Who We Are: Marc Weidenbaum

 
illustration by Agnes Lee

illustration by Agnes Lee

 

Name:
Marc Weidenbaum

Location:
The Richmond District, San Francisco, California

Profession:
writer/editor 

Favorite artist/illustrator:
That's a tough call. I'm purposefully only listing here the names of people I've never worked with. For superhero comics it's been a tight race between Frank Quitely and Chris Bachalo for a long time, with David Aja and Adrian Alphona also prominently in the mix.

Chris Bachalo gets some young X-Men into surreal trouble.

Chris Bachalo gets some young X-Men into surreal trouble.

In a more "literary comics" realm, right now I'm pretty fixated on Jillian Tamaki and Jason Shiga β€” Shiga especially as a visual-narrative thinker. Honestly, there are so many great artists working these days, I'd have a hard time keeping this list to under 50 names. In manga, I spend too much time lost in the work of Jiro Taniguchi and Yuichi Yokoyama. There's are so many I'd put as these folks' equals. We live in a Golden Age β€” oh, Golden Age is taken, so make that Platinum Age β€” of insanely fluid, original, varied comics art.

And speaking of surreal, here's a very dreamy image by Jillian Tamaki.

And speaking of surreal, here's a very dreamy image by Jillian Tamaki.

Best book you've read in the past year:
I don't think I've super-loved any of the books I've read in the past year. The best is probably Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. Starts off with a planet-wide catastrophe, and then speeds into the future.

Kids book you could read every night:
A Summery Saturday Morning by Margaret Mahy. Not all rhyming books are created equally. Some just rhyme, more as a matter of course than out of some sort of artistic purpose. Some rhyming books, as well, are more musical than others. This one inspires singing as much as reading. We've got a good little faux calypso (faulypso?) thing going with this household favorite.

Best memory of being a kid:
I grew up in the suburbs of New York City, out on Long Island. My favorite memory is something my parents used to do with us a lot, which was to go to Manhattan where we'd visit art galleries during the daytime and then head at night to Chinatown for dinner, usually Sichuan food. I've pretty much constructed my adult life so it takes my childhood memory and makes it a daily reality: a mix of artistic pursuits + spicy food. We also camped a lot when I was a kid, which is where this throwback photo of me originated: 

Maybe this is from the summer when a Crater Lake ranger taught me the word "aesthetic."

Maybe this is from the summer when a Crater Lake ranger taught me the word "aesthetic."

Favorite weekend activity:
A packed day with my five-year-old, hitting museums and playgrounds, doing everything in the city by bus and foot.

Song currently on repeat:
"Saddest Continent on Earth" by Nonkeen (a band featuring keyboardist Nils Frahm) from a recent album called The Gamble.

 
 

Favorite meal:
If I have to choose one, dim sum.  

Last time you made something with your hands:
Does it count that I've been constructing a modular synthesizer for the past year or so? Probably not. Frankly, I don't do this enough. I need to learn to solder.

 
You'd be amazed how much fun a 5-year-old has with these bleeps and bloops.

You'd be amazed how much fun a 5-year-old has with these bleeps and bloops.

 

Fun fact about you:
As of this summer I will have lived in the Richmond District of San Francisco for 20 years (not counting the four I lived in New Orleans, from 1999-2003). I've lived in three homes here, each one closer and closer to the ocean.