Monday, 31 October 2011

Events upcoming: pub meet and talks at the Linenhall Library

First up, this Thursday, 3 November, it's the regular monthly pub meet at the Cloth Ear on Waring Street, from 9pm. If you make comics or are interested in making comics, it'd be good to see you there. I have heard of a couple of incidents of people getting turned away for being under 25, so we might have to consider a change of venue. Bring ideas.

Next week there's a couple of lunchtime events of interest at the Linenhall Library. Tuesday week, 8 November, Dr. Gordon Gillespie examines comic books and graphic novels produced in response and reaction to NI’s political turbulence. Then the following Friday, 11 November, Linen Hall Librarian John Killen takes the audience on a historical tour of political cartoons created throughout the 20th century. Both events are free and start at 1pm.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Ards Arts Big Scribble 2011

Ards Big Scribble 2011
On Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October, Ards Arts in Newtownards, Co. Down, is inviting people to come and draw on the walls of their studio. The Ards Arts Big Scribble is part of the UK-wide Big Draw campaign, and aims to get people drawing a create a piece of collaborative art. They're inviting local businesses and schools as well as the general public to come and make their mark. In residence will be local illustrator and urban artist Shauna McGowan.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

ICN Awards - let voting commence!

Nominations have closed, and voting proper for the inaugural Irish Comic News awards can now begin.

Belfast-related nominations include:

  • Myself for Best Self-Published artist
  • PJ Holden for Best Mainstream-Published Artist
  • Garth Ennis for Best Mainstream-Published Writer and Hall of Fame
  • The Cattle Raid of Cooley (by me) and Felicity (by Adam Law) for Best Webcomic
  • Absence (by Andy Luke and Stephen Downey) for Best Self-Published Comic and Overall Best Comic
  • The Boys (by Garth Ennis et al) and Numbercruncher (by Si Spurrier and PJ Holden) for Best Mainstream-Published Comic
  • Sunnyside Comics for Best Blog/Podcast
  • Forbidden Planet Belfast for Best Comic Shop

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Culture NI on Batman Live - with PJ Holden and Malachy Coney

Over at Culture NI, Peter McCaughan has written a piece on the Batman Live show opening tonight at the Odyssey, with contributions on what makes Batman so enduringly popular from Belfast comics luminaries PJ Holden and Malachy Coney.