August 18 2017

2017 Dublin Comic Con

If a Tree falls in the Woods but no one is there to hear it… did it actually fall?

We were set to table at DCC 2017 but had to pass out table on… Life can be shitty sometimes.

Having said that, Dublin Comic Con presents great opportunity to get involved every year and so there were other ways for us to take part. On Saturday 12th August 2017 I hosted a Writing for Comics panel at 4pm. I took the moderating position and was lucky to have 4x Great Writers willing to take part, who were:

Hugo Boylan

Aaron Fever

Tracy Sears

Kerrie Smith

We structured our time into 4 segments;

Inspiration

The Writers each spoke about a book they wrote and where their ideas came from. Some were born out of a desire to tell a story in a particular setting or of a particular genre but others had more insightful and honest origins which really gave good insight into creative processes.

Writing for a Visual Medium

Here each Writer displayed a scripted page of text along side the finished product for same. This was quite exciting as each of the 4 had a different style in terms of laying out their page plan on paper. The key ingredient here was how each worked with their Illustrator to bring the pages to life and again, some had off-hand and easy to communicate ideas where other chose to provide more detail in their descriptions.

Finding Collaborators

Quite a lot of people in the Audience were keen to get started on their own comics so the take-away here was to get out, to the comic related events and meet people. Events like DCC are great opportunities but smaller events do exist throughout the year and fledgling Creators should look to these in order to find their Collaborators. (This is how we got started!)

Q + A

The panel of Writers were great and had a to say… so much that we didn’t really have time for a Q+A! This was down to me not captaining a tighter ship but the Audience started big and remained that way throughout so we can only take that as a sign of a job well done. We did have three books to recommend as further reading and they were:

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Michael Benids – Words for Pictures

One of the biggest names in the industry takes you through formal script writing processes. Advice is also given on working with Collaborates and is a great start to help those struggling with a blank sheet of paper in front of them.

Scott McCloud – Understanding Comics

Comics are an entirely different medium to movies, books, tv shows etc… This book explores the HOW of comics and shines a light on the unique features people often take for granted.

Dirk Manning – Write or Wrong

This book is a great tale of one guy’s journey of wanting to make comics and how he got there. It’s not a straight forward path and so much happens along the way that would logically tell a person; it’s just not meant to be. Dirk pressed forward though and this book is a real motivator for anyone that wants to and needs that little motivational push.

Oh Hey, did you buy any comics?

As ever, there was quite a lot of good books on offer so here’s a taste of what I brought home from DC 2017:

Until next time… which will be Thought Bubble 2o17 in Leeds, Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th September 2017.

– Seamus Kavanagh

June 25 2017

Holiday Comics – Kingpin Books, Lisbon

You know what’s good craic? Getting comics while on Holiday. I was in Lisbon, Portugal this month for a very short visit. In between the Airport and Hotel was a shop not far from the underground train station stop Alameda…

Where did I go?

Kingpin Books (seriously, it’s there in the centre, behind that car)

Rua Quirino da Fonseca, 16-B 1000-252 Lisboa Portugal

www.kingpinbooks.net/

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August 10 2016

2016 Dublin Comic Con

Comic Creators Panel at 2016 Dublin Comic Con

Small Press Panel. L-R: Seamus Kavanagh, Eoin McAuley, Leeann Hamilton, Kinga Korska, Kevin Keane, Hugo Boylan, Paul Bolger, Ciaran Marcantonio.

Photo credit to Paul Carroll of Comix Ireland

We hit up 2016 Dublin Comic Con once again with A Life in Defence. Our original plan was to launch a second book at this event… but Life got in the way. It’s actually kind of funny how different comic creating is at both Professional and Independent level. Secret Wars (2015) saw delays, The Dark Knight III is experiencing delays and so too will Civil War II…

I say the above only to make ourselves feel better. We were disappointed not to have our second book ready but we did take comfort from the many people who stopped by our table to say Hi. Many asked about our next book and while we were sorry to disappoint, it was quite encouraging for us to see so many people eager to see more for us as a collaborative team. Continue reading

September 14 2015

That difficult second album…

We’re very pleased with our success for A Life in Defence (check out the reviews here) and as we look ahead to dark winter evenings, attention has turned to preparations for Book number 2.

We’re in an odd situation in that we have a script for another comic locked and ready to go… but both Colin and I are in agreement that this particular script would be better suited as Book 3. For any who met us at either Dublin Comic Con or Colin at the Comic City festival in Derry, we said that the story of A Life in Defence is a one-shot and our next books will also be stand alone stories. We’re sticking to that and do have some out-there tales planned for 2016.

Starting the next book...

Book 2 has started to take shape. I, Seamus, wasn’t able to attend the Comic City festival in Derry as I was abroad but that trip abroad gave me something very useful when it comes to creating comics: 2x 19 hour flights with lots of time to focus on crafting an engaging story. We have the story outline ready and a few key scenes drafted. We’ll focus now on getting the the script complete and will run it through a few drafts to make sure that we’re happy with it. We’ll be aiming for a 2016 launch but while that gives us a lot of time to play with, we’re focused on creating quality material for 2016 and so won’t be taking it easy.

We’re looking forward to creating and we hope you’re looking forward to reading (“,)

– Seamus

August 20 2015

Comic Book Guys stock A Life in Defence

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Belfast based comic retailer Comic Book Guys have stocked A Life in Defence!

Copies are available from today with the added bonus that they’ll be signed by Illustrator Colin Langan. Comic Book Guys is a great shop with a solid selection of modern comics, back issues and contemporary to retro comic book goodies. If you’re around Belfast, they’re well worth a visit.

Check out their website here, their facebook page here and follow them on twitter here.

 

Colin Langan at Comic Book Guys