• 2015 BCA Award Winners

    The 4th Annual British Comic Awards took place at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds as one of the opening night events for the Thought Bubble Festival‘s Comic Con Weekend. The winners are: Best Comic – Grey Area: From the City to the Sea by Tim Bird (Avery Hill Publishing) Best Book – The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis (Selfmade Hero) Young People’s Comic Awards – Star Cat by James Turner (David Fickling Books) Emerging Talent – Rachael Stott for her artwork on Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor (SDCC Exclusive), Star Trek #46 -47 and Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive Hall of Fame – Dudley D Watkins Congratulations to all the winners, and the excellent nominees. Well done to the…

  • BCA Nominees 2015

    The nominees for this year’s British Comic Awards have been announced. Best Comic Beast Wagon – Owen Michael Johnson, John Pearson and Colin Bell (Self published) Grey Area: From the City to the Sea – Tim Bird (Avery Hill Publishing) Hand Me Down – Kristyna Baczynski (Self published) Lost Property – Andy Poyiadgi (Nobrow) Strip – Sarah Gordon (Self published) Best Book Comic Book Slumber Party: Fairytales for Bad Bitches – Hannah Chapman (Editor); Stephanie Ayres, Sarah Burgess, Emma Carlisle, Lucie Ebrey, Enoki, Lize Meddings, Becca Tobin, Donya Todd, Alice Urbino and Jenn Woodall (Self published) Supercrash: How to Hijack the Global Economy – Darryl Cunningham (Myriad Editions) The Motherless Oven – Rob Davis (SelfMadeHero) The Rabbit – Rachael Smith (Avery…

  • 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!

  • 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…

  • Loncon 3 schedule

    I’m heading over to London on Wednesday evening for the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (Loncon 3), which is taking place in the ExCel, London Dockland from 14 – 18 August. Here’s my schedule of events during the weekend: 12pm Friday, August 15 What Do You Mean You Don’t Watch … Orphan Black, Grimm or The Returned Capital Suite 17 (Level 3), 12pm – 1pm Mark Slater, Jeanne Beckwith, Maura McHugh, David D Levine (I’m speaking on behalf of The Returned.) 1:30pm Friday, August 15 Best 21st Century Comics: Predicting the New Classics Capital Suite 13 (Level 3), 1:30pm – 3pm Ada Palmer, Maura McHugh, Hannah Berry, Adam Rakunas, John…

  • ArcadeCon 2014

    ArcadeCon is taking place in the Ballsbridge Hotel this weekend, and I’ll be dropping by for a couple of panels and to chat to people. I was a special guest at ArcadeCon last year, and it was one of the friendliest conventions I’ve ever attended in Ireland – chock-full of fantastic cosplayers and fans who are passionate about genre media. Here are the two panels I’m on: 3pm on Saturday, Ballroom: Representing Geeks: Prejudice, Privilege, Power 4pm on Sunday, Ballroom: We Are Irish Comics It should be a fun weekend!

  • Laydeez do Comics, virtually

    This evening I’ll be ‘beaming in’ to the London meeting of Laydeez do Comics in Foyles bookshop, 107 Charing Cross Road. Laydeez do Comics is celebrating its 5th year running, and to showcase its network around the world it has created a bumper meeting with presentations from various LdC organisers: Anna Brewer Visual storyteller – Glasgow LdC Maureen Burdock: Artist and graphic designer – San Francisco LDC Louise Crosby Illustrator, printmaker and teacher – Leeds LDC MK Czerwiec Comics artist and educator – Chicago LDC Paula Knight Comics creator, children’s author and illustrator – Bristol LDC Sarah Lightman Artist, curator and scholar – London LDC Maura McHugh Writer of comic…

  • MCM Ireland reviewed

    My review of MCM Ireland Comic Con went up on the Forbidden Planet International blog today, along with some pictures I took at the event. You can see all my photos from the con on my Flickr stream, including photos of many of the Irish comic book creators who were at the event. By the way, have I mentioned that I have a Tumblr? I started it three years ago, but after a time I didn’t have the ability to maintain it along with my other various social media. Recently, I’ve gone back to updating it. It’s strictly focused on comics and art, so if that’s to your tastes you…

  • Sláine and Niamh

    I had a great time at MCM Ireland Comic Con at the weekend (more of that soon). The best thing was meeting friends and getting my geek on. While these kinds of events can get a little manic at their busiest, they always have a friendly atmosphere. I love seeing Cosplayer’s creativity, and how much pride they have in their work, and the sheer enjoyment they get from their fandom. I got a cool sketch from the legendary Glen Fabry of Sláine and Niamh – Martin and I are both fans of the comic, so we’re happy to get this fun tribute of the bronze age power couple.

  • 2D 2013 Video

    Here’s a lovely compilation video from the wonderful 2D – Northern Ireland Comics Festival this year, probably the best comic book festival in Ireland when it comes to promotion of Irish talent, the variety of creators, and access for the public. There are a ton of people interviewed in this video praising the event, including Herb Trimpe, William Simpson, Emma Vieceli, Dan Berry, Aiden Courtney, Jordie Bellaire, Will Dennis, and Nicholas Gurewitch, with sightings of plenty more in the background. It makes me look forward to next year’s event!