Originally from Chicago, Marc now lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he enjoys relative fame as "America's Most Beloved Semi-Obscure Cartoonist." He is best known for his collaboration with Neil Gaiman on The Sandman: The Kindly Ones, and with Mark Wheatley on Breathtaker, Mars, and Blood of the Innocent. His own creations Gregory and Tug & Buster have been nominated for several industry awards, and his recent humor anthology Naked Brain won as Best Comic Book in the Baltimore City Paper's Best of Baltimore issue. Hempel's work has also appeared in Epic Illustrated, Heavy Metal, Jonny Quest, Clive Barker's Hellraiser, My Faith in Frankie, The Dreaming, Lucifer, and Disney Adventures. Currently, Marc is a regular contributor to MAD Magazine, and he has recently completed a 21-page, full color story for The Escapist (Dark Horse Comics).