Mark, a one time manager of the Silver Snail comic book retail outlet, was principally a television producer who with Daniel Richler created “Prisoners of Gravity” for TVOntario, hosted by Rick Green of The Frantics comedy group. It was a newsmagazine which covered science fiction, fantasy horror and various forms of cartooning. Each program explored a theme. He was last seen as a producer for Space the Canadian science fiction channel.
He was also a part of the Toronto graphic stories scene from about 1974. During that time he has scripted and with Dean Motter co-plotted The Prisoner.
He wrote Silencers illustrated by R. G. Taylor. It first appeared in Caliber Presents as a trailer taken from the beginning of Book 2. The four part series followed, then was combined with a prologue added into a novel. This title should not be confused with The Silencers written by Fred Van Lente and illustrated by Steve Ellis which appeared a decade later in 2003 and is essentially a story about a crime family and its enforcers. This novel is about espionage and unlike the film of the same name which was a spoof, this story is deadly serious.
He has written short stories for anthologies including True North, Street Music, Negative Burn and Comics Eye as well as Growing Up With Comics.
BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:
Silencers. Illus., R.G. Taylor. Caliber Press, 1994.
BOOK GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
Untitled. Illus., Jeffery Morgan. Canadian Comics Cavalcade, 1-1, Summer 1986: 26-29.
“Will Eisner’s The Spirit.” Illus. R.G. Taylor. Growing Up With Comics. Desperado Publishing, 2008: 38-41.
“New Comics Day.” Illus. R. G. Taylor. Growing Up With Comics. Desperado Publishing, 2008: 62-73.
“Moebius: A Sketch.” Illus. R. G. Taylor. Growing Up With Comics. Desperado Publishing, 2008: 99-106.
Silencers, Illus., R.G. (Rick) Taylor. (Caliber Press)
- Bk 1, 1, July 1991: “Damage.”: 1-24.
- Bk 2, 2, 1991: “Damage Control.”: 25-48.
- Bk 3, 3, 1991: “Stories.”: 49-72.
- Bk 4, 4, 1991: “Pieces.”: 73-96.
PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
“Caliber Preview: Silencers.” Illus., R.G. Taylor. Caliber Presents, 1-22, 1991: 50-60. (Caliber Press).
.“Pork Knight, This Little Piggy.” Ed., Mark Askwith. Car.,Rob Walton. Design and lay., Rob Badali and Dean Motter. Pork Knight 1-1, no date: 1-32.
Interview.” Interviewer, Tim Blackmore. The Silencers, Bk 2, 2, 1991: 49-56. (Caliber Press)
Interview.” Interviewer, Tim Blackmore. The Silencers, Bk 3, 3, 1991: 73-80. (Caliber Press)
Interview.” Interviewer, Tim Blackmore. The Silencers, Bk 4, 4, 1991: 97-104. (Caliber Press)
“Dean Motter & Mark Askwith.” Interviewer, Marty Herzog. Comics Interview,77, 1989: 4-20.
“Commander Rick eposes the lighter side of science fiction.” Writ., John Doyle,. Broadcast Week ( The Globe and Mail) Mar. 3 to Mar. 9 1990.
Dave Darrigo letter February 6, 2008.
Illus., R.G. Rick Taylor. Silencers, 1994: Front Cover.