“Comics are best when they’re using their own visual language to tell substantive stories” Talking comics and cinema with Benjamin Marra

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Jeffery Klaehn

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Abstract: Grammy-nominated comic book creator, cartoonist and illustrator Benjamin Marra is the creator of Night Business, Gangsta Rap Posse, The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd (A Work of Satire and Fiction), Lincoln Washington: Free Man!, Blades & Lazers and Terror Assaulter: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror). His webcomic is “What We Mean By Yesterday.” Marra’s comics work is often characterized by experimentation, with pushing creative boundaries. This interview, featuring discussion of cinema and comics, making comics, and the comics industry, is unique in terms of its presentation and structure. It presents Marra’s replies to several interview questions at the outset, followed by the questions themselves. This is followed by more questions, answers and conversation, structured within a much more conventional Q&A interview format. Several questions which were left unanswered are presented in conclusion. The presentation is designed to align with the creative spirit of Marra’s work and many of the films he cites as influences.
Keywords: Benjamin Marra, comics, creative industries, comics industry, cinema, visual art, graphic novels

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