Mark Shainblum is an Ottawa-based science fiction, fantasy and comic book writer. His prose fiction has appeared in magazines like On Spec, Would That It Were, Thousand Faces and the anthology Island Dreams: Montreal Writers of the Fantastic. In 1997 Mark and John Dupuis co-edited the Aurora Award-winning alternate history book Arrowdeams: An Anthology of Alternate Canadas, published by Signature Editions.
In comics Mark wrote adaptations of Michael Moorcock’s classic Corum novels for First Comics in collaboration with Ken Hooper and Jill Thompson, and also wrote and co-created the critically acclaimed independent superhero series Northguard with Gabriel Morrissette. In a slightly different comics domain, Mark is known in Canada as the co-creator of Angloman, a political parody series first published by Signature Editions in two bestselling books. Angloman later appeared as a weekly comic strip in the Montreal Gazette.
Mark has also worked as a literary columnist, a technology journalist and a media relations officer for a major Canadian university.
In the real world, Mark is husband to Andrea, and daddy to Maya.
Visit Mark’s personal and professional website.
Gabriel Morrissette was born in Val-d’Or, Quebec, in 1959. In the late 1970s he moved to Montreal, where he attended Concordia University and launched his career as a graphic artist. In 1984, he co-created Northguard with Mark Shainblum. During the 1980s and 1990s he contributed to a wide range of publications, including the Quebec humour magazines Croc, Safarir and Anormal, and U.S. comic books such as Doc Savage, New Titans and Spiderman 2099.
During this period he also worked in the animation field, contributing to Bob Morane, Arthur and many other series. In 1995, the same year that Gabriel’s work was featured in
Canada Post’s Superheroes/Superhéros stamp issue, he and Mark Shainblum co-created Angloman, a comics narrative that utilized superheroes to satirize the politics of Quebec and Canada. Angloman’s adventures appeared in two books, Angloman: Making the World Safe for Apostrophes (1995) and Angloman 2: Money, Ethnics, Superheroes (1996), and, for a time, in a weekly strip that ran in the Montreal Gazette. Currently, Gabriel is active as a book illustrator for such publishers as Jackfruit Press, and also draws the “Daisy Dreamer” comic strip for Chickadee magazine. He is a long-standing member of Comicopia, an APA of the comic book field.
(Note from Mark: Contrary to popular belief, the male form of the name “Gabriel” is spelled… well… G-A-B-R-I-E-L, even if you’re thinking in a French accent. If you spell it “Gabrielle,” it’s a woman’s name. Stop questioning my friend’s gender identity. Thank you.)