I was born and raised in Trail, British Columbia, Canada and started my art career at David Thompson University Center in Nelson, B.C. In 1981, I relocated to California to study at the California Institute of the Arts. After recieving a B.F.A. in Character Animation, I worked in the animation industry as a layout artist.
In the 1990's, I branched out professionally into adult-themed comics and graphic novels. My first,"Adolf Hears A Who" (1991), an eight page story was published by Fantagraphics Books in the anthology Pictopia. Fantagraphics later published "S.O.S."(1992), "Alex"(1994),"Why Did Pete Duel Kill Himself"(1997), and "Mail Order Bride"(2001). "Alex", "Pete Duel" and "Mail Order Bride" were also published in French language editions by Paquet Editions and "Mail Order Bride" was published in a Spanish language edition by Ponet Mon and serialized in Korean for Poptoon.
My latest book is "Freeway."
(All images copyright Mark Kalesniko unless otherwise stated.)