Indie Comics Underground had the chance to talk with the 15 year old creator of the new comic Maverix Decimation, Noah Mactutus, about his project now funding on IndieGogo
Maverix is your first campaign and it’s already reached its goal. Congratulations! Can you give our readers a little background about yourself?
Thank you! I was shocked at how quickly I reached that mark and here’s hoping I can keep the momentum and reach the ultimate goal of $10,000 USD!
I am Noah T. Mactutus and I’m 15. I’ve worked twelve hours a day on average during my last two summers on my comics. I have been a fan of superheroes for as long as I can remember and a fan of comics for about 6 or so years. When I was little, I always liked drawing like everyone else did, but I kind of just stuck to it. I also loved writing, so those two things melted together into creating comics. Then when I discovered how much fun comics are, I decided to teach myself how to do them.
After school I would watch YouTube videos of famous comic book creators and listen to them over and over again. For Christmas and my birthday, I would ask for books on how to draw comics. I would buy comic books from different artists who drew in styles I liked and study them. I bought anatomy books and practiced drawing the different muscles a bunch like I heard others did. This is why when you compare my first comic books with my new ones they look like they were drawn with a whole new style.
I still do these things while working on this book to be able to create the best scenes and action for the book. I want everyone to like my work not just people who like comics. And of course I am young and have a lot to improve, but when those people on ComicsGate saw some of my art this past spring and said it was really good that obviously got me excited because it is someone in the field saying it and not just my parents. I had heard about graphic novels by then and when they challenged me to write one and said they would help me make a campaign I started right away to work on ideas for it. I had just finished my tenth comic book, my first anniversary issue, and was up for another challenge.
By twelve I started doing comics. I had characters I made that are silly to me now. At thirteen I tried to create a comic book series, but as I kept on learning more about writing I realized the storyline had so many problems it was embarrassing. Then, as I turned 14, I came up with the character of Maverix and I started publishing my work on IndyPlanet to make money at it. During that following summer after I had started making sales on IndyPlanet I went to a patent attorney to secure my trademarks and copyright protection legally. My dad had said it is best if we protect your hard work especially since your future may be riding on it.
What can you tell us about Maverix, the comic and the character?
Maverix is at peak human condition without the suit, but the suit takes it to the extremes. He can materialize things, create energy blasts and stuff of that sort. Here is his origin. Noah Matthews was an ordinary man, brother, and friend, until the incident. Due to his brother being in league with the government as a weapon designer, they both were kidnapped by a madman. Using strange science, Noah was mutated and inhabited by an energy known as the Maverix! It was soon to be destroyed by a foe. He entered a life he could not leave. To replace the power he lost he uses a suit made by his brother. The suit is powered by A.I.D.(Artificial Intelligent Droid) using cutting edge nanotechnology. With an executive order granting him permission from the President, he fights for justice, doing what is right, and saving lives in any way he can, even if he must kill to save the innocent in battle.
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Follow Noah on Twitter: @noahmactutus