Wilco, as he was known, got his start in comics as a copy editor at Wizard magazine, a period remembered here by former Wizard staffer Andrew Kardon. (That’s Wilco as Green Arrow in the below Wizard staff Halloween photo. With his indie sensibilities and love of soap operas, Wizard wasn’t the best fit for Marc, and after leaving he found a job at Soap Opera Digest where he seemed to be happy as could be. Around this time (the late ’90s on) Marc joined the New York Chapter of Friends of Lulu, the organization for women in comics, and was a tireless organizing force, winning the Lulu award for Volunteer of the Year in 2005.
In recent years, Marc was a regular at the monthly NYC Comic Jams, and that group is mourning his death today.
Through it all, I doubt there is a single person who ever met Marc who would not agree that he was one of the sweetest, kindest, gentlest people on the face of the earth. He always tried to stay upbeat even when life dealt him reverses, supported everyone around him with kind words, and through all his quirks (he was a copy editor, after all) remained a good soul. I am so shocked at his early passing, and I hope he got some of the happiness that he deserved in life.
Too much death this year…
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.