#22: Mario Acevedo
Mario Acevedo writes evil good stories about a soldier-turned-vampire detective named Felix Gomez, who tangles with zombies and werewolves and other more "exotic" monsters in books like The Nymphos of Rocky Flats and The Undead Kama Sutra. And they're funny! His latest project is Good Money Gone, a collaboration with author Richard Kilborn.
Acevedo is also an active voice in the local community of mystery and fantasy writers, a sometime instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and a painter who, among other things, creates canvases committed to motorcycles and tributes to Denver's sweetest neon signs. We invited Acevedo to share some wit via the 100CC questionnaire; read on for his short and sweet answers. They're all one-liners.
See also:100 Colorado Creatives: Jerry Vigil
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Only one? The late sci-fi artist John Berkey. I could've learned a lot from him. And F. Scott Fitzgerald. I would have told him that The Great Gatsby became a bigger success than he ever imagined, and then maybe he wouldn't have drunk himself to death.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
My writing buddies Warren Hammond, Angie Hodapp, Jeanne Stein and Aaron Michael Ritchey. They have big, voluptuous brains.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
In the coiffure arts -- the faux hawk. Either have the 'nads to grow a real Mohawk, or comb your hair. And tuck in your shirt.
What's your day job?
Freelance writer, professional liar and painter.
A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?
Buy a limo with extra-dark windows and get chauffeured everywhere as a mystery patron with unlimited funds.
What're the one thing two things Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?
Do more to promote local artists. Plus relax the attitude on retail marijuana, and use the tax money to sponsor a kick-ass book festival at Lighthouse Writers.
Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?
Eric Matelski. No one works as hard as he does at his own art and at promoting other artists.
What's on your agenda in the coming year?
Stay off the street corner, and avoid eating ramen.
Who do you think will get noticed in the local arts community in 2014?
Will or should? I'm voting for Jen Mosquera, who does both fine art and event staging. She's brilliantly creative and shines brighter than the sun. Learn more about Mario Acevedo online.
Throughout the year, we'll be shining the spotlight on 100 superstars from Denver's rich creative community. Stay tuned to Show and Tell for more, or visit the 100 Colorado Creatives archive to catch up.
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