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Irish Comic News

After the Squarebound event in Dublin recently Irish artist Tommie Kelly realised that the Irish comic book scene could use a central resource, especially to aid networking about comic book events in Ireland, and in a splurge of activity created a terrific site called Irish Comic News.

It describes itself as “…a website dedicated to the Irish comic Scene. It contains interviews, a forum, event guides, tutorials and all news related to the Irish Comic Scene.” Tommie is being helped in his efforts by Patrick Brown, Hilary Lawler and Gar Shanley, with contributions from David O’Leary.

For the past week ICN has been sending a standard questionnaire to Irish comic book creators and posting their responses online. You can read Robert Curely’s answers and  my answers on the site.

As well as this David O’Leary has kindly written a review of issue 1 of Róisín Dubh. Here’s a sampler:

The story is utterly enticing. If this is any indication of what is planned in the overall picture, then we are well placed. I love the period that the book is set in. I love the characters traits and how the time influences the thinking of them, particularly Roisin’s father. I love the attention to the little details that McHugh brings forth. This could be the beginning of something special. Keep your eyes peeled.

The art is also just as noteworthy. The black and white art is exactly what the tone of the story demands of it. There are some cool images in the book, one being the image of the Neamh-Mharibh’s position in the mound after being buried. Something about that panel was visually very catching. The clothes and time specific items must have took a bit of research and the look of the book looks as detailed as the story does. Also, the cover by Stephen Byrne is beautiful in its simplicity.


interviews and feedback

Dublin has been locked down for almost a week and a half thanks to a visit by Queen Elizabeth II, the funeral of respected politician Garret Fitzgerald and the state visit of USA President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to Ireland.

Despite the decrease in foot traffic in Dublin, sales of Róisín Dubh have been brisk. Plus, there are sales coming in via the Atomic Diner web site, which is not subject to the vagaries of police barricades.

So far the feedback from those who have purchased issue 1 has been positive, with most people demanding issue 2 as soon as possible.

Maura, contrastedWe will do our best!

Also, thanks to Jenni Hill and the fabulous women at Bad Reputation, for their two-part interview with me about Róisín Dubh.

You can read them here: Róisín Dubh, Demons, and Bicycles: an interview with author Maura McHugh (Part One) and Róisín Dubh, Demons, and Bicycles: an interview with author Maura McHugh (Part Two).

We are hugely appreciative of everyone who supports our project!

The Queen has arrived

Róisín Dubh, Chapter 1, coverThe Queen of Darkness, aka Róisín Dubh, arrived today in Sub-City in Dublin and has already been selling well.

If you wish to purchase it online it costs €5.50, plus €1.00 postage for Ireland, €1.50 for England and and extra €0.50 for other countries.

Copies will be arriving in Sub-City in Galway by the weekend, and in other outlets soon.

Issue 1 is a limited run, so get your copies while you can!

Issue 1 sample is okay

The sample copy of issue 1 of Róisín Dubh has been delivered to Atomic Diner HQ and has been given the nod of approval by Robert Curley.

All going well we could have delivery of the first issue by Friday the 13th – an auspicious date!

Roisin 1 – soon

Róisín Dubh, Chapter 1

Here’s the cover of Chapter 1 of the first volume of Róisín Dubh, drawn by the talented Stephen Byrne.

The comic book should be hitting the shelves later this month!

More news about firm release dates when we get them.