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Lee Marrs

Cartoonist, artist, writer

in artist, cartoonist, mac, writer

Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m an artist, writer, cartoonist, animation director and a teacher. As the first woman to work for DC Comics AND Marvel simultaneously, I was one of the founding mommies of Wimmen’s Comix. An Inkpot Award winner and an Eisner Award nominee, I'm best known for her Pudge, Girl Blimp series (1974-1978), now out as a book (2016). Currently my adventure series, Sondra of the Secret Service, written by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, is available on Aces Weekly, a web comics site of David Lloyd’s. A contributor to the Eisner Award-winning Drawing Power (edited by Diane Noomin, 2019), and Covid Chronicles: A Comics Anthology (edited by Kendra Boileau and Rich Johnson, 2021), my future-released work includes “Lifeblood Driving” in World War 3 Illustrated, and “Food for Thought” in Let’s Bet the Planet.

An Emmy Award winner, I ran digital design and animation company Lee Marrs Artwork for 30 years. I'm the retired Multimedia Chair of Berkeley City Colleges, Berkeley CA.

What hardware do you use?

I use an iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2019) with a 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i3, 8 GB 2400 MHz DDR4 memory, and a Radeon Pro 555X. An Epson Expression 12000XL Graphic Arts scanner. A 14.5“ Intuos 4 Wacom Tablet and an Epson Workforce Pro WF-3720 printer/scanner. With my 10.5” iPad Pro, I use the Apple Pencil.

And what software?

For graphics, I originally used Oasis, then I participated in the Knoll brothers’ development graphics software for Barneyscan in the early ‘90s. That became Photoshop. Once Adobe Photoshop became available for Apple products, I signed on and it’s been my drug of choice. I use Keynote and GarageBand for presentations and Microsoft Word and Gmail.

What would be your dream setup?

My dream setup would be Hawaii, on a hill, on an open porch, with an endless Mai Tais... uh... I’m actually almost there, with a sunny converted garage as my studio. But I wish the outside view was an ocean with waving palms instead of my backyard