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25th Jul 2008

Forthcoming comics

The Cattle Raid of Cooley, the next Ulster Cycle comic, is coming along nicely. I’m very aware of the fact that when my house got flooded last summer, there was a long break in updates, so I’ve decided to build myself a bit of a backlog before I start posting, and to post on a regular weekly or twice-weekly (I haven’t decided which yet) schedule rather than whenever I get a page done, so as to stay well ahead of myself.

If you’ve been following my blog since last June you may remember that I’ve been drawing The Ulster Cycle in red biro, but greyscaling it and turning up the contrast a bit to turn it into black and white art. Some of the people I’ve shown the original art to, including fellow creative types Malachy Coney and PJ Holden, have said they prefer it in red, and as I’m publishing it on the web there’s no need to accept the restrictions of print publication.

So I’ve decided to heed their wisdom. The Cattle Raid of Cooley will be published here in red, just the same as I draw it. I’m not going to post any of the art here until I’ve got enough of a backlog built up, but just to let you see how it’ll look I’ve rescanned page 59 from Ness (chosen because the art’s not bad and there’s no lettering to redo). The black and white version, for the sake of comparison, is here.

The Ulster Cycle: Ness page 59 in red

2 Responses to “Forthcoming comics”

  1. Rol Says:

    Y’know, I think I might prefer that too… and I can’t believe you’re doing that with just a biro. Bloody good work.

  2. paddybrown Says:

    Not just a biro. Don’t forget the Tippex!

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