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Comichaus Meets: Stuart Mulrain

Today we meet creator, writer & artist, Stuart Mulrain.

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Hello, my name is Stuart Mulrain; organizer of the True Believers Comic Festival, host of the Nerds Who Haunted Themselves podcasts, and recent have a go comic creator, with one short comic and an all ages wordless comic out in the world so far.

What are some of the comics that inspired you to start creating your own? Any creators in particular?

Shannon Wheeler is probably the big one for me.  I fell in love with his Too Much Coffee Man comic as soon as it was thrust into my hands by my local comic shop owner at the time.  Having mostly been into the superhero world of DC Comics in the 90’s, I wasn’t really aware of the wider world of stories told in comics beyond the worlds of flights and tights, and Wheeler’s comic really opened up the world of comics to me, and seriously got me thinking about the fact that it’s possible to create and publish comics without the need of a big publisher.

Unfortunately; self doubt, an amazing ability to over think things and general procrastination meant that it took 20 years for me to actually take the plunge and start putting comics out into the world.

How much of your own personality goes into your character(s)?

I’m sure part of my personality went into the hero robot from March Of The Robot: Long Walk Home, but there’s nothing that particularly jumps out at me to be honest.  Hello To Jason Isaacs on the other hand, definitely features a lot of my personality; especially my habit of over thinking what should be simple things, but – hopefully – with enough of a sense of humour about it to stop me going crazy.

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

With Hello To Jason Isaacs, it was just from listening to the Kermode & Mayo Film Review every Friday and slightly over thinking the rules and etiquette for somebody actually saying “Hello” to Jason Isaacs.  March Of The Robot, was purely about the challenge of pushing myself to try and create something sequential for the first time.

What struggles have you faced with the creation of, and producing, the final release?

March Of The Robot was born out of agreeing to take part in the #MarchOfRobots drawing challenge in March 2019.  Figuring that the point of a challenge should be to actually challenge myself, I decided to set myself the goal of doing a page of a comic a day for the month, just to see if I could actually create a comic.  Armed with a beginning and an end, I kind of let the story (of sorts) unfold with each day, hopefully creating a simple story of a Robot trying to get home.

With Jason Isaacs, I again saw it as a challenge and – having come up with a rough outline - gave myself a goal of 12 hours to create a short comic and set a Sunday aside to get stuck in, eliminating the element of time to second guess what I was doing and not allowing self-doubt to make me quit before I was done.

Once it was done, it was just a case of putting it out in the world, first on my Facebook and Instagram pages (in their initial hand drawn on paper form), and then – with the encouragement of some friends and a bit of a digital clean up and colouring (in the case of Robots) – in print and digitally (exclusively on ComicHaus).

What do fans need to know going into their first issue of your comic?

Well, it never hurts to suitably lower your expectations before diving into anything I’ve written or drawn. 

What have you got coming up in the future? Are you working on more issues?

This month I’ll be doing another comic for this years #MarchOfRobots, which I’ll be posting the rough/first draft pages up on my social media pages each day.  I’ll then redraw the pages properly, ready for digitally colouring and tweaking them, ready to have printed and on sale by the end of the year.  I also have a Christmas themed mini March Of The Robot comic drawn and waiting to be coloured (which will go up on ComicHaus this December).

I also have a couple of other comics roughed out, which I’m hoping to get stuck into this year, hopefully ready to launch later this year too. 


You can read Stuart's titles over on the Comichaus App now, or find out more on them over in the Comichaus Marketplace by clicking on the cover images below.

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March Of The Robot: Long Walk Home
Hello To Jason Isaacs
Tales From Beyond Infinity  #1

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