I will be participating in a group art exhibition in the Camden Palace on Camden in Cork City next week. The exhibition is artwork of West Cork's very own superhero, the Bantry Blossom, who was created for Emmet O'Brien and Ross Carey's short film called Comic Potential. The film will be premiered next Tuesday evening, December 16th at 7 PM in the Camden Palace alongside the art exhibition. All are welcome!
Im pleased to announce that the comic book anthology; 'Im Awake, Im Alive!,' that I worked on earlier in the year has been nominated for the Arcade.ie award for Overall Best Irish Comic Publication 2014. The comic was published by indie Cork comic publishers Turncoat Press. I illustrated a superhero story written by Colin O'Mahoney. The comic is still available in Waterstones Cork. You can vote for 'Im Awake, Im Alive!' in the Arcade.ie awards here:
I had a great time this week giving cartooning and drawing workshops in Beaumonts Boys School in Blackrock, Cork City. It was great to see the kids show so much enthusiasm for art. One kid even turned up in Superman t-shirt, hat, socks and a big red cape! Id like to thank my own, old primary school teacher Norma Nagle for inviting me along.
I recently did an interview promoting the Cork Horror Comic with journalist Don O'Mahony in the Triskel for the Irish Examiner. Id like to thank Don for doing the interview and supporting local arts in Cork. The full interview can be read here:
Sample pages from the Cork Horror Comic are now on display on Lavitts Quay in Cork City, near the Coal Quay. The 2 meter high prints are very impressive, even from a distance across the River Lee. Id like to thank Cork Community Art Link and the Cork City Council creating the wonderful public showcase for the Cork Horror Comic.
Press Release Cork Horror Comic:
For Halloween this year, you can take the horror home with you!
Wednesday October 29TH at the festival sees the launch of the Cork Horror Comic; an all-ages anthology put together exclusively for the festival. The five stories in the book are a spooky trip through Cork, both past and present, where you will meet demons, spirits of the air, haunted buildings, a medieval plague doctor, and the cab driver from hell...
Put together by the Cork Comic Creator group, the book is the work of local writers and artists, and is an exciting blend of different stories, all horror-themed, and all set in Cork. The comic will have a limited print run and will only be available to buy at the festival.
In ‘The Plague Doctor’, we meet a ghost of Cork’s past, from when the plague was a terror to all in the city. But there are worse dangers than even the Black Death stalking the streets...
In ‘The Devil’s Chair’ an unsuspecting furniture maker gets a mysterious visitor, and a challenge he can’t refuse. Of course, all is not what it seems, and as the story unfolds we learn how The Devil’s Chair of Blarney Street got its name.
In ‘The Lough’, we travel further into Cork’s past and discover the story of the famous ‘War of the Starlings’ that took place across the skies of Cork in 1622. For three days and nights feathers rained on the city as tens of thousands of birds waged war above the heads of the citizens of Cork. Here, history meets legend as we find out what could have driven birds to wage such an incredible battle.
In ‘Shandon Tower’ we arrive back in modern-day Cork city, but that doesn’t mean we leave the scares behind. Two would-be thieves make a mistake they come to regret when they tackle Shandon Tower in the dead of the night.
Finally, in ‘Cab Ride’ two friends on a journey to a Halloween party get taken on a trip through a hilarious and twisted version of Cork. Will they make it to their party, or has their driver something else in mind for them?
The Cork Horror anthology features a cover by ‘Ghost of Shandon’ artist Alan Corbett and was made in collaboration with the Dragon of Shandon Festival (produced by Cork Community Art Link).
Emma O'Mahony and Chris O'Halloran
Dylan Fitzgerald and Damien Duncan
War of the Birds
Liam Hughes and Charlie Aabo
Mark Lenihan and Podge Daly
Sean Creagh and Joe Griffin
I will be attending the Art Teachers Association of Ireland conference in Galway tomorrow, Saturday October 11th. The conference is being held in the Clayton Hotel in Galway. I will be giving a talk on graphic design and illustration to members of the Art Teachers Association of Ireland during the afternoon of the conference day. Id like to thank Dawn O'Sullivan for arranging my details.
Modeler Donal O'Donohoe recently created 3D versions of some of my illustration characters and had them printed in France. The models are very impressive as you can see. Donal studied animation in UCC and recently completed an internship with Brown Bag Films in Dublin. I wish the best of luck to Donal in his future career!