Mark Russell is the author of DC Comics’ re-imagined version of The Flintstones, one of our favorite comics here at the library. And yes, we are talking about the Yabba-Dabba-Doo Hanna-Barbera TV characters.
Russell and illustrator Steve Pugh’s version of Bedrock is a newly established Stone Age civilization just beginning to construct things like economics, religion, marriage, science, politics, and domestic life. Seeing this world through the Flintstone family’s lens provides some hilarious and poignant satire, earning the comic series starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist.
The second and last volume of The Flintstones was published in October, so expect to see it on our annual Best of booklets and posts coming soon at the library.
We had a chance to interview Mark Russell about writing comics, what makes good satire, more thoughts on human civilization, and of course, what he’s been reading lately.