• Award, award!

    I don’t know how many of you get the Father Ted reference in the headline, but considering my audience I suspect many of you will know to which scene I’m referring. It’s always encouraging to be shortlisted for an award, but it’s rather nice to win one. I was recently nominated for Best Irish Writer (comics) in the Arcade Awards, and today they announced that I won. Thanks to everyone who voted for me, and to the wonderful teams I’m a part of when creating comics. It’s a fun start to 2015. Happy New Year to you all!

  • 2014 Laydeez do Comics meeting

    Lynda Rucker and I are organising another Laydeez do Comics meeting from 2pm onwards this Saturday in the Odessa Club in Dublin. Our guests will be C.E. Murphy, Philip Barrett, me, and Paul Bolger. We’re also celebrating being on the cusp of the holiday season, so bring along a wrapped comic book for our blind comic book swap – come with one comic and leave with another! Everyone is welcome! Pop along, listen to the speakers, meet the Irish comic book community, and get your comic book fix on!

  • In Conversation with Posy Simmonds

    It’s been a wonderful experience to be on the selection committee for this year’s British Comics Awards, as I’ve experienced first hand the variety and talent in the British comic book scene. The BCA jurors have been reviewing our shortlists, and will deliver their results at the 3rd Annual British Comic Awards ceremony, which will take place at 6pm on Saturday, 15 November at the Thought Bubble Sequential Art Festival in the Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, Leeds Dock. The 2014 BCA Hall of Fame entrant is British comic book legend Posy Simmonds, who will be on hand to receive her award. I also have the honour of interviewing her at the event about…

  • Irish Comics News Awards 2014

    The 4th Annual Irish Comic News Awards has opened for voting, and I’ve been nominated in two categories: Best Irish Writer Published Outside of Ireland Best Irish Creator Comic Published Outside of Ireland Both of these nominations are for my work on Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland, which I co-wrote with Kim Newman, with art by Tyler Crook, coloured by Dave Stewart, covers by Julian Totino Tedesco, lettered by Clem Robins, and edited by Scott Allie. All set in the Hellboy universe created by Mike Mignola, and published by Dark Horse Comics. Creating comics is a collaborative activity, and of course I’m deeply indebted to everyone on the team for making such a terrific comic book. Voting…

  • BCA Nominees 2014

    As I mentioned on Tuesday I’ve been serving on the selection committee of the British Comic Awards this year. It’s been a pleasure to become acquainted with the sheer range of comic book titles being created in the UK. This meant it was tough to select a mere five titles in each category from such a competitive field, but we have picked our nominees, and they have been announced: Best Comic Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger – Robert M Ball and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Great Beast) In The Frame – Tom Humberstone (New Statesman) Raygun Roads – Owen Michael Johnson, Indio!, Mike Stock and Andy Bloor (Self published) Tall Tales &…

  • Unland 5 out now

    Witchfinder Unland 5

    Issue 5 of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland is out from Dark Horse Comics today. You can buy it online, or in any good comic book shop. Here’s the blurb: Sir Edward Grey digs deeper into the shocking truth about Unland even as the city drowns in the rising waters. With the help of a mysterious woman, Grey faces raging waters and the eel assassins that have haunted his every step! This comic is part of a five-issue Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder story, which I have co-written with Kim Newman, with art by Tyler Crook, coloured by Dave Stewart, covers by Julian Totino Tedesco, lettered by Clem Robins, and edited by Scott Allie. All set in…

  • British Comic Awards 2014

    I’m still in New York, recovering from an incredible, intense New York Comic Con. I’m interrupting my time with friends here as It’s nice to be able to reveal finally that I’ve been a member of the British Comic Awards selection committee this year. As part of the work I’ve read over 200 British comic book titles, and I have been very impressed with the vitality and diversity of work being created in the UK currently. On Sunday this year’s judges, who will determine the winners in each shortlisted category, were announced: Jonathan Entwistle – A film director currently developing a UK based adaptation of Charles Forsman’s comic TEOTFW. Jessica…

  • The Mysteries of Unland TPB Revealed

    Up on The Beat there’s a lovely announcement: the reveal of the cover for the trade paperback of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland, which is drawn by Mike Mignola. It’s wonderful to have artwork by Mike on the book – it should be out early next year. The announcement is part of the 13 Days of Hellboy festival that Dark Horse Comics is running currently.

  • Think of a City collaboration

    Think of a City is a very cool on-going mass storytelling project told page by page by artists and writers from around the world. It’s essentially an exquisite corpse project that’s the brainchild of Alison Sampson and Ian MacEwan. Here’s a description: Our project is an opportunity for creators to bring the background to the forefront, and to delve into ideas of setting, place, design, geography, politics, architecture, materiality, mise-en-scène and much more besides, within storytelling. It will take time. Comics provide linear stories, but the urban environment is something different: non linear, multi-layered, complex, communal. We’d like to prove that cities are so much more than cityscapes. Every place…

  • First NYCC

    New York Comic Con is taking place from 9-12 October in the Javits Center in Manhattan, and this will be my first time attending. I used to live in New York, so the city has a special place in my heart. It’s been quite some time since I’ve been back to visit, so I’m hugely excited at the prospect of catching up with my friends, as well as attending such a big multi-media/comic book event. I’ll be doing a signing for Dark Horse Comics at the Fire and Stone Signing Stage at NYCC from 12pm – 12.50pm on Sunday, 12 October. As far as I’m aware I’m the only one of the…