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25th Jan 2015

Non-update update

Hello readers, just checking in to keep the blog ticking over.

Posting will continue to be a bit light for a while. Sorting out my mum’s estate is a difficult and emotionally draining process and doesn’t leave me with an awful lot of energy for other things, like drawing. I’m making some headway with The Cattle Raid of Cooley, but I want to make a bit more headway before I start posting again. The finishing post is in sight, I just need to build up a bit of momentum. Hope I can make a more substantive update before much longer.

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02nd Dec 2014

The Cattle Raid of Cooley sitrep

It’s now nearly two months since the last update on The Cattle Raid of Cooley. Circumstances, which I went into in my last post, have meant that my break from the comic has been a bit longer than I intended, and will be a bit longer still. Don’t worry, I will finish the story, not too far from now. I’ve come too far to give up now!

Although I’m not ready to continue the story yet, I have been doing a small amount of revision. I’ve always done minor continuity errors and redrawn the odd panel here and there without feeling the need to mention it, and I’ve done a bit of that, but the more drastic revision is the insertion of two whole new pages into Chapter 10. Your computer might have cached the old images, so next time you read pages 11 and 12, refresh the page to see what I’ve added.

You might also notice I’ve redesigned the site to look more of a portfolio and less of a blog. Please feel free to explore.

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22nd Oct 2014

Radio silence

You know what I did? I failed to post an update last week, and didn’t even notice. Sorry about that. There’s no update this week either, and may not be for a few weeks after that. So I’ve decided to take a short holiday from The Cattle Raid of Cooley, recharge my batteries, and come back refreshed for the big push towards the conclusion of the story.

In the meantime, here are some snippets of some of the other things I’m working on.

Knights under lights

Candle in the hand

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01st Oct 2014

Skip week

Well, Wednesday’s almost done and this week’s page isn’t. Other things have got in the way. I’ll try and get back on track for next week.

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03rd Sep 2014

Probably won’t be a page this week

Unless I can get it drawn and uploaded by the end of the day. I’m a bit knackered. On Friday I was part of the music group (guitar and vocals) at the wedding of our fantastic singing teacher Róisín Magee at Newry Cathedral. Most of it was reasonably straightforward, except Róisín and Conor left the church to the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” – one of my favourite songs, but fiddly to play, and took a lot of practice beforehand to get right. My fingertips are still tender. But we gave Róisín a great send-off, I’m proud and honoured  to have been involved, and we’ll have to call her Mrs McKenna when classes resume in a few weeks time. Here’s a photie of the happy couple nicked from Facebook.

Conor and Róisín cut the cake

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20th Aug 2014

No page today

Completely failed to get any work done on the comic yesterday. Other things to do. As consolation, how about me singing the old Big Star song “Thirteen”?

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30th Jul 2014

Summer holiday skip week

There’ll be no page this week. Don’t know if it’s the heat or the hay fever or what, but my brain is shut and this weeks installment is sitting in there refusing to come out. As some consolation, here’s the great illustrator Victor Ambrus’s rendition of Cú Chulainn from Rosemary Sutcliff’s 1963 retelling The Hound of Ulster. I’ve been indulging my passion from the illustrators of British children’s books of the 60s and 70s, artists like Ambrus, Margery Gill, and my first love among illustrators Charles Keeping, at the Today’s Inspiration Group on Facebook. If you’re on Facebook and like good drawing, have a browse – there are so many amazing illustrators to learn about.

The Hound of Ulster by Rosemary Sutcliff, cover illustration by Victor Ambrus

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02nd Jul 2014

No page this week

A variety of factors. Hay fever stuffing up my brain, it’s too hot to draw (hollow laugh from those of you who live in actually hot places, but I’m not used to it) and my wee brother arrived home from Africa last night and I’d to pick him up from the airport. All adds up to, no page got drawn.

Think of it this way – I’m just like Alan Moore. In the latter stages of writing Watchmen, he used to write two or three pages at a time and send them round to Dave Gibbons’ house by taxi. And yes, I am comparing The Cattle Raid of Cooley to Watchmen. Which presumably means if anybody makes a film of it I’ll have a strop and fall out with myself.

I’m rambling. Normal service will be resumed at some point, hopefully next Wednesday.

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11th Jun 2014

Another skip week

Apologies. I’m putting this one down to post-Comic Con fatigue. Here’s a review of the show to keep you occupied.

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04th Jun 2014

The Cattle Raid of Cooley – skip week, but new issue

There’ll be no update this week. It’s turning out to be something of a difficult week in a number of ways, and I’m afraid I haven’t been able to focus my mind on the comic.

However, assuming my head hasn’t completely imploded in the meantime, I will have a table at the MCM Belfast Comic Con at the King’s Hall Pavilions this weekend, and on sale for the first time will be The Cattle Raid of Cooley issue 9 (cover art below).

The Cattle Raid of Cooley issue 9

 

Look for me in the Comic Village section. The Con will also feature dealer stalls and video games and cosplayers and guests from Red Dwarf, Primeval and Game of Thrones and all that kind of thing. I was disappointed Hannah Spearritt didn’t stop by my table at the Dublin event, but she’s a guest again, and you never know.

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