|Russell Mark Olson|
Originally hailing from eastern Missouri, Russell Mark Olson is a Portsmouth, UK based comic book writer and artist who began publishing Gateway City in 2016. Since this time Russell Mark Olson has been lucky enough to collaborate with a number of writers and publishers including Cult Empire, AccentUK and Mad Robot. Russell Mark Olson draws inspiration from the EC bullpen of the 1950s, Milton Caniff, Alex Toth and black & white cinema.
When not writing and drawing comics Russell Mark Olson enjoys teaching about the art and history of comic book storytelling and drawing - providing tailored workshops and lectures to children and adults. Russell Mark Olson's experience has furthermore led him to offer creative consultation for exhibitions and presentations. Russell Mark Olson and Nick Prolix (Slang Pictorial) hope to extend this in 2019 through a monthly podcast.
Yet sequential art is not Russell Mark Olson's only love and his co-founding of The Gilded Boar Studios allows him to illustrate the macabre and pan-historical work of the wordsmith Phil Breach.
Russell Mark Olson prides himself on attention to historical detail in his work and so it is perhaps of no surprise that when not busy at the drawing board, or hunched over a sketchbook, he can be found visiting National Trust properties or rummaging around junk-shops for old photographs, maps and curios.