” – on December 11th. Published and distributed in partnership with IDW, “Indestructible” is the story of a not-so-heroic slacker (Greg Pincus) who is in the wrong place at the right time, thwarting a robbery with what the general public believes to be “superpowers.” This ongoing series will explore the pitfalls of celebrity, and examine just how far an ordinary Joe will go to maintain his — potentially lethal — fame and the perks that come with it.
“Indestructible” was written by Jeff Kline, who has been responsible for more than 40 animated and live-action television series and pilots including Transformers Prime, and G.I. Joe: Renegades. “Indestructible” #1 is penciled by Javi Garron, inked by Salvi Garcia and colored by Alejandro Sanchez. Jose Lopez is providing the main cover, with Bernard Chang providing a special subscription variant cover.
Kline’s passion for storytelling led him to found Darby Pop Publishing in early 2013. David Wohl (Marvel, Top Cow Productions, and more recently, Radical Comics) is Editor-In-Chief.
Darby Pop plans to release new issues of “Indestructible” monthly, and a new title every other month. The second title to be released will be “City: The Mind in the Machine,” due out in February, 2014, followed by “7th Sword,” in April, 2014.
Founder Jeff Kline (Transformers: Prime, G.I. Joe: Renegades) created Darby Pop Publishing with the goal of using the visual medium of sequential art — aka comic books — to tell all-new stories crafted by a small circle of friends. As a life-long lover of the form, Kline had been searching for years for someone with whom to partner who understood comics inside and out. It was upon meeting former Marvel and Top Cow Editor David Wohl that Kline knew he had finally found Darby Pop’s Editor-In-Chief. The two have since reached out to many talented writers, artists, and comics professionals to build the team behind Darby Pop Publishing’s ever-growing array of original titles.
Darby Pop comic books are published and distributed by IDW Publishing.