The Kubert School Spotlight recognizes a chosen Kubert School instructor or alumni, showcasing their work and journey as a comic book professional.

    Talent from The Kubert School


    Mark Gonyea

    Author/Graphic Designer

    Name: Mark Gonyea

    First job after finishing school: Graphic Artist for Heavy Metal magazine. I wasn’t there long, about 6 months. They moved their offices from Manhattan out to Long Island and I was already thinking of moving back to upstate NY so I didn’t follow. Still an incredible opportunity and definitely a major factor in securing my next graphic design position in Vermont. 

    Current job: Children’s book author and freelance graphic artist. 

    Reason I love/hate my job: I love the creative freedom of working for myself but I hate the financial insecurity of not having a regular paycheck.

    Current city: Hinesburg, Vermont

    I started drawing when: Always. The first thing I remember drawing was copying Peanuts cartoons out of the Sunday paper. I used to take them into my 1st grade class and sell them to classmates. The school did not find this amusing. 

    Favorite artist: Darwyn Cooke. 

    Favorite book: H.G. Wells, The Time Machine. 

    Film I could watch over and over: Let’s say Star Wars is a given but after that… Highlander. 

    I’m listening to: Talking Heads. Thomas Dolby. Flaming Lips. Aquabats. If I’m doing something where I need to concentrate a bit more I’ll listen to a movie score. Yes, probably Star Wars while I work.

    Last comic book I read: A friend gave me a stack of SAGA comics so I’m reading my way through those this week. Personally, I don’t really buy comics every week anymore. I’ll usually wait till someone suggests a great storyline and pick up the graphic novel. 

    Drawing instrument of choice: Scratchboard but I mostly use a computer these days. I use Adobe Illustrator for almost everything I do. I use InDesign a good amount and a bit of Photoshop for scanning/photo editing.

    Currently working on: My next children’s book that’s coming out this fall, a new series of graphic design posters (possibly a kickstarter), and a Christmas fabric pattern for a local client. 

    You can find my work here:

    Attended The Kubert School from: 1993 to 1995