MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Payton Lower

  • Published March 26, 2015 By MRR
  • Categories Interviews

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on Today we hear from Payton Lower from Austin, TX.


What are the main things you’ve published, including comics, record covers, band shirts, anthologies, etc.?
Tapes and shirts for my own bands and a wide variety of fine (and not so fine) art projects.

Who are some of your influences as far as art and comics?
Alphonse Mucha, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Albrecht Durer, Francisco Goya, Hieronymus Bosch to name a few… and of course Pettibon is a given for anyone who works with ink in the hardcore scene.

Music influences?
For this piece in particular the Dead Kennedys. Tragedy, pg.99, Condominium, GY!BE, the Ventures… It always changes but those are some mainstays.

How would you describe your style of drawings?
Realistic yet stylized. If a Northern European engraver and art nouveau poster artist had a Japanese love child.

What other punk projects are you involved with (bands, venues, record labels, etc.)?
I do vocals for Back Legs (ATX).

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
About to start a large mural commission and hopefully art for more bands that I respect.

Check out more from Payton at

For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.