Anonymous asked: Hello! I was wondering if you have anything to say about the creation of gregory at all? It's one of my favorite comics
Thank you, nice anon! Okay, then, The Gregory Story …
It was ca. 1988 and I was the regular penciler on Comico’s Jonny Quest comic, which was a lot of fun until it wasn’t. I had been a big fan of the original, prime time TV series, but after a couple years of working on the title, the novelty had worn off … and, importantly, drawing Jonny (as “on model” as I could manage) didn’t allow me to express who I was as a person or creator. Well, back in 1986 I had done this one-off humor strip that I really liked called “It’s Spring!” for Honk! (Fantagraphics); it was the same story that later appeared in Gregory, but the unnamed, straitjacketed character was ganglier and more adult-like. So, when Jonny ended, I fully immersed myself in developing this loony, lovable guy … named him (well, he sorta named himself), made him smaller and cuter, added supporting characters, and wrote lots of new material of varying story lengths. It was a joyful explosion of creativity that enabled me to fully be myself on the comics page – a much appreciated opportunity after working as a collaborator on Jonny and other titles for several years. Well, at some point I had forty-plus pages of Gregory strips, so I shopped it around as a book. While Fantagraphics and others were interested, I ended up going with DC Comics and their new Piranha Press imprint, mostly because they were paying an advance, and I thought that the title would get better publicity. Fast forward: Two printings sold out, the book was nominated for Harvey and Eisner Awards, I did three more volumes, and there’s been some Hollywood interest off and on over the years. Personally, I’m just grateful that Gregory is still fondly remembered after two and a half decades!
Interesting story: Hoping to get a foreword written for the book, I sent material to (one of my heroes and major influences) Charles Schulz. He wrote back saying, essentially, that he didn’t get it, and that I should try doing something in a more realistic vein. Oh, well!
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Two panels from my strip in the upcoming book Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream (click on to view larger). Only a few hours left to help fund this amazing project!!!!! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1576907254/little-nemo-dream-another-dream
Anonymous asked: Hi Marc, Loved Tug & Buster! Any chance of a re-boot? Cheers! Alex
Thank you, Alex! Unfortunately, there’s always a chance these guys will return. :o) Here they are in a recent drawing, albeit slightly revised/updated (and sans cigs) …
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Two more panels from my strip in the upcoming book Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream!
shamefulclutter asked: New fan here - LOVE YOUR WORK! Is it true you are a fellow Smaltimorean?
Thank you! Yes … I’m originally from the Chicago area but have lived in Baltimore for many years.