Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Reminder! John McCrea and PJ Holden are signing their new comics Thursday 11th at Comic Book Guys, The Spires, Wellington Street, Belfast, County Antrim BT1 6DW. Signing starts 5pm.

Also, Belfast resident, the legendary Glenn Fabry is running a Kickstarter for his new sketchbook. The amount has been raised, but with 5 days to go, it might be worth getting in on the ground floor for some special offers.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

[Updated]  Andrew's Comic, is the story by and about Andrew Fitzsimmons as he deals with terminal cancer. It's been co-produced by Danny McLaughlin of Uproar Comics. There's an aim to get 3,000 copies to hospitals across the province. Andrew's Comic will be launched at the Black Box on June 25th. From the 26th, the comic will be in exhibition open to the public there, with pages printed in large gallery format.

Donations are welcome. You can find out more by visiting 
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]

More June events below.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

To coincide with the release of GunSuits, Belfast's PJ Holden and John McCrea, of upcoming Hitman spin-off, Section Eight, will be signing copies at the Big Bang, Dublin on Wednesday 10th June at 6pm. The pair are following that with a signing at Belfast's Comic Book Guys, in The Spires on Thursday June 11th, at 5pm.

Paddy Brown has returned to work on The Cattle Raid of Cooley. Check out the final leg of this epic at, every Wednesday.

To End All Wars: A Graphic Anthology of World War 1 features a strip I've written, along by 30 or so others. The soft-cover is coming out this Summer, but the bug news is, it's already been nominated for two Eisners, in Best Anthology and Best Reality Based Work.

Bleeding Cool carries a piece on Stephen Downey's retailer incentive cover for Dynamite Entertainment's King: The Phantom #4.

Here's another look at it, courtesy of PJ Holden's Twitter feed.
And of course, Stephen's drawing for Flash Gordon too.

Photos from a Creator's meet at Stephen's studio. I took this one,

A few new pub meets to announce:

Way over in Enniskillen, Paul Trimble hosts a weekly meet on Saturday mornings, upstairs in the town's Wetherspoons.

And in Belfast, there's a monthly 2000AD meet up, in the lobby of the Europa at 1pm on the last Saturday of the month.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Thursday November 13, 2014

Two comics related events on Thursday.

Belfast - Cult Fiction, the debut art show by aspiring graphic novelist Helen Gomez at the Banjo & Bakery, 353 Ormeau Road. Event is from 7pm.
Helen counts among her influences computer games, saturday cartoons, Spiegelman, Gaiman, McCloud and Gilliam. She says of the exhibit, "Each canvas is a self-contained story with the narrative power of a panel" [ Facebook link here]

Banbridge - THE Will Simpson gives a public interview about his work as THE Game of Thrones storyboard artist. Cost is £7.50, though students get in for £2.50 and Friends of the F.E.McWilliams Gallery are asked for a £5. The event is at the Old Town Hall, 1 Scarva Street, beginning 7:30pm sharp.
[More details at Creative Change NI.]

And if you're stuck at home Following The Nerd broadcasts Thursday from 9pm, talking blockbuster comics culture, and maybe some comics too. []

Also the less-contentious home of our friends at the 2dcast.[link]

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Glenn Fabry and Simon Bisley appear tomorrow night (Friday) to launch their paintings exhibition. Zombie Bunny Ink, 127A Stranmillis Road, BT95AJ Belfast from 7:30 to Saturday. Details here.

This weekend is Belfast Film & Comic Con. [Website here] Wonderful array of guests from Doctor Who and Star Wars. It is organised by Mike Conroy of many comicsy comics cons and he's bringing in PJ Holden, David Lloyd, James O' Barr, The 2d Podcast, Stephen Downey and Atomic Diner. Cool, eh?

Bangor Community Radio talks to Andy Luke, Stephen Downey and Paddy Brown about their comics, and gets Will Simpson's opinion on late night arts.

Belfast has a new comic book store in Unit 4, The Spires, Fisherwick Place.
Today is late openings, photos show a clean relaxing area and here's a link to their facebook page. 
The website for the shop is

PJ Holden is taking part in Cross - a political satire anthology on Kickstarter which looks rather good. Runs until Saturday 8 November.

Finally, 24 hour comics weekend results!

The Adventures of Captain Customer Service - Ellie Rose McKee
Occupied - Andy Luke
A Personal Narrative - Paddy Brown (with photos and bloggery)
Barry the Space Prawn - PJ Holden

Sunday, 28 September 2014

24 Hour Comics 2014

This Wednesday lunchtime (1pm) a free event at the Linenhall Library as John Killen presents a talk on sature and political cartooning in Ulster. More details on this page.

On Sunday, Farset Labs are hosting 24-Hour Comics Day: Personal Narratives in Belfast this weekend coming. I can't think of a better venue.

Thats Saturday October 4th-October 5th 11am-11am. You can register for a free ticket at Eventbrite and access the Faceybook page here.

Bangor Community Radio 107.9 FM are broadcasting a 24 Hour Comics Show, this Thursday October 2nd from 6pm to 7. Host Ellie Rose McKee and myself will be talking to Paddy Brown and Stephen Downey about  the 24 Hour experiment and their work in comics in general.

During enquiries, we managed to uncover news Stephen has a strip in the Flash Gordon Holiday Special 2014, alongside creators from The Daily Show and the hit podcast, The Flop House. Stephen confirmed the news on Sunday, following the announcement he's also drawing Turok: Dinosaur Hunter with local comixer Ruairi Coleman, for Dynamite. Arts Hour can be heard live on the internet and the show will be published on Ellie's Soundcloud the following Monday.

Friday, 8 August 2014

To End All Wars

To End All Wars is now available from Forbidden Planet International, Waterstones, Amazon and other good bookshops. A 320 page collection, it features 27 tales from comixers of 13 different countries. Well researched, it tells untold tales of the Great War.

 Representing Ireland are Andy Luke (Belfast), Ruairi Coleman (Lurgan) and John Robbins (Dublin) on 'Bottomley - Brand of Britain', and Steve Earles (Newmarket-on-Fergus) and Johnny McMonagle (Kildare) on 'The Bitter Harvest'.

 It also features Brit luminaries such as Brick (New Internationalist), Selina Lock (The Girly Comic), Sean Michael Wilson (Operation Iraq Corporate Takeover), Arthur Goodman (Favourite Crayon Stories) and Joe Gordon (Forbidden Planet International Blog)

 Interested press are welcome to contact Andy Luke and publishers, Soaring Penguin Press, for details.


Links: Forbidden Planet International, AmazonBBC News, The Independent