paddybrown.co.uk

Archive for the 'My Comics' Category

12th Aug 2019

Things are happening

A significant redesign for my website. My serialised webcomics have been taken down, because I’m on the verge of publishing them as collected editions.

My first Ulster Cycle comic, Ness, was serialised in 2007-2008. I wrote and drew it in an improvisational style, in red pen, no script, no pencils (here’s an old blog post on how I did it), but originally converted it to black and white to post it online, and published it as an A5 black and white graphic novel in 2008. The first print run sold out, and I reprinted it with a new cover in 2013.

That run’s now almost gone, so I’m going back to print. This time, though, it’s being printed in oversize (17.7 x 25 cm) format, and in red ink, as originally drawn.

In even bigger news, the follow-up, The Cattle Raid of Cooley, is being collected in a single 284-page volume. Starring the grandson of the heroine of Ness, it’s an adaptation of the ancient Irish epic Táin Bó Cúailnge. I serialised that (in red) between 2008 and 2015, and have been printing it as a series of ten comics since then. Keeping those issues in print has been a bit of a struggle, and I figure it’s about time I published it in in a more manageable format.

I’ve created my own publishing imprint, Beetletongue Books, for these books. More news to follow.

Elsewhere, I’m continuing to work with writer Mark McCann on short strips for Belfast’s 2000AD fanzine, Sector 13 – and we potentially have something longer in the works. More news to follow on that front as well.

Posted by Posted by paddybrown under Filed under Ness, The Cattle Raid of Cooley Comments No Comments »

05th Oct 2014

24 Hour Comics Day 2014

So we had another 24 Hour Comics Day in Belfast this year. It was held this weekend at Farset Labs, a sort of community creative space in Sandy Row, organised by the indefatigable Glenn Davidson. Cheers Glenn! Here’s a couple of photos nicked from the Facebook event page of me and Ann Harrison setting up and showing off some of our recent work.

Me at 24 Hour Comics Day, Farset Labs, Belfast

Ann Harrison at 24 Hour Comics Day, Farset Labs, Belfast

PJ Holden entertained us all by narrating his comic, Barry the Space Prawn, as he drew it, and was the first participant to get his effort online. Follow this link, or click the image below, to read mine. The story (such as it is) is all over the place and some of the likenesses of family members, drawn from distant memory, are a bit wonky, but I’m pleased with the drawing.

A Personal Narrative

Posted by Posted by paddybrown under Filed under 24 Hour Comics, My Comics Comments No Comments »

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”?

Posted by Posted by paddybrown under Filed under Music, skip week Comments No Comments »

12th Mar 2014

The Comics Journal reviews The Cattle Raid of Cooley alongside About a Bull

Shaenon Garrity, The Comics Journal‘s webcomic specialist, has written a very nice review of The Cattle Raid of Cooley, alongside another webcomic adapting the same story, MK Reed’s About a Bull. I’ve often said that the Táin is big enough, gnarled enough and complicated enough to stand multiple interpretations, and Shaenon agrees, saying “In different hands, the same material can be a stark historical novel about bromantic battles between men or a sly tragicomedy about women asserting their power.” Her review is perceptive, and reassures me that a lot of what I’m trying to do is working.

You really should look at About a Bull, by the way. MK’s version is way funnier than mine, and the variety in the art – aside from MK’s own storybook style on the main story, flashbacks are drawn by different artists – is a nice interpretation given how patchwork and variable in style the original text is. She covers some of the same ground as I have, but in different ways, and she includes stories I haven’t. And as mine is (slowly) approaching a conclusion, hers is just getting started – four chapters in, they haven’t left Cruachan and Cú Chulainn has yet to make an appearance, so it’s set to run for a good while yet.

