Trained as a Billboard painter in the 1970’s & 80’s, Makara successfully peddled such American staples as Marlboro, Seagrams, & Budweiser beer, so essential to the American economy, while beautifying the outdoor landscape along the I-95 corridor. Captivated by comic books since childhood, and not able to paint outdoors in the winter months, Makara spent his downtime making carved wooden, painted, & faux finished phony comic books which were totally by accident introduced to Ivan Karp , proprietor of OK Harris Gallery in 1995. Karp hailed these as “ ART,” and Makara successfully peddled his wares at stupid prices in NYC until an Epiphany in 2010 drove him to Abstraction ( not distraction ). Today, Makara works in his Fortress of Solitude in the woods of Redding, CT.