RocketPack and Luchador Enthusiast, Cartoonist Marcus Rocco’s most notable project to date is self published Children’s book/comic hybrid, Grease Monkeys: Ballad of a Roaring Rocket Pack. With 2014’s list of project pending release dates, Marcus hopes this year he can break out of the self publishing ring and into bigger, better, wilder titles. All the while patiently waiting on that call from IDW requesting his services for a Little Rocketeer book. Marcus’ Facebook
Marcus Rocco: I’m Marcus Rocco, comic Artist/cartoonist/luchador from a small town in Texas named Elmondorf.
AC: What Projects have you done or been a part of?
Marcus: Most notably, by myself anyways lol, is my self-published book, Grease Monkeys: Ballad of a Roaring Rocket Pack (which you can pick up from me at any convention you see me at. As far as published works, I had a short story and pin up published in 215 Ink’s The Kitchen Witch, which is available now on Amazon. And it’s awesome. Also, I have a one-pager that was published with Emerald Star and a few things on the horizon that should be announced soon.
AC: Was there a major event that led to your decision to draw comics?
Marcus: Ha! Yeah, I read a Spider-Man comics, which turned into a whole lot of Spider-Man comics, which then turned into me drawing Spider-Man and eventually everything else.
AC: Who are your influences?
Marcus: Oh, Skottie Young. Love Young. Other than that, pretty much anyone that’s an amazing cartoonist with awesome inkwork. Watterson. Definitely Watterson. Also, animation type guys like Cheeks and then super alternative guys like Mahfood… Influences are a pretty broad stroke of what I really love and where I wanna be.
AC: What would you be doing now if you weren’t making comics?
Marcus: Drinking. More drinking.
AC: What advice can you give to aspiring creators?
Marcus: As an aspiring creator, myself, just keep going. Keep pushing, keep working. Some things will work out; some won’t. Don’t let that defeat you. As creatives, we all want to be better. It’s a natural feeling to… well, to feel like you suck. But keep doing it and hopefully someone will like it. If not, have fun doing it because you can’t buy sanity.
AC: What’s your favorite quote?
Marcus: “Let the Wild Rumpus Start!”
AC: What’s your favorite comic series or OGN? What are you reading now?
Marcus: Legend of the Spider-Clan is definitely my favorite book of all time. As far as what I’m reading now, Spider-Man! lol. And a bunch of awesome creator-owned stuff that I see some up-and-comers, I guess you would call them, putting out.
AC: What are your dream projects? Just in case someone who can make that happen is reading this.
Marcus: Oh man, I would love to do a Little Rocketeer book. Also, just one page on a Spider-Man Annual! That would be A-MA-ZING … or as crazy as it sounds, to have my own weekly strip syndicated into a newspaper. I mean, to wake up every day and see my work published and, hopefully, cracking a smile on people’s faces during their morning cereal or dump… I could live with that.
AC: What are you most looking forward to this year?
Marcus: Let’s just say I’m excited for the month of June.
AC: Where can we find you?
AC: Anything else you’d like to add?
Marcus: I’m excited to be a part of Anomalous Comics’ Undesirables book. From the glimpses and glances I’ve caught, it looks exciting. And one last word of wisdom, if you’re lucky enough to get an opportunity to fly a rocket pack… fly it to the MOON!