In modern times, reaching 30 years and older as a human being isn't that special. For comics, however, reaching 30 years, especially in modern times, is an amazing feat, for there are only just a handful of comics and cartoons that have survived that long. 60-year-old Mark Parisi has managed to achieve this rare milestone, but he's not stopping there, and the number keeps climbing: Mr. Parisi has been doing his "Off the Mark" cartoons ever since 1987, and the number is rounding up to 35 years now. That's more than half a solid lifetime of cartoons and comics. My bet is, he wouldn't be doing it if people didn't appreciate the comics as much as they did: it has reached thousands of newspapers and millions of hearts throughout the years, and been in tons of holiday cards. So without further ado, let's see how accurate the jokes are; I have a feeling that they're going to be a little bit "Off the Mark!" Enjoy!

If you want to check out the first part of his cartoon collection, you may see it here.

More info: Instagram | offthemark.com | patreon.com | Facebook

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Space whale
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4 months ago

It works for everyone

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Look, I really don't know the secrets of his trade and why his cartoons are so appreciated, but I can give you a few educated guesses. Part of what makes them so attractive is their simplicity and the comedic efficiency expressed in just a single panel. The other important factor is the consistency of the style. If I prompted you to imagine a newspaper comic, you'd probably imagine something very similar to what Mark actually does. This "old school" (no offense, Mark) style is extremely recognizable.

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Space whale
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4 months ago

Too late

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Mad Dragon
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4 months ago

I’ll take the heavy one by my head on my pillow, heavier one across my legs and heaviest against my back. Added bonus that these are warm weighted blankets.

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Here's what he told in an interview in the previous post Bored Panda: "I've wanted to cartoon since I could hold a crayon. I was inspired by Charles Schulz and MAD Magazine, but it wasn't until Gary Larson came along that I realized the type of comics I should be doing. Now I'm inspired by everything that happens in life, from pets to pop culture to pandemics."

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Ryan Deschanel
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4 months ago (edited)

"Sometimes, I hurt and kill. That's basically all."

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Sad Panda
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4 months ago

Ooh, the magical wish-stone inside the guacamole ball!

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This is what Mark told about the origins of the cartoon. "'Off the Mark' has been published since 1987, and started small in weekly papers. It's now nationwide in daily papers, as well as things like national greeting card lines. There are lots of Off the Mark cartoon compilation books at offthemark.com, and I also have a HarperCollins series of middle-grade chapter books called Marty Pants."

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Space whale
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4 months ago

It seems to be working

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Space whale
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4 months ago

Caught in the act

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He's happy with the career he has had, but he's not at all complacent. "I've been lucky enough to have people like Paul Newman, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, and the Dixie Chicks use my cartoons in their projects. Right now I'm working on various projects from official Garbage Pail Kids sketch cards, to a middle-grade novel called The Truth About 5th Grade with Kim Tomsic. Keeps me busy and I think being busy is important right about now."

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Space whale
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4 months ago

Understandable

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Space whale
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4 months ago

That cat really can't control itself

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If you're an aspiring comic artist, and Mark's achievements seem daunting, Mr. Parisi has given some encouraging words of wisdom for you: "For a beginner, I would say cartoon because you love it, not because you expect to get rich. Do what resonates with you and you never know what can happen."

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4 months ago

Funny, I'm starting my first week of working from home next week. I have two cats and a very big sofa. I deceive my cats always as my demotivational cats. Whenever I feel like doing something they look at me radiating they consider me to be stupid to be getting of that comfy warm sofa with company...

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Space whale
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4 months ago

Its making it much worse

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Space whale
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4 months ago

Cheeky cat

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Sad Panda
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4 months ago

At least you don’t have to bake cookies in a tree like those Keebler boys!

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Space whale
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4 months ago

That so embarrassing

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Space whale
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4 months ago

He doesn't look to happy about that

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EEF🤓
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4 months ago

Aww bless. I always feel bad for them at halloween. It's that way here for us.

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Lennah Palbachm
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4 months ago

Good heavens, I love this!

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K J
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4 months ago

We all know he's using apple maps..

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T5n
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4 months ago

What are they burning in the fire? One of them may already be a murderer.

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Scarbez
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4 months ago

Tasteless? Might need 6 herbs and 7 spices

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Floof
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4 months ago

Such a badass grandma

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ChickenNugget
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4 months ago

salt and vinegar chips are the best!

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Space whale
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4 months ago

Evil. Truly heinous crimes

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Space whale
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4 months ago

Well... It is natural

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Floof
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4 months ago

Danger is worth it though...

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Space whale
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4 months ago

Rude!

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Space whale
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4 months ago

Those are some luscious locks. Rapunzel's hair is nice too

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4 months ago

The garlic costume.

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Space whale
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4 months ago

Probably

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Mad Dragon
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4 months ago

I assume the orange then rolls upstairs instead of outside, as all slasher movie victims seem to.

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