Here’s the first in a series of “Meet the Creator” interviews with the writers and artists involved in The77 comics anthology, beginning with its youngest, Dundee-based Drew Marr. The77 recently smashed its crowdfunding target on Kickstarter, but you can still support it here – don’t miss out…
Please introduce yourself…
Drew: My name is Drew Marr.
How did you get involved in The77 anthology?
Drew: I was invited by one of the founders of the anthology, Ben K Sy.
Tell us something about your strip
Drew: The story is a sci-fi comic strip set in 2077 in London, centring on the Keyrunners – secret service agents who place and retrieve advanced software disguised as normal keys. It’s inspired by Blade Runner, Escape from New York and Escape from LA.
Who are the characters?
Drew: The two agents involved are Jake and Riley, a professional hit-man and three local gangsters.
What are your hopes for The77?
Drew: Commercial success, and to encourage creativity among the comic community.
How long have you been doing art?
Drew: I started making comics when I was five and started writing and selling them when I was nine years old.
What are your influences – and your favourite artists?
Drew: Certain comic creators and artists such as Stan Lee, Sha Nazir, John Ferguson, Charlie Adlard and Ian Kennedy.
What characters would you love to draw?
Drew: I really enjoy Psycho Gran, by David Leach.
What are your favourite comics?
Drew: I am a big fan of the Beano, and BHP Comics Laptop Guy and I collect Commando.
Who would you like to work with?
Drew: I would like to work with David Leach.
What advice would you have for upcoming artists?
Drew: My advice is, if you come up with many ideas at time, then try to focus on one or two at a time and let these develop.
Interview cross posted with thanks to Drew Marr, Ben K Sy and The77 team