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Mark Andrew Smith is an award-winning comic book author and graphic novelist.

Mark Andrew Smith
Notable works
American Library Association Best Graphic Novel for Teens


Early life and educationEdit

Smith attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied film.[1] He graduated in 2002.[1][2] Smith received his Master's Degree in TESOL from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro Vermont in 2017.


Out of college, Smith's first job was as a production assistant on season one of American Idol.[2] His first entry into the comic book world came in 2004 when Smith and Dan Hipp were noticed by Image Comics.[2][3] Image Comics would go on to publish their work, The Amazing Joy Buzzards.[2] Smith is also the co-creator and editor of the Popgun Comics anthology.

Smith wrote the original graphic novel Aqua Leung, published in April 2008. Aqua Leung was nominated for a Yalsa award for best graphic novel for teens.[4][5] Also in 2008 Smith wrote Kill All Parents, a 38 page one shot about superheroes whose parents are killed by a secret government program, drawn by Marcelo Di Chiara, also for Image Comics.[6][7]

In 2009 Smith released The New Brighton Archeological Society stemming from a series of short stories in Popgun with artist Matthew Weldon.[8][9][10] The New Brighton Archeological Society follows a group of children whose parents are the greatest archeologists in the world. When their parents are lost on an expedition, the children must finish their parents' work, collect the books of magic, and defeat their parents' nemesis. The New Brighton Archeological Society was selected as "Best All-Ages Comic" of 2009 by MTV Splash Page.[11] The New Brighton Archeological Society received two Harvey Award Nominations in 2010.[12]

Smith has been published in a number of anthologies such as the Belle & Sebastian Anthology, 24Seven Vol. 1, Space Doubles, Paper Museum Vol. 3, and Popgun.

2011 saw the release of Smith's Gladstone's School for World Conquerors by Image Comics with artist and co-creator Armand Villavert which centers on a super-villain academy. Gladstone's School for World Conquerors won the 2013 American Library Association Award for 'Great Graphic Novels for Teens'.

Smith released Sullivan's Sluggers, a baseball horror graphic novel drawn by James Stokoe, in 2012. Sullivan's Sluggers was published by Dark Horse Comics in 2018.

In 2015 New Brighton Archeological Society Volume 1 was published as a hardcover by 'Maneki Neko Books' along with volume 2 titled 'The Sword of Azure', both were drawn by Matthew Weldon.

In 2016 Gladstone's School for World Conquerors Volume 1 was published as a hardcover by 'Maneki Neko Books' along with Gladstone's School for World Conquerors Volume 2 which is drawn by frequent collaborator Matthew Weldon who was filling in for co-creator Armand Villavert on art duties.

In 2018 Smith released Gladstone's School for World Conquerors Book 3 with artist and co-creator Armand Villavert.

Honors and awardsEdit

Smith has received recognition for his work on Popgun. Volume 1 won the 2008 Harvey Award for Best Anthology.[13] This was followed by Volume 3 winning the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Anthology.[14] Gladstone's School for World Conquerors won the 2013 ALA Awards for 'Great Graphic Novels for Teens'. [15]


Comics writing work includes:


  • Popgun:
    • Volume One (with Joe Keatinge, Image Comics, November 2007)
    • Volume Two (with Joe Keatinge, Image Comics, July 2008)
    • Volume Three (with DJ Kirkbride, Image Comics, April 2009)
    • Volume Four (Executive Editor, Image Comics, February 2010)


  1. ^ a b James, Thea (March 25, 2010). "Guest Author: Mark Andrew Smith on Inspirations and Influences". Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Profile—Mark Andrew Smith, '02". Coastlines. Winter 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "Mark Andrew Smith". Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Aqua Leung," My Friend, Comic Book Resources, March 3, 2008
  5. ^ Mark Andrew Smith on Aqua Leung[permanent dead link], Newsarama, April 10, 2008
  6. ^ Mark Andrew Smith on Kill All Parents[permanent dead link], Newsarama, April 29, 2008
  7. ^ Mark Andrew Smith Plans to "Kill All Parents", Comic Book Resources, April 30, 2008
  8. ^ Smith on New Brighton Archaeological Society, Newsarama, October 22, 2008
  9. ^ Smith & Weldon Dig Up New Brighton Archeological Society, Comic Book Resources, October 23, 2008
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2010-04-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ [1],
  13. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (September 28, 2008). "2008 Harvey Award winners". Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "Your 2010 Eisner Award Winners". July 24, 2010. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  15. ^ {{Cite web |url= |Gladstone's School for World Conquerors |date=2013 |

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