: Chicago, IL USA: markhassenfratz@comicsverse.com

Mark is a student at the University of Chicago, and one half of Comicsverse's Mark population. (How do you tell the difference between the Marks you ask? Mark H. is prettier.) Mark's non-comics related interests include, but are not limited to, running, punk rock, hockey, reading, food, travel, and stand-up comedy. When Mark grows up, he wants to be either a freelance humor writer, or a dog. 

What is your favorite comic book and why?

I like Batman a lot, and reading secondary texts about the philosophy and psychology behind him as a character is really what got me into comics as art. I also love the Walking Dead, and Spider-Man because they’re about persistence in the face of adversity. Wolverine is another of my favorites because it's so much fun to see him get angry. 

If you could have one superpower what would it be?

Teleportation, but only if accompanied with a “BAMF” sound for dramatic effect.

What comics make you happy?

Calvin and Hobbes never fails to put a smile on my face. It's so precious to me because it taught me how to read. I can point to the first thing I was able to read on my own, and it's in a Calvin and Hobbes book. 

Which comic book characters do you most admire?

Wolverine. He fights against his animal instincts and training to build lasting friendships and teamwork, and do what he thinks is right. I also love how Deadpool copes using humor. But most of all Peter Parker. He always does the right thing and has some great jokes no matter who's trying to kill him. 

Which comic book characters do you most despise?

Superman. He’s boring. He’s a total Boy Scout, and being that overpowered gets real old real fast. I want to punch him in his big goofy face. 

What is the quality you most like in a creator (writer or artist)?

Originality. Show me something I’ve never seen before and something you do unique to the medium of comics and you’re golden.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“Hella,” “will do,”and I curse way too much. 

Which comic book character would you most easily fall in love with?

Mary-Jane Watson, easily.

Which creator talent would you most like to have?

I’d love to be able to draw really well. It’s been a hobby of mine since I was a kid but I never really honed it to the level of a creator.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing (character or creator), what would it be?

Spider-Man. It’s because of him that I can’t look at tall buildings without thinking about slinging webs and swinging through Manhattan.

What fictional universe would you most like to live?

Probably Firefly. I’ve always wanted a spaceship and it would be cool having everyday life be travelling around as an outlaw smuggler with Mal.

What comic is your most treasured possession?

A #1 Variant of Skottie Young's I HATE FAIRYLAND signed by Skottie!

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty, intelligence, and just being a fun person to be around!

Who are your favorite writers?

Robert Kirkman, Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Mark Millar, and Todd McFarlane.

Who is your hero of comic book fiction?

Wolverine. SPOILER ALERT his death was super heroic and really profound for me as a reader. he fought against being the weapon other people wanted him to be for so long and I think that's really noble. 

Which comic book figure do you most identify with?

Probably Deadpool. He shares my affinity for puns and love of Mexican food.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My parents, Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, and Teddy Roosevelt.

What is the comic book that you most dislike?

Superman. (See above comments re-“big goofy face.”)

What comic storyline would you most like to change?

I don’t like that Thor is now a female character. I don’t have a problem with female characters, but it felt like lazy writing. I think if you want a strong female character, I feel it’s probably better to write one instead of changing an existing one. But hey, that's just me. 

Which comic book character do you think should die a permanent non-comic book death?

Again, Superman. If the only thing that you can do to make your character interesting or appealing is kill him off, what does that say about the character? Having him come back immediately after he’s died also takes all the impact away. I feel kinda for ragging on him so much, but hopefully working here will either change my mind or give me someone else to hate in addition to Superman.

What is your personal motto?

JFDI-or Just F&^%#@^ do it.

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