Jan 22, 2017
I cannot draw, I truly don't have great penmanship either, so I am constantly in awe of folks that have this ability. I think most of us are "drawn" to them, the creatives. Having a talent that may take some shaping, but is really THERE. I feel as though my first form of influential artwork was comics. I loved them. I am sad to say, that Barbie was one of the first ones I had because of my catholic grade school upbringing. Anything I didn't get to smuggle in, was provided for by my older brother, and sister.
I will admit, they had a great *ahem* book and film collection that was well past my years, but no comics. Barbie was the only subscription service allowed to be delivered to the house I could go into the whole theory about self esteem, and why this, for me was a poor subscription choice from my parents, but that's what I got. Shortly after Barbie, came Batman. What a jump, a release, a slight breath of seeing a glimmer of who I am as a person. Someone I could relate to, finally look up to, and envision myself working side by side. Yes, I know.... Batman.
I would think that this is pretty standard for folks that enjoy comics. Which is why, after my long rant (thank you for humoring me), I present to you a man with ridiculous talent, creativity, and passion, Marcel Lamont Walker.
I met Marcel at a Toonseum event through our mutual friend Stu Neft. He was instantly likable, and I found him to be genuine in his enthusiasm about..... everything. I feel rather confident in saying that people who have met Marcel, would say he is a spot of sunshine. It is always refreshing to meet someone, and know quickly that you would like to hang out with them more than a passing greeting. Marcel was very much this person.
Aside from having a long list of creative traits- musician (yes the man can sing too!, author, teacher, writer, artist, photographer, and illustrator. He has things that I just wanted to chat with him about, mainly his comic Hero Corp., International, and the collaborative effort with The Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh called, CHUTZ- POW! Superheroes Of the Holocaust.
I have a in depth and charming interview with him. I loved having him on my show, and you will love all of the inspirational things he has to say. Enjoy.
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