About a Bull: Ailill and Medb by MK Reed

About a Bull: Ailill and Maeve by MK Reed

About a Bull: Rucht and Friuch by Caroline Kelsey

About a Bull: Rucht and Friuch by Caroline Kelsey

About a Bull: Nes and Cathbad by Hilary Florido

About a Bull: Nes and Cathbad by Hilary Florido

About a Bull: Fergus and Nes by Hilary Florido

About a Bull: Fergus and Nes by Matt Wiegle

About a Bull: Macha by Farel Dalrymple

About a Bull: Macha by Farel Dalrymple

Posted by Posted by paddybrown under Filed under Blog, Press, The Cattle Raid of Cooley Comments No Comments »

27th Feb 2014

The Cattle Raid of Cooley issue 8 now on sale!

The eighth issue of The Cattle Raid of Cooley (cover art below) is now available to buy from my Comicsy bookshop for £3.50. I’ve rejigged the way it calculates postage, so it should save you a bit of money if you’re buying multiple comics. I’ve also included options to buy all eight issues as a set, or all eight issues plus the prequel graphic novel Ness as a set, for a reduced price. I’m also gradually making digital download versions you can buy for £1.50 an issue, but they’re not all up yet. So if you appreciate what I’m doing here, I’d appreciate it if you’d support me by buying my books.

The Cattle Raid of Cooley issue 8

 

Some people who have said nice things about my work:

  • “Great work” – David Lloyd
  • “I love your work. It’s so loose, and the red works so well” – Donna Barr
  • “If Lorenzo Mattotti did Irish mythology” – John Robbins
  • “An outstanding body of work” – Rabble.ie
  • “[The] drawing style is sketchily naturalistic … particularly excelling at the nature scenes … It also gives the story a sense of versimilitude, like everything is happening in the moment” – Gavin Burrows
  • “captures the time very well, both in his art and story, this is no polished recounting of history, but a tale full of earthy reality, full of the dirt of ancient lands and the blood of ancient races” – Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International
  • “[A] brilliant adaptation of the epic Irish legend Táin Bó Cúailnge … a violent, visceral and darkly comic tale and Brown’s interpretation doesn’t leave much to the imagination; the single-colour artwork, raw and frenetic, is reminiscent of Eddie Campbell’s work on From Hell and the story is well-crafted with an obvious passion for the subject matter” – Look Left
  • “wonderful translation of ancient Irish legends … exciting and amusing … beautifully rendered action … that proves why Patrick’s decision to retell these old stories in comic book form was such an excellent idea” – Rol Hirst
  • “In a hundred years, I reckon Paddy Brown will be remembered as one of Ireland’s finest cartoonists. His Cattle Raid of Cooley  calls to the reader to glide around the pages and take in the detail, but to go when he says … a pseudo-sensory experience” – Andy Luke
  • “It’s as if writer-artist Patrick Brown found a window looking into the past, and he decided to smash it climb on through. Here is a thoroughly modern form of Irish storytelling that makes the past very much the present” – Malachy Coney
  • “Finally a comic from Northern Ireland that can be read adywhere – Patrick Brown weaves a wonderful tapestry of rich characters, intertwining centuries-old legends with 21st-century artwork to die for. Wonderful!” – Davy Francis
  • “[Ness is] A wonderful period graphic novel … Primitive but gripping” – Rich Johnston

Posted by Posted by paddybrown under Filed under Comics, My Comics Comments No Comments »

01st Jan 2014

It’s 2014!

And as it turns out, this Wednesday is New Year’s Day. Whose idea was that? If Julius Caesar or Pope Gregory the whateverth who made the calendar had thought it through, they would have realised that meant me missing two weeks in a row of The Cattle Raid of Cooley. So, normal service will be resumed next week when I’m back at my day job and can remember what day of the week it is.

So, 2013, eh? What was all that about?

An interesting year in a number of ways. My house needed extensive renovation – one of those annoying things where you get someone in to deal with a minor problem, and they find a bigger problem underlying it, so you get someone in to deal with that and they find an even bigger problem underlying that, and so on until you practically have to rebuild the house from the foundations up. So that was a bit stressful, and it meant I spent probably half the year at my mum’s. Which explains why my posting schedule was a bit erratic, but I couldn’t tell you that at the time, because what kind of idiot advertises the fact that their house is unoccupied on the internet?

