KABLAM WIKI ADMIN NOTE: Not to be confused with a completely different Mark Marek who ran a gore site...
"His artistic input became a real turning point for the show."
– Chris Viscardi, co-creator of KaBlam! interviewed in Not Just Cartoons: Nicktoons!
Interested in art and drawing ever since childhood, Marek graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. As his illustration career was taking off, he would then send a demo tape of rough animations to some art directors he knew that worked for Nickelodeon. Getting a callback from the network, he was asked to animate for KaBlam!. Kevin Kay, then an executive at Nickelodeon, told a local New Jersey newspaper that Marek’s style and fairly unknown status as an animator totally fit with the alternative sensibility of the show.
Marek worked out of a strip mall (and prior to that, his basement) in New Jersey before he began operating his independent animation studio Crank! It! Out! Inc. in 1995, animating the segments by himself to start, and then bringing on another animator. By the time KaBlam! came to an end, he had a team of 14 people. The five minutes of Henry and June for each episode took about three weeks to complete. Show creators Robert Mittenthal, Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi didn’t give Marek a lot of direction, except that Henry should look unkempt, as if he had just gotten out of bed. June was a little more organized, and Henry would be the one who was always catching up to her (Marek filled in the blanks from there). Marek also did voices for characters on the Henry and June segments, credited as Dr. Ferdinand Blem in the Season 1 episode "Resistance is Futile" and did other small roles. On the Season 4 episode/KaBlam! series finale "Just Chillin'," he and Crank! It! Out! Inc. presented a traditional animation segment titled Dave, Son of Hercules, a sequel to Marek's comic book "Hercules: Amongst the North Americans."
After his time at Nickelodeon, Marek created a short film "Yuck Yuck Goose and His Sidekick, His Butt" for MTV2's adult sketch comedy series Wonder Showzen in 2005. From 2010 to 2013, he was a producer of the Cartoon Network animated series MAD, reuniting with Julia McIlvaine (voice of June) who portrayed various characters. Marek has been an animation supervisor at Warner Bros. Animation since March 2010. His latest work in animation is co-producer of Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs (a spinoff of The Flintstones), released on HBO Max in late September 2021.