Mystery Mark, written by Josh Wagner and illustrated by Theo Ellsworth, is the cartoon exorcism of Clay Searle, a paranoid and anxious man who is being stalked by his childhood television hero. Because Clay's face is stuck in a permanent expression of terror he decides to go in for facial expression reconstruction surgery. But this decision sparks a chain of events leading to a far more spiritual transformation. Mystery Mark was a true collaboration between Josh and Theo as the words and images developed and evolved symbiotically. The story recently inspired Viscosity Theatre's smash hit of the same name at the Zootown Fringe Festival in August. http://whoismysterymark.com
Josh Wagner is the author of four books including Smashing Laptops and Deadwind Sea, three graphic novels, the first of which was his award-winning Fiction Clemens, and multiple stage plays including Ringing Out and Salep & Silk. He is the co-creator and writer of Mystery Mark, as well as the producer of Viscosity Theatre's production of the story. His latest novel, Shapes the Sunlight Takes, will be published in the fall of 2014 through Asymmetrical Press. In his spare moments he reads too much, gets lost in the woods, and dances until they kick him out of the bar.
Theo Ellsworth is a self-taught artist and storyteller living in the mountains of Montana with a witch doctor, their son and a slightly evil cat. He developed his art while wandering the United States in a motor powered vehicle. He is uncommonly fond of clouds, monsters, trees, and impossible objects. He is prone to fits of whimsy, and his mind is filled with preposterous notions, yet he still manages to come across as semi-normal. He spends as much time as possible making comics, art zines, and imaginary phenomenon. His projects include Capacity, The Understanding Monster, Sleeper Car. In 2014 Theo was awarded the Artist Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council. The Understanding Monster: Book One received a 2013 Lynd Ward Book Honor Prize from Penn State. Theo has been featured in: Artist Spotlight in JuxtapozMagazine, and Best American Comics, published by Houghton Mifflin. He is the house artist for the London based record label Astral Industries and has contributed work to Trip Magazine and the Baltic Comics magazine S!.