When Mark was born on a New England evening
in 1961, the attending physician supposedly
mentioned seeing doodles on the uterus wall, but
this remains unconfirmed.
Click here to learn more about Mark Parisi.
After many odd jobs and a degree from Salem
State College in graphic design, Mark felt he had
two marketable skills: cartooning and grocery
bagging. He decided to choose cartooning, even
though it didn't pay as well. With influences
ranging from Charles Schulz, Mad Magazine and,
more obviously, Gary Larson, he started his off
the mark comic panel. And, strangely enough,
his wife encouraged him.
Today, he splits his time between being hunched
over a drawing table and helping to raise his
off the mark runs in over 100 newspapers and
has spawned a line of greeting cards, T-shirts, and
some other weird stuff.