Being brothers since 1980, Chris and Mark Mariano know each other pretty well. They shared good times and bad, laughs and sorrow, fights and hugs, but through it all, they have shared many creative endeavors. From home movies, to public access television shows, to making music, to creating comics, toys, and games, their creative journey continues. The Mariano Brothers are here to IMAGINE, CREATE, and INSPIRE!
Mark Mariano is a Mom's Choice Award-winning, Two time Moonbeam Award-winning and Harvey Award-nominated cartoonist. He’s a creative whirlwind that loves to inspire and tell stories through comics and picture books. His books include CLAIRE LOST HER BEAR AT THE WORLD’S FAIR, from Polar Press, FAR OUT FIREHOUSE, PUDDLETON FARM: EWING! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?, and ESCAPE INTO COMICS: LAUGHS & ADVENTURE, from Mariano Brothers. Besides being a content developer for Golden Bell Games, Mark is an Adventure Time cover artist, a contributor to Aw Yeah Comics!, The Sakai Project from Dark Horse, and Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream. As proud organizer of the traveling Kids Love Comics pavilion for several comic conventions, Mark assembles the roster of super-talented artists, and creates the programming. Being an advocate of comics in the classroom, he enjoys visiting schools and sharing his love of art and storytelling.
Chris Mariano is the co-creator of the award-winning children’s book, CLAIRE LOST HER BEAR AT THE WORLD’S FAIR, from Polar Press. As a pop a culture archaeologist, Chris loves to study and research the history of old toys, movies, video games, amusement parks, and anything out of the ordinary. You can enjoy his findings at his nostalgia-inducing website, WonderWeird.net. His love of pop culture and imagination was the foundation for his popular Web Series, THE CHRIS O>MATIC SHOW, which ran for 186 episodes. Chris’ enthusiasm for the arts is contagious when he dons the famous blue jacket and becomes the ringmaster and creative coach for family events and workshops at many comic conventions.