Marc Gras Cots
Born in Barcelona in 1979, Marc Gras studied Graphic Art and soon begin working on advertising and graphic design fields; although cinema, illustration and comic has always been his true passions. He has worked as storyboarder and created poster and concept art for independent film companies like Troma Entertainment (New York) and others. He also wrote and draw promo comics and even produced and directed documentaries and developed film projects for several spanish and american companies. Although he combined several jobs during the years, he is full time dedicated to comics as artist, penciller, inker and writer since 2016.
More of Marc’s work can be viewed on his WEBSITE.
Which creators are inspirations to you?
I have admired a lot of comic creators during the years and I assume all of them have influenced me one way or another. My first inspiration when I was a teenager was Bernie Wrightson, but I also loved John Byrne back then. Jack Davis, Will Eisner, Alex Toth, Mark Schultz, Paul Chadwick, Sam Kieth and Dave Stevens have also influenced me a lot in the past. Most recently: Gene Colan, Brent Anderson, Al Williamson, Dan Barry, Gray Morrow, Neal Adams, Dan Adkins, Dick Giordano… too many to mention!
What is your favorite part of drawing?
Inking, definitely. And also all the process of documentation. I love to investigate.
I like to tell stories during all my life. When I can, I try to film them, but when I can’t do it, I draw them. Drawing a comic is like making a movie -without the budget restriction. Everything you can imagine, you can do it in a comic. Two persons talking in a room will cost (in money terms) exactly the same than an extraterrestrial invasion to the earth full of explosions and gore.
Favorite comic of all time?
Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man: The Battle of the Century and What If…?#1 made me fall in love with american comics, so both are the top of the list. But also Batman: Year One, Daredevil: Born Again, The Spirit, Preacher, Sandman, John Byrne’s Superman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow (Adams & O’Neil period), Madman, John Romita’s Spiderman, Concrete, Calvin & Hobbes, Akira, the gekigas by Koike and Kojima, the Warren magazines… again, too many to mention.
Favorite comic movie of all time?
Richard Donner’s Superman (1978).
Worst comic movie?
The 1970s Spiderman. Here in Spain the pilot was released as a movie in cinemas and then in video stores. When I rented it as a kid, being a fan of the character, I started to hate Spiderman for a while after watching it… Neal Adams’ Death to the Pee-Wee Squad had the same effect in me. I hated Neal Adams after that film, until I grow up and understood nobody is perfect.
Do you listen to music, watch a certain show or are you in silence when write?
Right now I usually have TV turned on in the background, in a spanish TV channel where they broadcast series like The Big Bang Theory, The Middle, the Simpsons and The Goldbergs all the time, but when I need extra concentration I prefer to listen to hard rock, southern rock and AOR.
Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (Fester Comix) Issues 1-3.
The New Adventures of the Toxic Avenger (Fester Comix) Issue 2.
Mother’s Day (Fester Comix) Issues 1-2.
Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror (Jason Crawley) Issues 15-16.