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31st May 2012

Romantic Mayhem in the Comics Journal!

Rob Clough has written a Survey of International Small Press Comics on the Comics Journal website, and one of the comics he reviews is Romantic Mayhem, the Irish anthology I did a strip for recently. Not only is it the most prestigious organ to review anything I’ve been involved with, it’s a pretty glowing review as well, and describes my effort as “a spectacular Alex Toth approximation” (I was aiming for something along the lines of Jesús Redondo or Santiago Hernández, but if you’re going to compare me to Alex Toth I reserve the right to be seriously chuffed.

The article also covers comics from Germany, Poland, Latvia (with contributions from a cosmopolitan gang of international artists), Holland, Turkey and Britain – lots of interesting artists to learn about.

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14th May 2012

Tommie Kelly’s The Holy Numbers

A new webcomic starts today: Tommie Kelly’s The Holy Numbers! It’s about a guy who wakes up with a vision of enlightenment and sets out to change the world. Is he a guru or a fraud? What happens when a movement overtakes its founder? The comic launches with six episodes in one go, and will update Monday to Friday from now on. You’ll want to follow this one. (If you’re at work or have a problem with that sort of thing, there’s some nudity and bad language.)

The Holy Numbers by Tommie Kelly

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22nd Apr 2012

Romantic Mayhem!

Romantic Mayhem

Cover art by Tommie Kelly

Romantic Mayhem, the new anthology from National Tragedy, is out! Edited by Gar Shanley, with a cover by Tommie Kelly, it’s full of fabulous satirical romance strips by the leading talents in Irish comics – including Alan Nolan, Deirdre de BarraArchie Templar, Elida Maiques, John Robbins, Hilary Lawler, Davy Francis, Ian Pettitt – and me!

What's Roy Thinking?

A detail from "What's Roy Thinking?", the first strip in the book, written by Gar Shanley and illustrated by meself. I've tried to imitate the style used by the great Spanish artists who drew British girls' comics in the 60s and 70s, people like Jesus Redondo, Purita Campos and Santiago Hernández.

The standard version was launched in Dublin last weekend and will be onsale at zine fairs and the like across the country, including Independents Day in Dublin this afternoon. There’s also a deluxe edition designed by Archie Templar, available in hardback and softcover from, including an 11-page online preview.

There’s also an interview with Gar about the book on Irish Comic News if you’d like to know more.

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03rd Apr 2012

Romantic Mayhem!

Romantic Mayhem launch

Ronantic Mayhem, a very funny and gorgeous new romance comic (that I have a strip in) has a launch party in Dublin the weekend after next (flier by Elida Maiques).

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08th Feb 2012

Skip week, and teaser

There’ll be no page of the Cattle Raid this week. Apologies. Put my head down for five minutes after I finished my dinner this evening, and woke up at five to midnight. It’s gotta be spring soon, don’t it? Anyway, here’s a teaser for another project I’m involved in…

romance comic

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24th Jan 2012

The Invisible Artist

The Invisible Artist, a documentary film made by Andy Luke and Carl Boyle for NVTV on the history of comics in Belfast, which I appeared in and helped out on the research for last year, is now online. As well as Andy and myself, there are contributions from Davy Francis, PJ Holden, Stephen Downey, John Farrelly, John Killen of the Linenhall Library, and many others. Go watch, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

The Invisible Artist from Northern Visions/NvTv on Vimeo.


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12th Jan 2012

ComicBuzz’s Irish comics review of the year, and Molesworth says farewell to Ronald Searle

ComicBuzz have done a review of 2011 in Irish comics, in which I’m mentioned, in splendid company it must be said. Although they do seem to believe The Cattle Raid of Cooley “looks like it will soon come to its end”, which isn’t the case. I’m probably past the half-way stage, but there’s a way to go yet.

In other news, The Economist run an obituary of the great Ronald Searle, who died just before New Year, written by Molesworth himself.

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13th Oct 2011

ICN Awards: nominations closed, voting begins!

ICN AWards

Nominations are closed for the inaugural Irish Comic News awards, and voting can now begin in earnest.

I’ve been nominated for Best Self-Published Irish Artist, and The Cattle Raid of Cooley has been nominated for Best Irish Webcomic. Although I contribute to ICN, I didn’t collate the votes and I didn’t nominate myself, so I’m chuffed that someone has. Please vote for whoever and whatever you think deserves it. Voting closes on Friday 28 October.

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15th Sep 2011

2011 Irish Comic News awards open for nominations!

Irish Comic News Awards

Irish Comic News announces it’s open for nominations for the 2011 ICN Awards! There are categories for Irish comics and creators in the self-published and mainstream fields, as well as comic shops and websites, so if you feel led, please feel free to nominate me and/or my comics in whatever category you think fit. And any other creators and comics, shops, websites and so on you think deserve it, of course. And if you’re stuck for who to nominate, why not browse the Irish Comics Wiki for ideas?



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16th Jul 2011

How to follow webcomics

Over on Irish Comic News, I’ve done a tutorial for beginners on how to follow webcomics using the RSS feed. It’s something I’ve been doing for ages and kind of take for granted, but it’s easy to forget a lot of people don’t know these things. So if you’re one of those who tries to follow The Cattle Raid of Cooley by bookmarking it and trying to remember to look it up every Wednesday, give it a read. It will change your life.

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