J. Marc Schmidt was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1973, and currently works as a school teacher. In primary school, in 1985, he and his friends wrote and performed a play about a nuclear holocaust, and were awarded first prize in a talent contest.
After high school, he enrolled at Macquarie University in Sydney. He studied arts, majoring in classical history and minoring English literature. He graduated in 1996. In 1997 he studied the honours program at Macquarie. His thesis reappeared as an article in the 'NSW History Teachers' Association Journal'. In 2001, his 4-page comic strip 'untitled' appeared in the Melbourne-based magazine 'Tango'.
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