Seven years at one of America's top comedy clubs, the 'Laff Stop' in Houston, was the perfect creative environment in which to develop my comic Marley. The most important lesson I learned was to 'draw from my own life's experiences'. Taking this to heart, Marley is a world fused of my life lived in the mountains and now at the beach, with my years spent at the 'Laff Stop' during its 'golden age of comedy'.
Featuring, as cast members, my real life friends, all professional stand-up comedians, Marley stars a cartoon version of our real-life border collie. Marley, who loves all sports, is a star on the basketball court, sports fields, and ski slopes, but a comical dud on stage while pursuing his dream of being a stand-up comedian. While Marley lives with 9 year old Lauren and her family (actually Marley lives in his treehouse behind their home), his friends are all his comedy buds.
Drawing has always been an easy way to express myself, especially in cartoons. I recall one night at the comedy club, I was asked why all my friends are in the comic strip, but I'm not. Before I could answer, one of the comedians said 'But Steve is in the comic strip, He's Marley'. I had never really thought about it that way before, but I guess in a way he was right.
Marley was created in a comedy club, but really became what you see today after our move back to the mountains of Colorado. When you draw a comic set in the mountains, it's easy to get motivated just by stepping outside our door. We lived on the Continental Divide above the town of Breckenridge at over 11,000 feet above sea level. I, my wife Susie, and our twin sons Terry and Charlie enjoyed everything it entailed. But we also paid regular visits to our friends at the 'Laff Stop'. That too was great motivation to draw comics. We had a busy schedule, but found time to enjoy our favorite activities. We especially loved the 'powder mornings off' rule.
We thought we'd live there forever, but you never know when life will throw you a curveball. Our son Charlie was diagnosed with a serious medical condition that not only led to a long hiatus for Marley, but also required us to immediately leave our high mountain home and relocate to sea level.
That is how we came to be in America's very north-west corner, Blaine, Washington. We live in an area called Birch Bay, about 150 yards from the beach and about 5 miles south of the Canadian border. Our twins, Terry and Charlie, have just turned 13 years old. It was they who told us that it was time to refocus on Marley. We're now very excited about it's relaunch. I've had the easy part drawing Marley comics, something I've always loved doing. Charlie has learned Adobe Dreamweaver and has created our website marley.net entirely by himself. Meanwhile, Terry has created the marley.net store and the marley.net facebook page.These are all brand-new, so you can be among the first to visit.