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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

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