But I still managed to do some interesting things. For example:

  • In April I was invited to the Dundalk Book Festival, to appear on a panel about Irish comics with Tommie Kelly, Rob Curley, Hilary Lawler and Alan Nolan, and that was fun.
  • At the end of May/beginning of June I was a guest at the 2D Comics Festival in its new venue, the Millennium Dome Falcon Forum in Derry, which was superb as usual.
  • At the end of June the singing class I go to (Singing for Adults with Róisín Magee at the Crescent Arts Centre) held a cabaret concert which raised over £1000 for the MS Society, in which I sang the Temptations’ “My Girl”, duetted with Gary Fullerton on “Me and My Shadow”, and did backing vocals on other people’s solos. It was brilliant. We were stars.
  • In October, as part of the Belly Laughs Comedy Festival, I organised Comic Capers with Davy Francis and Chums, a retrospective of Davy’s 40 years as a cartoonist. Davy was brilliant, a natural raconteur, and we also had fantastic contributions from Ian Knox, political cartoonist of the Irish News, Alan Ryan of Faraday the Blob and The Beano, Ann Harrison of Bunsen Bunnies, Brian John Spencer, cartoonist from Northern Ireland political website Slugger O’Toole, live caricaturist Colm Campbell and documentary cartoonist Patrick Sanders. Not a huge turnout, and there were some organisational hitches, but everyone who came seemed to enjoy it.

Plans for 2014 include ploughing on with the Cattle Raid, which has started its penultimate chapter; keeping up the singing, and hopefully doing a few open mic nights; and getting the new Belfast Drawers’ Club, or whatever it turns out being called, to include political cartoonists, caricaturists, illustrators and storyboard artists as well as comics artists, up and running. No doubt there will be a few surprises along the way. Hopefully they’ll be nice ones.

So, in conclusion, a very happy new year to all my readers. See yez next Wednesday for the conclusion of Medb’s flashback.

Posted by Posted by paddybrown under Filed under Belfast, Blog, Cartoonists, Comics, Events, Music, skip week Comments No Comments »

02nd Oct 2013

Why there’s no new comic this week

Comic Capers with Davy Francis and Chums

It’s still just about Wednesday, but I’m not going to make my deadline. I know my rate of production has slowed dramatically this year, but I don’t seem to be able to do anything about it. This week, though, there’s a good reason.

On Sunday, as part of Belfast’s Belly Laughs Comedy Festival, I’m involved in organising Comic Capers with Davy Francis and Chums, a celebration of comics and cartooning featuring one of Belfast’s not-sung-enough heroes, who sold his first cartoon 40 years ago this year (he was eleven, it was to the East Antrim Times, and he was paid 50p). Since then his loopy dip-pen line has graced titles as varied as the Belfast People’s Comic, “Screw the Bap and Head the Ball” in the Shankill Bulletin, Ximoc, Cicerman, Monster Fun, Oink!, Holy Cross, Seven Deadly Sins, Jim the Elephant, Sancho and Thunderbags. Last week he and I drew caricatures at a charity event, and it’s always a pleasure to watch him draw.

So, to get back to the point, a retrospective of Davy’s career will be the centrepiece of an afternoon event on Sunday 6 October, in the Black Box on Hill Street, from 2pm to 6pm. We’ll also be creating a giant improvised comic strip and holding a workshop for kids, and I’ll be speaking about some early comic strips from the Belfast Telegraph in the 1920s, and introducing you to a forgotten Belfast cartoonist. Other illustrious guests include cartoonists Ian Knox (Whizzer and Chips, Irish News, BBC NI’s Hearts and Minds), Alan Ryan (Faraday the Blob, The Beano), Ann Harrison (Bunsen Bunnies), Brian John Spencer (Slugger O’Toole, Huffington Post) and Patrick Sanders (SCEPTrE, Replay Theatre Company), and standup comics Peter E Davidson and Lorcan McGrane.

