M. Wartella is an award-winning New York City underground cartoonist. His comix have appeared on candy wrappers, album covers, book jackets, and in magazines including SPIN, Interview, VICE and Nickelodeon. Additionally, Wartella has lent his talents to animated segments appearing on MTV and Comedy Central. In 2006, Fantagraphics Books published his full-colour short story 'Visions of Rasputin' (in the Hotwire Comic & Capers anthology), which is being developed as an fully animated Rock-and-Roll feature film. He is also the creator behind the country music spoof Mazey Gardens & The Brick Hit House Band.