Mark Evanier is an American television and comic book writer.

His early television work was mostly in sitcoms, including ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'', on which he was a story editor, but he is better known as a writer (and sometimes voice director) of animated series, including ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' (of which he wrote nearly every episode), ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'', ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' (which he helped develop and wrote the pilot episode of), ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian'', and ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''.

For the latter, he had the unenviable job of writing the episode that introduced the infamous [[TheScrappy Scrappy-Doo]]. Relating the episode's history in a series of articles called [[http://www.newsfromme.com/writings/scrappy-days/ Scrappy Days]], he argues that Scrappy's {{hatedom}} is mostly a modern phenomenon, and at the time, the character actually helped keep the show on the air.

In comics he is the co-writer (with Creator/SergioAragones) of ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer'', and co-creator of ''[=The DNAgents=]'' and ''Crossfire''. He has written a well-regarded run on ''ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}}''. In his early years in comics, he worked as a production assistant for Creator/JackKirby, of whom he has published a biography.

Evanier writes a popular blog entitled [[http://www.newsfromme.com/ News From ME]]. His website is chock full of bits of show biz and comic history often not documented anywhere else. Particularly of Creator/JackKirby (his mentor) whom he wrote an exhaustive book about, and the classic comedy ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' (he had a hand in the recent restorative blu-ray release). He's also an unabashed fan of Creator/JuneForay, whom he cast in several of his shows, and was partly responsible for her first EmmyAward nomination.

Additionally, he often posts obits of a lot of lesser known comic creators and Hollywood actors, writer and producers that often get completely overlooked in the mainstream. Sadly, his obits were so good and so frequent as The Golden Age population began dying out, his website has often been mis-identified as a "Obituary Site." For this reason, he is in high demand to host panels at [[FanConvention San Diego Comic Con]], especially relating to the GoldenAge of comics. He hosts well over a dozen every year.

%%Creator pages are for helping readers find tropes that appear in that creator's works, not for trying to find tropes in the creator's own life.
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!! Tropes present in his work:

* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: {{Defied}}. In some of his TV scripts in TheEighties, Evanier was forced by MoralGuardians to include this {{Aesop}}, which he hated due to its UnfortunateImplications of groupthink. When he had more creative control over his scripts, he took every opportunity to parody it devastatingly. The best example of this would be "The Buddy Bears" from ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''.
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: On one of the variety shows where Evanier worked as head writer, he realized he could ask the producers for anything and they would get it for the show-- so he [[RefugeInAudacity wrote a sketch that called for a live elephant]]. The joke was meant to be that an {{infomercial}} advertiser [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom didn't notice an elephant in his studio]], but it got even funnier when the elephant decided to... Just go read it [[http://www.newsfromme.com/pov/col226/ here]].
* TheScrappy: [[invoked]] {{Deconstructed}} in his blog series [[http://www.newsfromme.com/writings/scrappy-days/ Scrappy Days]], in which he explains how the character of Scrappy-Doo came to be.
* StylisticSuck: As related in [[http://www.newsfromme.com/pov/col198-2/ this column]], he wrote a script for an AnimatedAdaptation of the children's book "Mama Don't Allow." The story is about a bad saxophone player, which caused difficulty when the professional saxophonist they hired for the part had a very hard time playing badly enough.