• comic books,  Reviews

    pretty in ink

    I love history and studying the past. My first college degree was an English and History combination, and I seriously considered doing a history MA afterwards, but my love of English triumphed and I pursued a MA in that subject instead. So, I tend to continue to read a lot of history, which is pretty much a necessity for research for stories, but it’s also a pleasure. Reading about people’s lives in the past reminds me how vibrant individual people were, and how even ‘ordinary’ people could achieve extraordinary goals. There is a tendency among some depictions of the past (film is the worst for this) to portray people as…

  • comic books,  photographs

    Equal day and night

    I took this photo of the centre of a flower, on a sunny day, just before the Equinox. The curls of petal at its dark heart remind me of feathers. I love taking macro photographs, where the normal can become extraordinary up close. Thanks to all the many people who have given me information for my Women in Comics listing. I’ve decided to expand it to include European countries outside of the UK/Ireland. There are currently 202 women on the list, which seems like a large amount, but it’s only scraping the surface of the entire European market. It’s a lot harder to find women comic book creators in foreign…

  • advocacy,  comic books

    Irish Comic Book Month

    We’re mid-way through March, and I figured I should mention that this month has been designated Irish Comic Book Month. You can keep up with what’s going on at Irish Comic News, which is the best web site for news/information/sneak peeks of the work of Irish comic book artists & writers. Last night, to celebrate Irish Comic Book Month, Lightning Strike organised a talk discussing Irish Comic Book production. The guests included Declan Shalvey, Stephen Mooney, Robert Curley, Darrin O’Toole, Robert Carey, and Ciarán Marcantonio. The Lecture was held in Trinity College, Dublin, and from what I understand there was a great turn-out for it. (The audio from the event…

  • comic books

    Women in Comics, Europe – page

    Last week Laura Sneddon and I started a group on Facebook for European women working in the comic book industry, called Women in Comics, Europe. It’s open to academics, artists, writers, journalists, comic book sellers, etc. It’s been very successful and is a great space for networking and sharing information. Currently we have 120+ members, with more women arriving daily. It’s inspiring to learn about their work and witness their passion for the industry. Yet, Laura and I figured it would be a shame to keep these useful discussions amongst ourselves, especially when there are so many strong talents who deserve a boost. We also appreciate that there are loads…

  • comic books

    Women in Comics, Europe

    The fabulous Laura Sneddon (freelance journalist and Ph.D. student studying comic books) decided to set up a group on Facebook called ‘Women in Comics, Europe‘. I’m co-administrator of the group. It’s a group for women (i.e. anyone who identifies as a woman) who work in the comic book industry in Europe – be it as writer, artist, inker, colourist, publisher, letterer, journalist, academic, comic book seller, or comic book convention organiser. The purpose of the group is to allow women in the European comic book industry to become familiar with each other and their work, to network, and to promote their projects. I’m still maintaining the list of ‘Women in Comics…