Ask anyone who knows Mark to describe him and the two things that will come up are toys and art.
After attending the Academy of Art College in San Francisco during the late 80’s and picking up a New York artist’s rep, Mark embarked on a 10-year plus journey as a freelance commercial illustrator. Over the years he’s worked with a diverse client list which has included Scholastic Books, Bantam Books, Harper Collins, Becketts Publications, Schlage Locks, AMD, Genentech, IBM, Square Soft, Activision, DC Comics, Sony, Galoob Toys, Lucasfilms, Hasbro Toys and numerous Advertising and Design firms nationally and internationally. The highlight of this time included over 40 cover paintings for RL Stine’s Goosbumps book series, Give Yourself Goosbumps.
Churning out hundreds of assignments over the years, coupled with deadlines from hell took a toll, both mentally and physically. “I had to reassess what was important in my life and refocus my abilities towards a new goal. ” said Nagata.
“I’d been collecting Japanese toys all along, and suddenly realized it would be cool to have a magazine of some type devoted to them.”
So it’s no surprise that Mark ended up creating and publishing Super7 Magazine. After successfully building the Super7 brand for nearly 4 years , it was time to sell and move on.”I wasn’t able to paint as much as I wanted, and I realized that the part of Super7 I enjoyed the most was creating toys ” reflects Nagata.
The end of Mark’s involvement with Super7 marked the beginning of his new venture called Max Toy Company. With a nod to the Golden Age of Japanese toys, Max Toy Co. continues the tradition of offering classic Japanese character toys by all the best toy companies.
Max Toy Co. produces it’s own exclusive toys, both licensed and original. “Max Toy Co. will allow me to produce original artwork, sculpt new toys, and work directly with a lot of my talented artist friends.” Nagata says. Max Toy Co is a synthesis of toys and art … both life long passions.
Mark Nagata’s website: http://www.marknagata.com/