Drew Marr is only ten years old but has already got his sights on creating his own business designing comics – and he has already had success with his work being sold across the country!
Drew started Gold Lion Comics back in 2016 when he was just 8 years of age and two years on, his comics have found it’s way to shelves in a couple of Dundee stores including Grouchos, who were the first to stock it and Ahoy Comics stocking afterwards as well. His comics are being sold not just here in Dundee though, but across Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
The Rehabilitation of Doctor Eye
Drew has created his first comic book series called The Rehabilitation of Doctor Eye which Drew says will be a ten-part series. Asking how he got the idea of The Rehabilitation of Doctor Eye comic book series, Drew said:
“The character Doctor Eye was created when I was six or seven years old. Originally he was going to be a villain in a super hero comic but then I decided it would be more original and interesting to have him as the main character. The process of creating the comic involves alot of black and white drawings being scanned on top of the watercolour images.”
Growing up in a ‘comic-book city’
With Dundee being a hub to comic books in Scotland with the Beano, the Dandy among others being published in Dundee, I wanted to ask Drew what it was like growing up in a city which has comic book culture. He said:
“It has been really inspiring. I have already met the team at Beano and Mike Stirling has been very encouraging. The other main influence for me has been attending DeeCon from the age of four. This is a Cosplay/Anime convention that takes place at the University of Dundee Student Union in the Spring. Meeting artists and seeing their work has been really helpful. I also got to meet two very high profile comic book creators, Sha Nazir (BHP Comics) and John Ferguson (Saltire Comics).”
I wanted to know the kind of comics Drew had been a fan of before creating his own and these included some old favourites:
“The first comics I read before creating creating my own comic was Oor Wullie, The Broons and Gary Lawson comedy strips.”
A nationwide presence
Drew’s comic is already on sale across the UK through Forbidden Planet, a science fiction, fantasy and horror bookshop chain located across the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States, and is named after the 1956 feature film of the same name.
His mum Kelly had said to me:
“Forbidden Planet Edinburgh saw his comic before the summer and were happy to stock it on the Independent Comic shelf there. After being interviewed on STV other shops saw this and were happy to also stock the comic.”
Expanding his comic book series
So, Doctor Eye is Drew’s first comic book series but he is planning more stories as well:
“I currently have two main comic series in development that are related to The Rehabilitation of Doctor Eye. The first is based on a female assassin called Agent Betty with a current working title called The Betty Files and a historic comic called The Harrison Family Tree. I am also working on ideas and jokes for a children’s satire mini magazine/newsletter.
What does the future hold?
Next month Drew will become the youngest individual exhibitor in the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and there he is launching the second book of the Doctor Eye series.
Asking Drew if he wants to expand Gold Lion Comics as a full-time business, he said “Yes!!!”. I think Drew is going to go far – and who knows where he might be in the near future, one thing is certain however – whatever route he takes, it is going to be successful!
Dundee’s Young People is a series of features showcasing and celebrating the talents of Dundee’s young people and people affiliated with Dundee during the Year of Young People in 2018 launched by the Scottish Government. A project designed by Dundee Culture to let audiences know about the impact young people have in Dundee.