Here is some pencil work from early on in the Ghost of Shandon sequel, Vampire King. I wont give away too many details but you can see St. Fin Barre's Cathdral and Grand Parade from 19th Century Cork City.
The children's booklets that I illustrated and designed for the Cork City Libraries are now available for free in the local Cork libraries. The booklet was produced to encourage children to read over the Summer holidays. It also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Id like to thank Eibhlin Cassidy of the Cork City Library for getting me involved in the project. Make sure to pick up a copy!
I recently did an interview for the Irish Examiner with the Turncoat Press crew, Chris O'Halloran and Emmet O'Brien. Don O'Mahony of the Irish Examiner interviewed us in the Triskel in Cork City. The interview covered a range of topics including Irish comics and the launch of Im Awake, Im Alive!
You can read the full interview here-
Comics drawing ahead as Irish talent attracts global recognitionwww.irishexaminer.comA group of Cork-based comic book artists have released their first anthology, writes Don O’Mahony.
This is the cover of a booklet I was commissioned to illustrate for the children's book department of the Cork City Library. The illustration is based on the Roald Dahl story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The 12 page booklet is aimed to encourage children to read over the Summer months. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was chosen as the theme because its the 50th anniversary of the publication of Roald Dahl's book. The cover illustration displays the different characters from the story outside Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. I also completed 9 interior illustrations for the booklet.
The Cork Horror Comic will be an anthology, published by Cork comic creators for this years Dragon of Shandon Festival. The Dragon of Shandon is an amazing event held every Halloween by Cork Community Art Link. The comic book itself, will consist of 5 different 4 page stories. Each story will see a writer being teamed up with an artist, just so that we can get as many people involved as possible. The comic book's theme will be along the lines of Cork, Horror, Halloween, Zombies, Monsters, Vampires, etc. The stories will be for all ages and it will be printed in black & white. Here are the submission details:
The book launch for the Turncoat Press anthology 'Im Awake, Im Alive!' was held in the Pavilion in Cork City this past June Bank Holiday Monday. It was a tremendous success and a huge show of support to Cork comic makers. Id like to thank Colin O'Mahoney, Chris O'Halloran and Emmet O'Brien for getting me involved in Turncoat Press. Here is a photo of the artists from the anthology on the stage at the Pavilion, Liam Cuthbert, Alan Hurley, Rois Hanley, Cethan Leahy and myself. The comic will be available in Cork book shops soon.
The graphic novel anthology book 'Im Awake, Im Alive!' will be launched on the June Bank Holiday Monday, the 2nd of June, at 6.00 p.m. in the Pavilion on Carey's Lane in Cork City. The graphic novel is published by the new Cork indie comic publishers Turncoat Press and features a host of very talented Cork writers and artists. My own illustrative work is featured in the book in the superhero story Team-Up, written by Colin O'Mahoney. Turncoat Press were recently featured in the Cork Independent, you can read the article here: Cork Independent | Cork's comic collective get creativewww.corkindependent.com
For more information about Turncoat Press, please visit the Turncoat website here
The Islander Art anthology book; BLACK NIGHT, will be officially launched on Saturday May 17th, at 4.00 p.m. in the Franciscan Well on the North Mall in Cork City. The book contains my 6 page comic story; 'The Ravens of County Cork.' which is a zombie comic story set during The Plague in Ireland. All are welcome to attend the launch. The anthology book will cost €6.
The art book also contains illustrative artwork from a large portion of Islander Art collective members including JG O'Donoghue, Eleanor Reilly, Kevin Gough, Mike Nolan, Marian Noone, Wayne O'Connor, Sara Otterstatter and Raul Fernandez.
I will have a stall at this Saturday, April 26th, book market at the Cork World Book Festival on the Grand Parade outside the Cork City Library. I will be selling illustration prints and signed copies of Ghost of Shandon. The book market is open from 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. Please pop along if you can.
For the April issue of Insert Title magazine, I was asked to illustrate the cover inspired by the cinematic work of Wes Anderson. I was inspired by Wes Anderson advertising and film promotion that usually conveyed characters in a traditional photographic portrait layout. My favourite Wes Anderson film is Moonrise Kingdom and I loved the way Wes Anderson referenced Charlie Brown comics throughout the film. In a similar fashion I wanted to reference as many Wes Anderson films as I could in the Insert Title cover illustration including his latest film Grand Budapest Hotel.