Rey Marz

Breakfast, illustration, March 1, 2008


Birthdate? April 1st, just like the actor from the old samurai movies, Toshiro Mifune.

When did you start doing artwork? In Ms. Greenly's kindergarten class, I drew my name backwards in big red letters. This began my endless fascination with image manipulation. I spent the rest of elementary school tracing from comic books (Wolverine, Spider-Man, and especiallyBatman). Soon I was creating my own low-budget characters. Then one day (in high school), a friend showed me a book of paintings by surrealist Jacek Yerka. Since then, I have strived to be strange.

When and what and where did you first get published? I painted an Egyptian-themed mural for the University of CaliforniaRiverside, on a column in the history department. Stand in the right place and you'll see Osiris, Lord of the Underworld, pointing toward the men's restroom! At another angle, his sister Isis gazes off toward the women's restroom! This was totally unplanned! Believe me!

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? I love Philip K. Dick's short stories. Also, I have a healthy respect for Tolkien's Farmer Giles of Ham (so silly!) and the weirdness of Kafka's Metamorphosis. But my all-time favorite is The Thief of Always. Clive Barker's illustrations are perfectly eccentric, and his storytelling was never so lively.

Do you blog? Where? At reymarz.wordpress.com, I mainly blog about movies I've seen, detailing what's great and what makes me cringe.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? "This guy is so tough, not even death gets him down." And then, with a few strategically placed magnets, my gravestone will levitate!