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Mark Sable impresses me every time I read one of his books. I thought I had him pegged for a post modern super hero writer with his work on Grounded and Fearless. Then he goes and proves me wrong with HAZED. What a terrific satire of Sororities. And the art by Robbi Rodriguez just nails it.
I must say having gone to a Greek dominated college in the early P.C. '90s, I totally got this world because I lived it. And not only that, but the well-drawn female characters are a blast. Yes, they are over the top, but hey, this is satire. And man-oh-man is there truth in this story. HAZED had me laughing and cringing at the same time... till my sides hurt!
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HAZED is a delicious social satire that has so many hilarious insights about females and their relationships with one another, as well as the world of sororities, gender dynamics, feminism and post-feminism, and social politics. I laughed so hard because it hit the nail on the head about so many of my college experiences and those of my friends. The sorority is Sigma Tau Delta, or "STD" -- ha! In short, the book is viciously funny and I also loved the super-adorable illustrations. All sorority girls ought to receive this book in their little "welcome" bags, and I'm going to give it to my college-age cousins as a present this Christmas.
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Mark Sable is a writer for print, stage and screen best known for his creator-owned comic books.
Sable's first published work was Image Comics GROUNDED with artist Paul Azaceta, the tale of a teenager sent to a high school for superheroes where everyone has powers except him. The two collaborated most recently on GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES, about Marines and Taliban teaming to fight a zombie insurgency in Afghanistan. Sable will be adapting GRAVEYARD for the screen in 2013.
Other creator-owned comics include HAZED - a dark comedy about sororities and eating disorders - with artist Robbi Rodriguez and FEARLESS - the story about a panic stricken superhero addicted to an anti-fear drug - both from Image Comics. Other creator-owned work includes RIFT RADIERS and DECOY for Kickstart Comics and UNTHINKABLE with artist Julian Totino Tedesco from BOOM! Studios - a thriller about a writer whose worst case terrorist scenarios was optioned for feature film production by Mandalay in 2010.
Mark has written for both Marvel and DC Comics, including Batman: Two-Face Year One, Teen Titans cold case with artist Sean Murphy, Teen Titans Spotlight: Cyborg (the first and only solo series for that iconic African American character, Supergirl (featuring her new origin) and What If? Spider-Man (Killed Kraven The Hunter),
He's contributed to numerous award-winning comic book anthologies including Tori Amos' Comic Book Tattoo, Image's 24/7 and Popgun and Boom!'s Cthulhu Tales.
In addition to his comics work, Mark has written online graphic novels for NBC's Heroes, animated shorts for Zach Snyder's "Sucker Punch" and sold an animated pilot to the Cartoon Network.
He also teaches writing, currently for The Writer's Bootcamp and soon for The School of Visual Arts new Visual Narrative MFA program.
Sable received his B.A. in English from Duke University, an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a J.D. from The University of Southern California Law School.
Mark Sable also has the distinction of being the only individual to have worked for both Charlie Rose and Howard Stern.