Mark Kalesniko


Alex Kalienka is in an awful jam.
Literally, a traffic jam but figuratively, his whole life is a mess. A dream job turned nightmare at the biggest animation studio in the world. A love affair that is not what he imagined. And possibly someone with a life-threatening grudge against him...
In his first new graphic novel since 2001s acclaimed Mail Order Bride, Mark Kalesniko compresses an entire life into a single day as the frustrated animator, stewing on a pitiless California freeway, alternately rages, reminisces, fantasizes, and hallucinates intercut with a series of imagined moments from two generations ago, the Golden Age of animation, when an earlier Alex made his entry into a much different professional world.
Loaded with fascinating insider gossip and historical details on two different eras of animators, skipping seamlessly among the present and several different pasts, reality and fantasy, Freeway is another step forward for a major cartooning talent.

Selected Works

Short Stories
A new 32 page Alex story. The fear of leaving home.
A 40 page Alex story. Alex's worst fear just crawled in.
Not all casualities ended when the war stopped.
A three page Alex story.
Graphic Novels
While stuck in a traffic jam, Alex Kalienka daydreams about his live, his past and his fantasies. "Freeway will inevitably place high on many critic's year's best lists." --The Miami Herald "The book's subject matter is dishy, the design is bright, and Kalesniko has a flair for slapstick-y visual gags." --The Onion AV Club
"Kalesniko doesn't mince words as he explores issues of race, morality, passion, and identity."
--The Arizona Republic

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