Local

May 17, 2012

Featured Comicon author calls FH ‘home’

Story and photo by Natalie Lakosil
Staff Writer

Author and Electronic Proving Grounds employee, Jeffrey Mariotte, signs some of his novels and comics for a local fan. Mariotte is a featured author at the Phoenix Comicon May 24 – 27.

Just like out of a comic book, writer Jeffrey Mariotte not only writes novels and comic books but also works locally on Fort Huachuca at Electronic Proving Ground.

Mariotte works as a technical editor at EPG and also writes comic books, novels, graphic novels and occasionally dabbles in non-fiction writing. He has written 46 novels, five non-fiction books and 133 comics since becoming a professional writer in 1998, but he has written countless stories since childhood.

Mariotte said he started his career when he managed to sell a short science fiction story, “The Last Rainmaking Song,” about prolonged drought, and the main character is in the Air Force.

“After that I wanted to write and submitted more short stories, didn’t get much published, but had a little bit of journalism published, and I was working in the book business selling books in California,” he said of his beginning days.

He eventually opened his own bookstore, Mysterious Galaxy, with this wife and another partner in California.

“I guess I started writing comics because my head is full of lies,” Mariotte said with a chuckle. “I have always been drawn to telling stories and kind of looking at the world I live in and that we all live in, through a slightly altered perspective.”

“Or maybe it is a perspective that in some ways is more real because it looks at things from different angles than I think most people do. So it’s always been a goal, and it became a career, and I have been privileged to get to do a lot of it,” he added.

Mariotte is one of the featured authors at this year’s Phoenix Comicon. The Phoenix Comicon is Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 – 27.

“I love it [Phoenix Comicon]; I have been going there pretty much since I moved to Arizona in 2004. I have been with it since it grew from this one-day show in Mesa to this huge multi-day extravaganza in downtown Phoenix. And they have treated me really nicely, and the fans are great. It is just a really really good show,” Mariotte said.

He has also attended and been featured in the San Diego Comic Convention since 1980. This year at the Phoenix Comicon, Mariotte will be featured for horror, crime and western pieces. He will be discussing his new novel, “Dark Vengeance,” and upcoming projects as well as signing his work for fans.

Mariotte, who is from San Diego, came to Fort Huachuca eight years ago because the economy declined and the publishing world was hit with a new wave of technology.

“I had been writing full-time for years and was looking at a near end. So I thought a day job would be a good idea, and here I am. I work as a technical editor, still using the same skills,” he said. “In the comic publishing world I became an editor and worked there for years, so I had an editing background.”

“The best part of writing comics is because someone else is going to draw it, I never know what it is going to look like. I kind of have a story in my head that I put down on paper of what I want to see. But it’s still the artist’s vision that creates the final project, so you end up with something that’s better or cooler than you could have done yourself or that they could have done writing. It’s the combination that makes it the final project. Always exciting to see the comic come together, [a] funky collaborative process that is unlike anything else,” Mariotte said.

“Then writing a novel is entirely in your head, it’s all your vision. If you make it work, its because you did something right and, if not, it’s because you couldn’t pull it off but it’s entirely on you,” he added.

Mariotte said he gets his inspiration from life.

“I think the world is stranger and more magical than many of us perceive. So I look for that stuff or I am drawn to the kind of stuff. … I like to imagine what it is like to be in that person’s shoes; a criminal, a cop, a victim — all these different people in your head.”

Mariotte said he will never stop writing “because, writers don’t really get a retirement program, and I will write until the day they plant me.” His most recent novel is “The Devils Bate.”

Mariotte’s books and comics can be found at Hastings and other shops in Arizona as well as online at Mysterious Galaxy.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Clay and Laura Murray

First major Arizona wildfire of 2014 burns in Huachuca Mountains

Clay and Laura Murray This photo of the Brown Fire was taken on Monday evening from Mott Circle on Fort Huachuca. As of Fort Huachuca Scout press time Thursday, firefighters were still working to contain it. A wildfire, the Bro...
 
 
Maranda Flynn

AAFES making small changes for customer satisfaction

Maranda Flynn L&A Southern Style Bar-B-Q, currently located inside Armed Forces Bank, will be relocating to the food court inside the Fort Huachuca Exchange in the next few months. It will replace Manchu Wok, which is clos...
 
 
Courtesy of Glenn Gaskins

Son of Army retirees is top of his league

Courtesy of Glenn Gaskins Najee Gaskins, 16, participates in the Arizona Junior Fall Classic, a baseball showcase held last October in Peoria, Ariz. Playing second base position, he ranks number four in the state and 60th in th...
 

 

Fort Huachuca Exchange shoppers have their say April 24 – May 17

In an effort to constantly improve the level of service provided throughout its facilities, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service relies on an ongoing Customer Satisfaction Index for localized, real-time snapshots of how successful the organization is at meeting the community’s needs. The survey, which addresses customer service, pricing, sales associate availability, merchandise assortm...
 
 
MOMC-2_2014.4

Post presents SASH Dash, celebrates Month of the Military Child

Family members visit the sand art table to make colorful creations during the Month of the Military Child event at Thunder Mountain Activity Centre Saturday. In addition to arts and crafts activities, children participated in c...
 
 
Brown-Canyon-Ranch-2_2013.10

Brown Canyon Ranch open house offers look into past

Inside the Brown Canyon Ranch home, visitors will tour an interior pertaining to the early 1900s. History buffs will also find more information on the families who owned the ranch. Go back to ranching days in Cochise County and...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin