Jonathan welcomes Elle León Nostas and Andrew Penczner, creators of Mark of Death: Year of the Rat for Bliss on Tap Publishing. They talk about creating the larger world around their story, and the inspiration behind their tale of time stealers and death dealers.
Elle León Nostas is an award-winning Bolivian American director, writer, and producer.
He is the Executive Producer and creator of the documentary series Fix My Kid, currently in partnership with Michael Sugar’s Sugar23 and House Of NonFiction. He is currently attached as the Executive Producer and Co-Creator of the live-action series adaptations of the YA award-winning novel Surrender Your Sons by author Adam Sass, and Someone is Always Watching by New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong. He most recently directed the short film Savior, which won the Bruce Corwin Award at the 2021 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
He is the author and co-creator of the graphic novel series Mark of Death from Bliss On Tap Publishing with renowned artist Steven E. Gordon, and is currently in development for his first animated series Katari & the Last Gods: a mystical action/adventure retelling of the Spanish colonization of the Andean Plateau through the eyes of the indigenous people and their Gods. He most recently founded The Indigenous Empowerment Fund to raise funds for indigenous communities across the Andean diaspora.
Andrew Penczner is a screenwriter, producer, and graphic novel author.
A graduate of the MFA screenwriting program at USC and a descendant of painter Paul Penczner, Andrew started his career in Los Angeles as a commercial director with clients like Red Bull and Intel before migrating to the world of political campaigns in the US and abroad.
Andrew produced the feature film Buck Alamo, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2021, starring Bruce Dern. He also produced Savior, which won the 2021 Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Bruce Corwin Award.
He is the author and co-creator of the graphic novel series Mark of Death from Bliss On Tap Publishing with renowned artist Steven E. Gordon, and is currently in development for his first animated series Katari & the Last Gods, a mystical action/adventure retelling of the Spanish colonization of the Andean Plateau.
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