Mark Zingarelli is a Pittsburgh area (Irwin) based comics artist and illustrator who has had a long and storied career. He first rose to prominence during the mid to late 1980s in the pages of R. Crumb’s Weirdo magazine during the years when it was under the editorship of Peter Bagge. Fantagraphics published Zingarelli’s Real Life comics in 1990, and he went on to collaborate with Harvey Pekar on a number of stories for Pekar’s American Splendor series of magazines, comics and books. He is also a widely published and highly rated illustrator whose classic, comics style illustrations have been gracing the pages of publications such as The New Yorker, Newsweek, Esquire, The Washington Post, Spy Magazine and many, many others for the past twenty-five years. His latest work, done in collaboration with fellow PIX 2015 guest, Joyce Brabner, is the graphic novel, Second Avenue Caper, which presents an irreverent chronicle of the personal response and initial activism of N.Y.C.’s gay community during the early days of the AIDS crisis.