Monday, December 25th at 7pm on WVIA TV
Archeology and dinosaurs can be more than just science - they can be the source of inspiration for artists. Keystone Edition: Arts explores what we can learn by digging into the past with a creative mindset.
*Please arrive no later than 6:30pm.
Mark Schultz has been cartooning and illustrating for 40 years. He is best known as the creator of the award-winning speculative adventure comic book Xenozoic Tales, which was adapted to television in 1993 as the CBS animated series Cadillacs and Dinosaurs.
He was born outside Philadelphia, PA in 1955, but spent much of his childhood in the Pittsburgh, PA area, experiencing his first dinosaur encounter at that city’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History and developing a lifelong attachment to the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball club.
Mark graduated from Kutztown State University in 1977 with a BFA in painting and thereafter spent several years providing illustrations for how-to books and local advertisements. In 1986, his lifelong interest in comic storytelling led him to develop his Xenozoic property.
The first Xenozoic adventure originally appeared in the eighth issue of Kitchen Sink Press’ anthology magazine, Death Rattle. Reader and critical responses were positive, leading Kitchen Sink to offer Mark his own book: Xenozoic Tales premiered in February of 1987. The Xenozoic stories have remained continuously in print, now published by Flesk Publications.
Mark is also widely recognized for co-creating and co-writing SubHuman, an underwater adventure series published by Dark Horse Comics, and for his five years scripting DC Comics’ Superman, Man of Steel. He has also written and/or drawn many other popular fictional icons, including Flash Gordon, Tarzan, The Spirit, Star Wars, Aliens and Predator. He has written the Prince Valiant newspaper comic strip since 2004.
As an illustrator, Mark has depicted the adventures of Robert E. Howard’s Conan of Cimmeria for the highly regarded Wandering Star/Del Rey editions of Howard’s works, and illustrated the autobiography of the famed painter of prehistoric life, Charles R. Knight. His own heavily illustrated novella, Storms at Sea, was published by Flesk in 2015.
He has written a DC Justice League novel The Flash: Stop Motion, published by Pocket Books, and a science primer graphic novel The Stuff of Life: a Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA for Hill and Wang.
He is currently working on a sequel to Storms at Sea, as well as continuing to script Prince Valiant. His original art can be found here.
Lalaine Bangilan Little is a first-generation Filipino-American who grew up in Houston, Texas. She is director of the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University and adjunct professor in the department of Arts, Film, and Music. She has worked at a number of cultural institutions, including the Allentown Art Museum, the Forsyth Galleries at Texas A&M University, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. When she’s not teaching people how to pronounce her name she can be found walking and brushing her golden retriever named Buffy.
Mateusz Wosik, PhD, is a Paleontologist and Assistant Professor of Biology at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. As a paleontologist specializing in vertebrate animals, dinosaurs in particular, I bridge the gap between modern organisms and fossils to explore questions about the evolution of anatomy and biodiversity over long time periods. Using innovative methods like bone histology and advanced imaging, I investigate how bones develop and vary within and among fossil and modern vertebrates. My goal is to uncover connections between anatomical changes during growth and factors like their biomechanics, nutrition, environment, and evolutionary history.
Dr. Frank Varriale is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA. He earned his Ph.D. at the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Varriale is interested in the evolution and ecology of herbivorous dinosaurs. He studies the evolution of chewing behavior in horned and dome-headed dinosaurs by examining dental microwear, the small pits and scratches that form on teeth when dinosaurs chewed their food.
- Everhart Museum
- McDade Park - home to boulders with Paleozoic Era plant and tree fossils
- Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland - Dinosaurs Come to Life
- Roba Family Farms - Jurassic Farm Dino Fest
PBS LearningMedia - dinosaur resources for teachers and students