Russ Lippitt, inspired by Punk Rock and Anarchist theories, began writing his first novel, Lion’s Share at The Academy of Arts College in San Francisco. Lion’s Share has been reviewed globally and has been quoted as, “The next Outsiders!” Mark L. Lester, director of Commando and Stephen King’s Fire Starter, requested to option Lion’s Share the screenplay. Most recently, Russ has written two Mixed Martial Arts screenplays, Lyon’s Pride (Desert Moon Pictures) and The Brooklyn Rose (Iron Bound Entertainment), and a Biker script, All My Friends are Dead (Water Buffalo Pictures), loosely based off of his life. Russ is founder of Left Brain Writings. His forthcoming novel F.T.W: The complete tome of the Anarchy March, will be released in summer 2016.
Which creators are inspirations to you?
My inspirations come from powerful voices of the anti-establishment movement – Emma Goldman, Noam Chomsky, Mikhail Bakunin. As far as comics go, I very much enjoy Alan Moore comics and Frank Miller.
As a writer I create worlds in my head and the trick is to get that vision from head to paper, so comics for me, was a natural progression to show not tell. Plus, I do feel the need to shake things up a little as we need more anti-hero comics out there. I’m sorry, but spandex and muscles is not what I grew up on. Tales from the Crypt and Eerie is where it’s at.
Favorite comic of all time?
I’m drawn to good writing and dialogue. I love the seedy world of Criminal, and V For Vendetta tops the list as well. And I can’t help seeking out propaganda strips from the ol’ Bolshevik party, they are always page-turners.
Favorite comic movie of all time?
SLC Punk (yeah, it was a comic too).
Worst comic movie?
Anything Marvel dishes out. I mean, really, how many times can you watch CG explosions in different camera angles. Coupled with bad acting and cheesy dialogue, it bores me to death.
Do you listen to music, watch a certain show or are you in silence when write?
I listen to hardcore punk rock when I write – Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Reagan Youth… The banging on chords creating distortion and disorder inspires me when I create chaos.
Lion’s Share (Novel)
Psychoholic Magazine (Columnist)
Anti-Hippie Magazine (Columnist)
As well as a slew of optioned screenplays never produced.