• laydeez first

    Laydeez do Comics – Dublin had its first meeting last night, and it was a blast. Our guests – Sarah McIntyre, Maeve Clancy, and Alan Nolan – were fun, witty, and full of smart insights and tips about the business of comic books. We had an attentive audience, and a good question and answer session afterwards. Dublin writer Catie Murphy brought along ginger snap cookies (recipe here), which were a big hit will all the attendees. Lynda and I were touched by Catie’s generosity and thoughtfulness. Galwegian artist Róisín Curé travelled a long distance for the meeting, and also did the honours of documenting the event through a cartoon. She laboured away for…

  • laydeez in Dublin tonight

    This evening, from 7pm – 9.30pm, in the Odessa Club in Dublin, will see the first meeting of Laydeez do Comics – Dublin. Our guests speakers will be the multi-talented writers/artists Sarah McIntyre, Alan Nolan, and Maeve Clancy. It’s the perfect event for anyone who loves comics or enjoys hearing creative professionals discuss their craft. All welcome! Laydeez do Comics is an international network of meetings celebrating the diverse expressions of the comic book medium. Started in 2009 in London, it now has groups across the UK, America, and now Ireland. It should be a fun and informative meeting tonight, so I hope many of you can make it along.

  • Laydeez do Comics – Dublin

    I’m pleased to announced that together with writer Lynda Rucker we’re setting up Laydeez do Comics – Dublin. Laydeez do Comics is an international network of meetings celebrating the diverse expressions of the comic book medium. Started in 2009 in London, it now has groups across the UK, America, and now Ireland. The events are women-led, not women-only, and usually feature speakers with a variety of comic book experiences. The  inaugural meeting of Laydeez do Comics – Dublin, will take place from 7pm – 9.30pm on Wednesday the 22 May, 2013 in the Rooftop Bar, 3rd floor, of the Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2. Our guests for the first…

  • ArcadeCon – Special Guest

    The problem with any announcement on the 1st of April is everyone asks if it’s an April Fool’s joke. In this case it’s assuredly not – I’ve been asked to be one of the Special Guests at ArcadeCon 2013, which is taking place from 5 – 7 July in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin. ArcadeCon celebrates the love of fantasy/horror/science fiction and geeky obsessions across all media. Other Special Guests announced so far include: Virginia Hey (Farscape), Darrin O Toole (DOT Comics), The Irish Pubcast, Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood), Lucas Wilson (Twinfools in FightingDreamersPro), Nova VandorWolf (FightingDreamersPro), Professor Elemental (Entertainer), Riot Games, and Chipzel (Chip-musician). I’ve known about this since late last…

  • Octocon 2012

    Octocon

    In a few hours I’ll be heading to Dublin for Octocon, the Irish National Science Fiction convention. It’s always a fun event and I’m looking forward to meeting people. Here’s my schedule: Saturday, 13 October Noon in the Abbey Room – Brains, Brains and Brains! With Emmet O’Cuanna, Derek Gunn, and Lynn Moran 1pm in the Pavilion Room – Masterclass in Modern Science Fiction. With Peadar Ó Guilín, and Carol Connolly 5pm in the Tivoli Room – Serialisation vs graphic novels. With C.E Murphy, Michael Carroll, Alan Nolan, and Rob Curley Sunday, 14 October Noon in the Tivoli Room – Why so violent? With Oisin McGann, Heather Turnbull, Celine Kiernan,…

  • Jennifer Wilde 2 now available

    The second issue of Jennifer Wilde – the comic book I’m writing for Atomic Diner – is on the shelves of SubCity Comics in Dublin. It’s wonderful to have the second issue out. As usual I’m indebted to Stephen Downey, the terrific artist who is bringing Jennifer’s world to life, and to Robert Curley for making the comic book happen. Jennifer Wilde issue 2 should be available from other retailers and the Atomic Diner web site very soon.

  • In Dublin and Maynooth

    Later today I’m taking the road to Dublin, as Stephen Byrne, Robert Curley and I will be signing copies of Róisín Dubh in the Library Bar in the Central Hotel, Dublin from 7pm onwards. Tomorrow the three of us will be attending Epic-Con in Maynooth, where we’ll be talking about the project and appearing on a few other panels. This week I’ve also had a couple of reviews appear on ComicBuzz.com: first was a review of the graphic novel Hector Umbra, written and drawn by Uli Oesterle, and published by Blank Slate Books. The second was a review of Underwire, a collection of cartoons by Jennifer Hayden, and published by…

  • Dublin signing

    Stephen Byrne, Robert Curley and I will be signing copies of Róisín Dubh in the Library Bar, Central Hotel, Dublin from 7pm onwards on the 17 February. Come along and have a chat with us. If you can’t make it, we hope to meet you at Epic Con in Maynooth the following day.

  • an old call

    Earlier in the year I snapped this photograph in Chapelizod in Dublin. It’s rare to get an image of the old Telecom Eireann phone box, and the rather decrepit building behind it makes this photo look like it could have been taken 30 years ago. Add a few filters, and hey presto, it really looks its age.

  • wear some flowers in your hair

    This striking window display is from Brown Thomas in Dublin yesterday. I stopped to snap it as I swayed down Grafton Street after an enjoyable evening with a visiting friend. We’d just attended the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, which combined culture, history and theatrical renactments with stops in landmark pubs. Clear and temperate weather made the excursion even more pleasant. During the 2-hour tour a lot of information was imparted about figures such as Joyce, Beckett, Jim Larkin, Oscar Wilde and Brendan Behan. My favourite quote of the evening was attributed to the rambunctious Behan. who described himself as a ‘drinker with a writing problem.’ We raised our glasses several…