Promises to be a fantastic occasion and I hope to see lots of you there. But does mean I’ve had less mental energy to devote to other things, like this week’s Cattle Raid of Cooley.

Posted by Posted by paddybrown under Filed under Cartoonists, Events, Irish comics, skip week, Small press comics Comments No Comments »

11th Sep 2013

More apologies, and TitanCon

No page again this week I’m afraid. I have a job interview today, so I’ve been preparing for that rather than drawing.

The weekend just past I was at TitanCon, a fantasy and science fiction convention in Belfast. Here I am appearing on a panel about Irish myths and history in comics (stolen from Nerdgeist’s review of the con). Left to right, Peadar Ó Guilín, science fiction novelist and panel chairman; William Simpson, comic artist and Game of Thrones storyboard artist; Richmond Clements, writer of the Brian Boru strip in Lightning Strike Presents among many other things; Paul Bolger, filmmaker and writer-artist of Hound, a forthcoming graphic novel about Cú Chulainn; a jug of water; and me.

Comics panel at TitanCon

Rich’s face is slightly obscured by the microphone stand, so here’s a pic I did a while back to show that (a) he’s an even more talented writer than I thought he was, and (b) he’s a time traveller.

Posted by Posted by paddybrown under Filed under Belfast, Events, Irish artists, skip week Comments No Comments »

04th Sep 2013

Apologies

Tried to get the page done this evening, so at least if it was late it’d still be within deadline, but it’s just not happening. I know what I want to draw, it just won’t go down right. So it’s time to give up and say it’ll next week.

So, something else. For the last year and a bit I’ve been going to singing classes at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast, and the last couple of weekends we’ve done an intensive workshop in the Accidental Theatre Company‘s rehearsal space, culminating in a recording session on Sunday at the Oh Yeah Music Centre. We all had a bit of solo and a lot of harmony, and I played a bit of guitar. Here’s some of us recuperating in the Spaniard afterwards.

Left to right: Kathleen, who we’re losing to her native Canada now she’s finished her studies at Queen’s, soprano; Julie, soprano; Róisín, our teacher, musical director and inspiration; me, tenor; Piotr, tenor; Brian, whose son is in top local band Cashier No. 9, bass; and Anne, alto. Roll on the return of the regular class!

Singing class

Posted by Posted by paddybrown under Filed under Belfast, Music, skip week Comments No Comments »

05th Jun 2012

Skip week, and Colonel Gaddafi’s tent.

Just back from a five-day camping trip in Connemara with my brothers Simon and Alan, and Alan’s wife Louise and their kids Zoe and Sam. Alan and his family are experienced campers and have their own family-sized tent. Simon bought a tent on the internet, which he and I slept in, and which turned out to sleep six in three internal bedrooms, not counting the generous living area in the middle. It was quickly dubbed “Colonel Gaddafi’s tent”.

Fortunately it turned out to be robust enough for the Connemara weather, which was not as pleasant as had been hoped for. The one evening with nice weather also attracted more midges that I believed existed, with Simon, Louise and Zoe getting particularly badly eaten.

Anyway, it was an enjoyable trip despite the conditions, and worth missing 2D for. However, it has thoroughly tired me out, and it’s only just occurred to me, at nearly ten pm, that it’s Tuesday and the next instalment of the comic is due tomorrow morning. I also have to go to work. So, despite my best intentions, another skip week is on the cards. Apologies.

Posted by Posted by paddybrown under Filed under Blog, Friends and family, skip week Comments No Comments »

  • Beetletongue Books

    The Cattle Raid of Cooley

    Ness: a story from the Ulster Cycle

  • Meta

  • %d bloggers like this: