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Archive for the 'Ness' Category
13th Mar 2017
I’ve had some website problems lately. Readers let me know that they could no longer follow links from one page to another on The Cattle Raid of Cooley – I’ve fixed that, it should hopefully work okay now, but if there are still problems let me know and I’ll look into them. The prequel, Ness, was also messed up. It was originally drawn in red, but run in black and white, so I’ve decided to re-run the whole thing in red, rescanned from the original art. Check back every Monday for a new page!
Page first published 15 May 2007. Original comments included.
15th May 2013
The Cattle Raid of Cooley is still on holiday, but the prequel, Ness, is going back to print as my stock is down to single figures. I thought I’d take the opportunity to do a new cover, as the old one isn’t very dramatic. Here it is. Hopefully the new print run will be ready for the 2D comics festival in Derry at the end of the month.
17th Apr 2009
I now have a Bookshop! And as well as The Ulster Cycle: Ness, you can now buy issue 1 of The Cattle Raid of Cooley, collecting the first 24 pages, only £2 plus postage & packing. Follow the link for details.
04th Jan 2009
Delos from webcomic review site ArtPatient has reviewed Ness!
A pretty good review, and has pointed out stuff about the comic that I wasn’t really aware of, which is always a sign someone’s paying attention. Thanks Delos.
03rd Dec 2008
In the wake of the Dublin City Comic Con, Some people have been saying nice things about Ness.
Rich Johnson of Lying in the Gutters , reviewing a selection of comics he picked up at the Con (scroll down to “Comics Irish Style”), describes it as “A wonderful period graphic novel” and “Primitive but gripping”.
My tablemate Tommie Kelly, creator of Road Crew, says “This book screams professionalism and dedication”, and suggests if it was translated into Irish it’d make me a millionaire (possibly overestimating the number of Irish speakers who want to read comics, but there you go).
Meanwhile Rol Hirst, despite having been nowhere near Dublin, describes it as “excellent” and praises the “crisp dialogue that doesn’t get all bogged down trying to sound of-the-era” and the “wonderfully expressive artwork”.
29th Nov 2008
Finally, fresh from its triumphant launch at the Dublin City Comic Con last weekend, The Ulster Cycle: Ness is once again available as a book!
When the king of Ulster is powerless to stop a murderous outlaw, his daughter Ness turns outlaw herself to hunt him down. But with war looming between the kingdoms of Ireland, will her father’s house still be there to come back to when the job’s done?
The art has been completely re-scanned and retouched in places, and a few lettering corrections made for the book, which also includes 8 pages of notes identifying sources and providing background.
The book can be bought online via PayPal. Cover price is £4.99. Check the drop-down box for price including postage & packing. Republic of Ireland counts as EU – select EU surface mail. If you live somewhere that’s not included in the drop-down box, email me and I’ll work it out.
If you don’t want to use PayPal you’re welcome to send me a cheque or money order (payable to Patrick Brown; make sure you include p&p) at 40 Channing Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, BT5 5GP.
Edited to add (2 December 2008)
I’m afraid there’s a problem with the PayPal button – apologies if you can’t get it to work. I’m trying to get it sorted, but in the meantime, if you have a PayPal account you can send money to my email address, email@example.com. If you’re in the UK the price including P&P is £5.99. Europe surface mail is £6.49. Europe air mail is £6.99. USA air mail is £7.49. Apologies again.
24th Nov 2008
The Dublin City Comic Con went extremely well, after, it has to be said, a fairly shaky start. I arrived in Dublin on Saturday morning, tried to checkin at the hostel I’d booked a bed in, and when asked for money, discovered I’d left my wallet at home in Belfast. The con organisers were very understanding and were happy to let me off paying for my half of the table until Sunday, after I’d made the trip home and back again.
First time I’ve been to a con as an exhibitor rather than a punter. I was extremely lax at taking photos, I’m afraid. Here’s a shot of my half-a-table taken on Friday:
I was sharing with Tommie Kelly, creator of the excellent webcomic Road Crew, and his glamorous assistant Vanessa:
Met a bunch of people I’d previously only met online, reaquainted myself with some people I’d met at 2D, and made the acquaintance of a few people who were entirely new to me, and embarrassingly got Stephen and Aidan, who I know from the monthly Belfast comic creator pub meets, mixed up on a couple of occasions (sorry). Stephen Coffey unveiled his secret weapon, Barry McGowan, who’d painted his comic Rosemary Herbb: The Return in a style that looked like a tighter version of 2000AD‘s Simon Davis. Declan Shalvey and Andy Winter launched their hilarious one-shot comic Tim Skinner: Total Scumbag, which among other things includes a wicked parody of Garth Ennis’s The Boys and a novel version of what Judge Dredd, sorry, “Magistrate Grudge”, looks like without his helmet.
The launch of the collected edition of The Ulster Cycle: Ness was a great success – I shifted more than half of my initial print run, and several of the people who bought it on Saturday came back on Sunday to say how much they’d enjoyed it. (The quality of the printing, by The Fallen Angel, was also complimented, deservedly so. Thanks Mallory.) I made an impromptu appearance on a panel for newly launched small press books and did it reasonable justice I thought. I’m not quite ready to launch the book online, but I will shortly once I figure out how much I’ll need for postage and can get a PayPal button sorted.
Edited to add: Tommie’s put up his own report and photos (including one of me looking pregnant).
Edited Tuesday 25 November to add: Declan Shalvey has his report up.
Edited Wednesday 26 November: link to Andy Winter’s impression.
06th Oct 2008
Apologies, but after after issues have arisen in the printing of The Ulster Cycle: Ness, I have withdrawn the book from sale at Lulu. I’m exploring other options and will keep you posted. In the meantime, the complete comic remains available to read here on the website.
13th Sep 2008
Edited on 6 October 2008 to add:
I’m afraid that after issues have arisen in the printing of The Ulster Cycle: Ness, I have withdrawn the current edition from sale at Lulu. I am exploring other avenues for publication and will update further when I’m able to.
The Ulster Cycle: Ness, first serialised as a webcomic on this site, is now available as a book!
Ireland, the Iron Age. When the king of Ulster is powerless to stop a murderous outlaw, his daughter Ness turns outlaw herself to hunt him down. But with war looming between the kingdoms of Ireland, will her father’s house still be there to come back to when the job’s done?
Praise for The Ulster Cycle: Ness
What an impressive debut. It’s as though writer/artist Patrick Brown found a window looking into the past, and he decided to smash it and climb on through. Here is a thoroughly modern form of Irish storytelling that makes the past very much the present.
It’s as though he were standing over the still bleeding and battered corpse of Darby O’Gill with the murder weapon in his hand – his weapon of choice a biro. This is not murder. This is a beautiful act of mercy.
The Darkness, The Moon Looked Down and Laughed, Good Craic Comics
Finally a comic from Northern Ireland that can be read anywhere – Patrick Brown weaves a wonderful tapestry of rich characters,intertwining centuries-old legends with 21st Century artwork to die for. Wonderful!
Oink!, Holy Cross, the 4 Fathers
All 72 pages of art have been re-scanned and a few corrections made. Also includes 8 pages of notes and background material. Follow this link to buy a copy – only £5.99 for the paperback, £2.99 to download as a pdf!