• Season’s Greetings!

    2018 has been an interesting year, with interesting being code for challenging (in the positive and difficult sense).

  • Zarjazzed

    In an exclusive, The Hollywood Reporter announced yesterday that: this summer’s 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special, which — for the first time in the anthology’s 41-year history — will feature an all-female creative lineup when it’s released in June, from writers and artists to colorists and letterers, working on some of the title’s biggest characters and series, including Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper and Psi-Judge Anderson. I’m very pleased to say that I’ll be writing one of the strips for this special edition. I’m thrilled and honoured to be among such good company, and to have the opportunity to write for such an iconic comic. Growing up in a small town in…

  • Think of A City: we live side by side with the past

    Some time ago artist Alison Sampson asked me to be part of her and Ian MacEwan’s on-going project: Think of a City: a mass storytelling project ‘to experience this city of the imagination, told page by page, by storytellers from around the world.’ Artist and writers are matched up and given time slots in which to produce the work. Alison hooked me up with Pablo Clark, a half-Scottish, half-Spanish illustrator and comic book artist. I offered him a variety of four ideas, and the one he engaged with most was my favourite, which was an immediate pleasure. The concept was to evoke how we move through the past in cities…

  • Jennifer Wilde – the Computer Game

    I’m pleased to announce that Outsider Games is partnering with Irish comic book publisher Atomic Diner and Northern Ireland Screen to adapt the comic book Jennifer Wilde as a Point & Click Adventure game. I’ll be writing the script for the game, which is based on the original comic book series I wrote for Atomic Diner. Here’s the official blurb: At the start of the Jazz Age in Paris in 1921, young French artist Jennifer Chevalier becomes embroiled in death, espionage and revolution which takes her across the three nations of France, England and Ireland – ably assisted by the ghost of Oscar Wilde. Jennifer believes the recent death of…

  • The Image at Hay Festival, Kells

    In 2013 the prestigious Hay Festival opened a chapter in the picturesque town of Kells, and the town has been hosting the event annually since then. This year the Hay Festival, Kells is taking place from 23 – 26 June, and with technology journalist Karlin Lillington I’ve co-curated a stream of programming within the Festival called ‘The Image’, which features an array of talent from the arenas of illustration, cartooning, comic books, and computer games. Guests include video games and comic book writer Rhianna Pratchett, animation director and comic book artist Paul Bolger, comic book artist and stage production designer Maeve Clancy, comic book writer and YA novelist Michael Carroll,…

  • Tea and Jeopardy

    Thanks to the fabulous Emma Newman who invited me recently to appear on an episode of her (and Peter Newman’s) utterly charming podcast, Tea and Jeopardy. Where you have tea, cake, conversation, and some mild peril. I started the the wide-ranging chat discussing my vigilant keyboard companion, a colourful statue of Ganesha who watches me write. Here he is: //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js His benevolent, but steely, gaze encourages me daily.

  • Dual national

    I was born in the USA, and when I was three my parents whisked me and my brothers and sister back to Ireland. I don’t have many early memories of America, but I’ve been told I returned to Ireland with a Southern accent (the last place we lived was in Georgia). My mother was always ‘Mom’, and my grandparents were ‘Grandma’ and ‘Grandpa’, something I took for being entirely normal, but it was one of a number of signs of my difference. It’s only been for the last few years that I’ve come to realise how much that sense of being from another place shaped the formation of my identity…

  • the lowdown

    Thanks to British author Simon Bestwick for asking me to be part of his Lowdown series of artist conversations on his web site. //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Since my ego construct occupies my mental headspace most of the time (ah, in dreaming, then it can go all askew), I can become bored with my own musings. I ponder and analyse my approach to the world constantly, so I’m often reluctant to elaborate upon it with others. This is no doubt partly an Irish thing of not wishing to appear too big-headed (Who does she think she is?). Also, I’m quite allergic to articles that contain writer’s advice. My skin itches like it will…