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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Kissena Park Press (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976850826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976850823
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,376,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Marrus' debut chronicles her artistic development through allegorical paintings and anecdotes of living life to the fullest...
Stunning design combines with an edgy, inspirational life story; let us see more." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

From the Author

I wrote the book I wish someone had handed me when I was starting out, and being told exhaustively that I'd never make a living with the kind of art I create. Cuz they were WRONG. (I even own a house.) I hope those who read Lightsurfing will use the tools I discovered to carve their own successful path in the world!

More About the Author

Three weeks after finishing college, I caught a one-way Greyhound bus to New York and was soon illustrating for Valiant & ElfQuest Comics, painting book and album covers, and creating interior illustrations for various magazines and entertainment companies.

After 9/11, I left NYC, and relocated to New Orleans...just in time for Hurricane Katrina. Opportunity lives where most fear to tread, so I bought a flooded house in the 9th Ward and put it back together under the direction of my amazing partner, Jay.

In 2009, I completed my illustrated autobiography, "Lightsurfing: Living Life in the Front of My Mouth". It's a tale of making a living with wits and a paintbrush, and all the wild, weird, and wonderful things that happen as a result.

If you'd like to see more of my work, please visit http://www.MarrusArt.com. Thank you!

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For anyone who thinks, "It can't get any worse.", or even, "Life is great!", this book is a must.
Sam McGuire
A wonderful example of the two things one needs to walk a unique path in the modern world: strength of character and pure indomitable will power.
George E. Williams IV
As an artist and an entrepreneur, Marrus has compiled a massive portfolio of thought-provoking and beautiful works.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Wallsh on April 12, 2010
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How to describe this... it's like the conversations you have with friends, alternately in a bar or a coffee shop, beginning with those immortal words, "So there I was..."

It's a story about growing up without growing old, maturing without souring, changing without surrendering, sacrificing but gaining. How to follow your dreams without losing your heart; parables, one after another, writing within a theme take you on her journey; you see the author change what she wants without giving up. A goal is a dream with a deadline, and this book shows how the author moves closer to her ideal.

As books go, it has a beginning, middle, and an end, but more than that, it's a concrete example of someone wrestling with temptation, facing her demons, spitting her hair from her face, and then getting back to work.

Ultimately, the book, through examples, using heartbreak and humor, shows what it takes to decide who you are, who you want to be, and what it takes to get there. It's written in a format such that you can start or stop whenever you want, and gives a concrete example of the hard work it takes to be a success. When people talk about the hard choices we have to make, they are theoretical things, which we're sure we'll recognize, but which often sneak up on us.

I liked it, and will send it as a gift this December, both for the writing and the art. Yes, the lovely artwork inside gives examples of creative styling, ever evolving through the author's life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle C. Behr on February 2, 2010
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Marrus's book is an entertaining read. She has definitely had an interesting life an shares it openly in a journal style book. Marrus's writing is as entertaining as her artwork. Good Job!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Denise L. Cicuto on December 20, 2009
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Marrus writes positive stories that show some of the real life struggles behind them, giving the reader inspiration with a realistic swift kick in the rear. I want to share this quote from page 87:

"Happiness comes from living life now, being aware of what you have that brings you joy and peace and focusing on that. Sure sometimes this part hurts or that bill goes unpaid, sometimes we're very sick and sometimes our beloved dies, but this a beautiful, huge world, and as long as there if life, there is the potential for joy and love.

So quit your bitching. Open your eyes. Squeeze every drop out of every moment you've got."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ted E. Clawson III on November 29, 2009
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Marrus's story takes the reader from a girl with a talent in NYC on a long strange trip into the world of art. This is not a "how to paint" type of book, but more of how do I make enough money to survive while painting. They say a book tells you more about the writer than the subject, but this is what happens when the writer is the subject. Her story takes you into the under belly of the comic book world and that's the normal part. From there She takes you into the new and strange all with humor and bawdy tales you have to read to believe. This book is not for the close minded nor is her art, one might think one explains the other and in some ways it does. However in reading her story you get to know not just how life has taken her surfing but you get more understanding of her works and where she comes up with her ideas. I titled this a need to read book, vice the must read because if you have ever wondered how an artist comes up with their art this is your best chance at that hidden knowledge. Just like a magician an artist never reveals their secrets, Marrus does not reveal all but she does give you a peek into the artist world and I found it to be fascinating. Please buy and enjoy this book as much as I have, you will not be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kynundrum on July 19, 2012
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Whether you are an artist yourself or not, this book taps into your veins and connects with the creative spirit in the same way that oxygen infuses tired blood with new life. Marrus is the self-directed sojourner who invites the reader to share her journey through the sticky darkness and sparkling delights of New York City, to embrace the lessons learned from new adventures and to walk through the fire even as the world burns.

The people she meets along the way, from erudite comic book artists to sadistic clowns, change the facets of her perspective and offer insights into the vast tapestry of human behavior. Cataclysmic events shatter the status quo; Marrus picks up the pieces and creates new directions at every turn. With humor and honesty, she staggers and skips forward... never losing sight of the horizon, never losing touch with her inner compass or her desires, her conquests, her dreams.

As an artist and an entrepreneur, Marrus has compiled a massive portfolio of thought-provoking and beautiful works. Paintbrush in hand, she has captured the glimmer of joy and the essence of sorrow; her unique illustrations transform skin and canvas alike, her words inspire the reader to shed that ill-fitting skin and dive head first into the unknown. Liberally peppered with soul-touched paintings and sketches, an intriguing and motivational testament to the strength of the human spirit and the pursuit of happiness and success on your own terms.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marc C. Andryuk on January 5, 2010
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A captivating look into the formation of an artist from a wide eyed girl to a diamond edged force of creativity. Pick it up if you have any interest in comics, in staying focused on the creative drive, keeping a hold of your dreams, kink culture, renfaires and the SCA, living life to the fullest, New York City culture, or if you just want a great laugh in a bite sized format. The book is memoir and art gallery in one. I'd want to recommend giving it to any fresh faced girl who's heading to Manhattan to follow her big dreams.
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