Talking Bande Dessinée on Arena

This evening between 7pm – 8pm I’ll have a segment on Arena – RTÉ Radio 1’s Arts & Culture show – to discuss the forthcoming Fête de la Bande Dessinée, the Irish / French Comic Book Festival, which is taking place from 2 -3 March in Dublin.

I’m very much looking forward to this event in Dublin, and delighted to be able chat about it and promote it with the Arena audience.

Here’s the programme for the festival:

Wednesday 2 March, from 6.30pm

Pulse – Irish Comics Now
Mart Firestation: 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6

Pulse takes a snapshot of what’s happening in Irish comics right now. From small-press to mainstream, from indie to industry, we’ve got it covered. Some of the evening’s highlights include:

  • Pop-up comics fair – For one night only, immerse yourself in a selection of indie comics from over 40 Irish-based comics creators. Grab a beer, have a read and chat to the creators in the great open space of the old Firestation.
  • Live readings – In the intimate upstairs Gallery 2 space watch as six artists explore their work with live-readings, visuals, and sound effects. Performers are: Sarah Bowie, Alan Dunne, Chris Judge, Paddy Lynch, Alé Mercado, Fintan Taite, and Liam Geraghty.
  • Interviews + Q&A – Get into the nuts and bolts of how these ladies and gents do what they do. A cross-section of the community to talk about their process and answer questions: Eoin Coveney, Luke Healy, Debbie Jenkinson, and Maura McHugh.

Thursday 3 March, from 6.30pm

An evening with Tito
Alliance Française – 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

  • A rare opportunity to hear Tito, the famous French-based comics artist, talk about his long career and works such as Le choix d’Ivana and the Tendre Banlieue series
  • Exhibition launch – Also on the night will be the launch of a new comics art exhibition, featuring work from Illustrators Ireland members as well as artists from the wider comics community.

It’s shaping up to be a fantastic couple of nights of culture and comics!

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