L E E M A R R S –
Best known for The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp (nominated for a 2017 Eisner Award), Lee Marrs was a frequent contributor to underground comics and one of the “founding mommies” of the Wimmen’s Comix collective, as well as Gay Comics. In 1982 she received the comics industry’s Inkpot Award. For most of her career she ran Lee Marrs Artwork, a digital design & animation company. The company’s slogan : “Serving the Cosmos Since 1972”.
As one of Mike Friedrich’s Star*Reach regulars, she expanded her writing & art style to include serious fantasy fiction in “Stark’s Quest” (1977-79). Using a more illustrative style, she created short futuristic graphic tales for Heavy Metal magazine, and Epic Illustrated. She’s author/artist to hundreds of titles, reprinted in nine countries. She wishes she could’ve visited all of them…
Marrs had a mainstream comics career at the same time. After assisting on Prince Valiant, Lil’ Orphan Annie and other comic strips, she drew tales for DC’s Plop, Weird Mystery and House of Secrets. She created “Crazy Lady” (1975), a series about growing up female for Marvel’s Crazy magazine. But most of her mainstream comics work was as a writer, for Unicorn Isle (1983), Wonder Woman : Annual (1989), Viking Glory: the Viking Prince (1991), Zatanna: Come Together (1993), Faultlines (1997) and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight: Stalking (1998).
She especially enjoyed writing the Dark Horse’s series Indiana Jones and the Arms of Gold (1994) and Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix (1995), stories drawn exquisitely by Leo Durañona. She came back to Dark Horse again in 2006 for Sexy Chix, Anthology of Women Cartoonists. In 2017, The Complete Wimmen’s Comix, edited by Trina Robbins, won the Eisner for Best Archival Collection. She contributed a 4 page story “Got Over It” to Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival, edited by Diane Noomin, which won the Eisner for Best Anthology. Woo woo.
Marrs has had another career, that of an animation director – parallel to her comics work. An Emmy Award-winning art director, she pioneered in 2D digital animation in the early 1980s. Her clients have included Disney/ABC, Apple Computer, IBM, Time Warner Inc., Children’s Television Workshop, Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, and MTV.
Beginning in 2000, Marrs taught at Berkeley City College. She served as Multimedia Chair there until she retired in 2014, glad to spend time out of the cold.
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