After the Squarebound event in Dublin last weekend Irish artist Tommie Kelly realised that the Irish comic book scene could use a central resource, and in a splurge of sudden activity has put together a terrific site called Irish Comic News.
It describes itself as “…a website dedicated to the Irish comic Scene. It contains interviews, a forum, event guides, tutorials and all news related to the Irish Comic Scene.” Tommie is being helped in his efforts by Patrick Brown, Hilary Lawler and Gar Shanley, with contributions from David O’Leary.
Tommie has already been firing out a standard questionnaire to comic book creators in Ireland and hoisting their responses online with ninja speed. This morning I received the series of questions and by the afternoon my answers were online.
It’s a sign that the emerging Irish comic book community has achieved a certain critical mass that such a resource is needed and useful. I wish Tommie and the ICN crew the best of luck with the project.