"A comic strip has longevity to it that a lot of things don't, these days. I feel fortunate to be carrying on something that can live through generations."
Mason Mastroianni has always been passionate about art. Born with one of those rare artistic gifts, Mason was seldom seen without pen and paper as a child. Growing up, Mason worked to hone and test his talent by entering and winning many local and state art competitions.
Mason attended illustration courses at the Rhode Island School of Design, then enrolled in The DAVE School (Digital Animation and Visual Effects) in Orlando. Upon graduation, he took a position as a CG animator in Minneapolis. Mason's work at Wet Cement Productions earned the company an Emmy award for computer graphic animation.
When his grandfather, Johnny Hart passed away in 2007, Mason returned home to upstate NY, to draw, write and carry on Johnny's legacy.
Mason's combination of raw talent and early exposure to the cartooning world through his "Pops", made him by far the best candidate to carry on the comic strip, B.C.
Mick Mastroianni co-writes B.C.
and is the head writer for Wizard of Id
In 2004 while living in Orlando and volunteering at the SPCA, Mick created his own comic strip, Dogs of C-Kennel
. Upon moving back to NY in 2006 and with his grandfather Johnny Hart as his mentor, Mick rounded out his characters and ideas, and in February 2007, Creators began featuring Dogs of C-Kennel
on their web-site as a comic strip in development.
When Hart passed away and Mason returned home to take over the duties as B.C.
head writer and cartoonist, Mick asked him to come on board as illustrator and help further develop the look of the dogs.
On October 4, 2010, Dogs of C-Kennel
was launched by Creators.
Perri Hart, Johnny's youngest daughter, worked with her dad, writing and producing B.C.
for over two decades. Working so closely with Johnny, Perri picked up his style of lettering and color sense.
Today, Perri letters and colors B.C.
and is a contributing gag writer. Perri is an accomplished photographer, having graduated from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1980.
Visit Perri's website
Patti Hart is Johnny's oldest daughter. Patti's claim to fame is that she is "Johnny Hart's daughter and Mason Mastroianni's mother." Patti works behind the scenes on the operational demands of the business. She is the "smiling face behind the fan mail," the one who answers your letters and responds to your comments on the web site.
On April 7, 2007, Johnny Hart passed away quietly at his drawing board doing what he loved; bringing laughter to the world through his two comic strips, B.C. and Wizard of Id. Shortly thereafter, Bobby Hart, Johnny's wife, assembled a team with the best qualifications to carry on her husband's legacy. They share his DNA.
Bobby resides at the helm of a team lead by grandson Mason Mastroianni, B.C. cartoonist and head writer; grandson Mick Mastroianni, B.C. writer and Wizard of Id head writer; daughter, Perri Hart, writer, letterer and colorist; and daughter Patti Hart, business coordinator. With her 55 years of experience as the wife of a cartoonist, Bobby and her team will ensure that B.C. and Wizard of Id continue for future generations to enjoy.