By: E&P Staff
Mark Tatulli’s “Heart of the City” strip will celebrate its 10th anniversary with Universal Press Syndicate this Saturday, Nov. 22.
Set in Philadelphia, the strip follows life?s curveballs as faced by Heart, the main character, as she lives a child?s life in a big city. Other characters include Heart?s single mother; Mrs. Angelini, the nanny; Dean, and school friends Kat and Dean.
Tatulli has the distinction of creating two successful syndicated comic strips for Universal Press Syndicate: ?Heart of the City,? and ?Lio.?
Referred to as a ?fresh blend of weird and wonderful? by ?Mr. Media? author Bob Andelman, Tatulli generated praise for ?Heart? almost out of the box. Universal Press Syndicate editor Greg Melvin recognized the strip?s ?inherent warmth? the first saw the comic, according to a release.
One of several storylines that garnered the strip national attention ran in 2000, in which the comic strip?s creator traced the story of Mrs. Angelini?s husband. The series of strips discusses how they met and how he was drafted into service in the Korean War, and Mrs. Angelini receives a letter informing her that her husband was missing in action. That series was requested to be used in a Cold War history book published by Colorado?s Fort Morgan Museum.
On top of his comic career, Tatulli has received three Emmy Awards for his work in television.