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 scripted and with Dean Motter co-plotted The Prisoner.
In 1988, he was with bp Nichol co-consultant on the film Comic Book Confidential co-designer on the promotional booklet..
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:
Canadian Comics Cavalcade, 1-1, Summer 1986: Untitled. Illus., Jeffery Morgan: 26-29.
Growing Up With Comics. Desperado Publishing, 2008: “Will Eisner’s The Spirit.” Illus. R.G. Taylor: 38-41. “New Comics Day.” Illus. R. G. Taylor: 62-73. “Moebius: A Sketch.” Illus. R. G. Taylor: 99-106.
PERIODICAL GRAPHIC: Published by Caliber Press. Colour cover. Black & white content.
|Silencers …: “…”. Illus., R.G. (Rick) Taylor: ….|
|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: Published by Caliber Press. Colour cover. Black & white content.
Caliber Presents, 1-22, 1991: “Caliber Preview: Silencers”. Illus., R.G. Taylor: 50-60.
Pork Knight 1-1, no date: “Pork Knight, This Little Piggy.” Car., Rob Walton. Design & Layout, Rob Badali and Dean Motter: 1-32.
Comic Book Confidential. 1988: 1 & inside front & back covers
Comics Interview,77, 1989: “Dean Motter & Mark Askwith”. Interview by Marty Herzog: 4-20.
The Silencers, Bk 2, 2, 1991: Interview by Tim Blackmore: 49-56.
The Silencers, Bk 3, 3, 1991: Interview by Tim Blackmore: 73-80.
The Silencers, Bk 4, 4, 1991: Interview by Tim Blackmore. 97-104.
Broadcast Week (The Globe and Mail) Mar. 3 to Mar. 9 1990: “Commander Rick eposes the lighter side of science fiction.” Writ., John Doyle,
Dave Darrigo letter February 6, 2008.
Silencers, 1994: Front Cover. Illus., R.G. Rick Taylor.