Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcus Coleman.
Marcus, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
In elementary school, I had a big issue reading. My dad who is an avid comic reader and taught me how to read using comics. He used to sit me down and walk me through comic panels and connect the art with the words. Then, in like the second grade, my best friend I started making comics and selling them in class for 25 cents and well, we’ve been drawing comics and illustrating ever since. Learning to read the way I did really shape my imagination and since then, I’ve wanted nothing more to create as much stuff possible.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I think in some way everything I make is a homage to comic books. I’ll create with just about any material given to me, I’m an ink and paper kind of person, but lately, I’ve been doing a lot of work on my iPad Pro because of my scanner out of commission. Not just like big ol’ muscle packed hero comics, but like a slice of life comics (like American Splendor, Optic Nerve, Love and Rockets). I have this long-running comic called Pie & Mischief I started in college. At first, I started self-publishing it using my library printer credits, and then the school paper, and now it lives online at pieandmischief.com.
My comics and illustrations are inspired by my interest (which is mainly laughing, tacos, pizza, and obscure pop culture references). What I really want my work to do for people, is to entertain them. Sometimes, I create work that is a commentary on modern life/issues and I hope whoever sees it gains anything from it (even if it’s just a light chuckle).
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Being able to afford to do art and pay bills. For real. I mean unless you’re a gallery artist with a huge name or a comic artist with a regular income of jobs or even a graphic novelist with a literary company that gives you an advance. Most of the time you’re working full time to support your art. I don’t this struggle is anything new, but I do think in the era of social media and the internet it’s harder to monetize your work. Because you can create something dope, post it online and someone will screenshot it and share it everywhere with our credit. But you have to post your work online because it’s the best way to get your work out there. Chicago is super dope and unique in the fact that since moving here, I’ve connected with many other artists from different backgrounds. But one common struggle we find is we believe in C.R.E.A.M (Cash Rules Everything Around Me).
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can find me at:
Instagram – mcolem12 (My Instagram is where I post the most work.)
Webcomic – pieandmischief.com
Web-store – pieandmischief.bigcartel.com (I just added a new comic, shirts, and stickers!)
My Work Blog – marcusdoeswork.tumblr.com
Also, if you’re in Chicago, I have comics and zines at Chicago Comics and Quimbys!
- Website: pieandmischief.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/mcolem12
- Facebook: facebook.com/pieandmischief/
- Twitter: twitter.com/Marcus_Allen
- Other: pieandmischief.bigcartel.com