Replicator G'day mate. How ya' doing? Will you be going over to Sheila's place and throw a couple of shrimps on the Barbie? What's that? F*ck Sheila? You'd rather read the following interview about a great bloke from Melbourne who writes comic books? Fair enough. I don't blame ya'. Shrimps taste crap when they're over cooked.

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1) What are your own origins, Robert?   I'm an Aussie born in Melbourne, with a wife named Gen, a baby girl named Phoenix, and a wolfhound named Thor. Apart from that, well, nothing much exciting happens except for all the drop bear attacks.

Replicator2) What inspired you to create, ‘Replicator’?   I basically got sick of the current crop of superheroes invading the marketplace, what with their secret identities and their 'do good above all else' mantras. I personally couldn't relate to any of them and wanted to steer clear of their cliches. Deep down, real people have real problems and real issues, and I just needed something else to explore.

3) In your own words, how would you describe this story?   'Replicator' is a dark and gory story, so if you're looking for sunshine and rainbows from your comics, this definitely isn't for you. It has a few key themes running throughout its telling, like: How far would you go for the ones you love, and what would you need to become in order to save them? As well as really thrusting the class divide in your face. The rich and powerful get protection while poor people get thrown to the wolves. On top of that, it has corporations going far beyond the boundaries of ethics in order to thrive.

4) What song would you say best represents this comic and why?   Tough question, as we all interpret music differently. But that said, I'm going with 'Way Down We Go' by Kaleo.

5) If you could get a celebrity – either living or dead – to promote your wares, who would you choose, and why would you want to choose this particular person?   Now I think this says something about me, yet the first person that comes to mind is Ghengis Khan. But, as horrifyingly funny as it would be, seeing him make people read my comic or lopping off their heads, it's probably best to stick to someone a little less violent. So let's go with, Chris Pratt. What can I say? The dude's funny.

6) What have you learnt about yourself through this endeavor?   This is probably the only work type thing I have ever actually enjoyed doing, or felt passionate about, and it's something I plan to instil in my daughter: Find something you love doing, and be the best you can be and just do that.

7) During your time in this field, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   Be nice, be respectful, help other people without thinking about how they can help you in the future, and most importantly of them all, be human.

And on that great note, I'd like to thank Robert for telling us about his comic book, Replicator, before directing you towards his facebook, instagram, and twitter pages. 

REPLICATOR - BE YOURSELF REPLICATOR - BE YOURSELF Reviewed by David Andrews on July 24, 2017 Rating: 5

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