I spell my name with an exclamation point, like so: David Malki !

It’s considered an honorific, and used in the same manner as “Jr.” or “PhD”: there’s a single space before it. The exclamation point is not pronounced — though many have tried, often with hilarious results.

In addition to making these comics, I also work on book design and special projects for TopatoCo, the world’s most interesting artist-direct merchandise website. In the past, I’ve been a professional movie trailer editor, a volunteer search & rescue pilot, and a freelance firearm specialist for film & television. Sometimes all at the same time.

In 2009, I began turning down all other work to focus on Wondermark and TopatoCo, and currently I’m one of the small (but growing!) number of individuals supported entirely by the exciting medium of Comics on the Internet™. My income comes mainly from sales of interesting products, patron sponsorship, as well as (in much smaller measures) private art or design commissions and the sale of advertising on this site.

In addition to creating comics, I also speak on the subject of history, the comic strip medium, advertising, media literacy and business. I live in Los Angeles with my wife Nikki, and I love kittens.

You are more than welcome to write me for any reason whatsoever! However, if it’s just a quick note, please hit me up on Twitter instead ( @malki ) — it’s a lot easier than email and you will likely get a much faster reply. For messages requiring over 140 characters, write dave at wondermark dot com. Most emails are responded to eventually.

For store inquiries, please write to store at wondermark dot com or call (310) 986-3483 during business hours, Pacific time.

For professional inquiries, such as appearances, speaking engagements, publishing, or press inquiries, please write to business at wondermark dot com.

You can also write me a physical letter, and I will try my darnedest to write you one back! As a kid, I wrote to Jeana Yeager (who co-piloted the Voyager aircraft around the world) and we were pen-pals for like six months.

2554 Lincoln Blvd #214
Venice CA 90291


Wondermark is created from 19th century woodcuts and engravings, scanned from my personal collection of old books and also from volumes in the Los Angeles Central Library. Most of the books are bound volumes of general-interest magazines such as Harper’s, Frank Leslie’s and Punch, but my collection also includes special-interest magazines such as Scientific American, Sears-Roebuck catalogs, storybooks, and primers.

I’m always interested in acquiring more source material, so if you find a moldy old book in your attic (from 1860-1895), and it’s full of old engravings, drop me a line!

Wondermark began in April 2003. It’s been in several papers over the years (most notably in the print edition of The Onion from 2006-2009, and the online AV Club from 2009-2013) but these days is found mostly online or in collections from Dark Horse Books as well as my own press, Bearstache.

You can feel free to re-post any comics from this site on your blog, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. without asking permission, so long as you include a link back to wondermark.com as well!


Wondermark.com updates multiple times every week, with new comics on Tuesdays & Fridays and additional articles or blog posts throughout the week. The tags below each comic and after each blog post, or the “All tags” directory, may alert you to other comics or posts on similar topics. Popular tags include drawings, writing, and beards.

There are loads of ways to subscribe to Wondermark posts — email, RSS, LiveJournal, and Twitter are the best, and all will give you 100% of the content of the site.

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To be honest, I don’t really use Facebook that much — and when I do, it’s mainly just to stay in touch with family. So as a rule, I don’t accept friend invites from anyone who’s not my in-person, real-world friend… it just makes everything easier to handle.

Besides, I don’t do anything on Facebook anyway; it’s not like you’re missing out on anything. All public balderdash these days is handled by my Twitter and my Tumblr.

But there is a Facebook page for Wondermark, and that might be something cool to check out! All the comics are posted there too (although Facebook might limit how often it shows them to you. Nothing I can do about that, sadly).

I’m not on LinkedIn. I’m LinkedOut.


Yes, this is possible! But to be honest, I have done a lot of interviews and most of them are freely available to read. (In fact, here is a list.) I respectfully ask that anybody doing a school report, etc. take a brief look through that list; in there you’ll find answers to all of the common questions I’m often asked. If you have further questions not covered in a prior interview, new follow-ups, or your report is about a particular theme that I haven’t publicly discussed, I’d be happy to look over your questions, but I am kind of slow at these things. If my previous interviews can answer your questions then it’s really much easier for both of us.

If you would like to conduct a new interview for a news article or feature story, that’s great! I am happy to speak with you. However I still ask that you look over the list of prior interviews, just so your new interview doesn’t cover ground that has already been trod to death.

If you write me with an interview request, please include the word “huckleberry” in your subject line so I know you’ve read this. If you haven’t, please don’t feel bad if I send you here first! It really saves both of us quite a bit of time.


Articles / Columns:

True Stuff from Old Books
The Making of Wondermark

‘Comics’ is Killing Webcomics
One More Chance (an essay about flying)
Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
Nine Ways to Feel a Bookstore (Poets & Writers)


Dispatches from Wondermark Manor
“Fever” (horror-ish)
“Life-Sized Arena Tetris!”
Machine of Death: “Cancer” and “Cocaine and Painkillers”
Other misc. stories and jokes

Guest comics:

Dinosaur Comics 1 / 2
Whispered Apologies 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Reprographics 1 / 2 / 3
The Webcomic Hurricane Relief Telethon
Thinkin’ Lincoln 1 / 2
Alien Loves Predator
Pirate and Alien
Perfect Stars
Scenes From a Multiverse

Reviews of my work:

The Annotated Wondermark
Beards of our Forefathers 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Clever Tricks to Stave Off Death 1 / 2 / 3
Dapper Caps & Pedal-Copters
Expendable 1 / 2

Interviews / Media:

Comics Manifest (podcast)
The Art of Engineering
Keith Baker’s Six Questions (text)
The Setup (text)
Crowdfunding with Matthew Lesko (video)
Help Fund My Robot Army!!!Contributor interview (text)
Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (podcast)
The Creative Penn (video)
To The Top (podcast)
Jordan, Jesse, GO! 1 / 2
New Disruptors (podcast)
War Rocket Ajax (podcast)
Mustache Rangers (podcast)
C2E2 interview with Kurt Sasso (video)
Quail Bell Magazine (text)
RGBfilter @ TCAF (video)
Comic Book Club @ MoCCA (video)
Metropolis Comics in-store apperance (video)
Things I’d Rather Be Doing (text)
Comic Book Resources 1 / 2 / 3 (text)
The Sound of Young America (audio)
The Comics Reporter (text)
STAPLE! 2008 (video)
Comixology (audio)
Comic Book Bin (text)
Words and Pictures (audio)
Greylock Arts: .Comics (text)
Illiterate Magazine 1 / 2 (text)
Heroes Con 2008 (audio)
RagingCheetah.com (text)
Webcomics Weekly (audio)
Blank Label Podcast (audio)
Modern Tales (text)

Other interesting projects:

Machine of Death (book series & card game)
Bookwar with Ryan North
Tweet Me Harder (comedy talk show, 2009-2011)
Real True Actual Stories of America (animations)
Expendable (a film)
Me Vs. Comic-Con: Who’s Better? (a film)
Wedding trailer/poster
Borat in Santa Monica / Borat in Hollywood