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November 22 2011

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Over at Metropoppyfield, a new comic by Chris Reynolds to download: "After Third Stage and Planetfall I thought I'd like to do another "Monitor in Space" type of story. But this time, in place of Planetfall's hardware of 'childhood wonder', I thought I'd use spacecraft more in the line of Apollo and Space Shuttle technology - as if those designs had carried on for just a few more years." - Chris Reynolds

# Posted by John Robbins
November 16 2011

Thoughtbubble is this weekend in Leeds (there's events running this week in the lead-up too), and you can see whats on HERE

# Posted by Dan Fish1000

'Ashes', by Alex de Campi and Jimmy Broxton is half-way towards being funded. It sounds great, and if like me you want this on your shelf, preorder now!

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
November 9 2011

Box of Delights - Final Front Cover

Aeon Press, book-publishing arm of Albedo One magazine - and Ireland's only dedicated publisher of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror - has recently launched two new collections (at Octocon and at Bristolcon): Box of Delights, edited by John Kenny; and Transtories, edited by Colin Harvey. Print and pdf copies of the titles are now available at Albedo One. (Me, I've read Box Of Delights and particularly loved Priya Sharma's The Show - a flawlessly crafted story, which generates some chilling anticipation. Enticingly, the same author features in Transtories.)

# Posted by John Robbins

Teares of Ireland on Irish Comics Wiki, wherein is lively presented, as in a map, a list of the unheard of cruelties and perfidious Treacheries of blood-thirsty Jesuits and the Popish Faction: as a warning piece to her sister nations to prevent the like miseries...

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November 8 2011

Andy Luke's and Carl Boyle's short documentary on Belfast comics creators features interviews with Paddy Brown, PJ Holden, Davey Francis and others, and provides a window onto Northern Ireland's comics scene, past and present.

# Posted by John Robbins
November 2 2011

Over at Irish Comic News, David O'Leary flashes a spotlight on the winners of the inaugural ICN Awards:

BEST SELF PUBLISHED IRISH ARTIST: Alan Nolan

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Alan is the co-creator of the popular Sancho with Ian Whelan. Alan had a breakout 2011 with O’Brien Press with three original books aimed at a younger audience. Death by Chocolate was followed in October by Six Million Ways To Die in the Murder Can Be Fatal Series. The Big Break Detectives was also released in October. Nominated for five awards in this years nominations, the Wicklow native walked away with Best Self Published Irish Artist.


BEST SELF PUBLISHED IRISH WRITER: Mike Lynch
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The County Clare based writer is the co-creator of Blackstar which launched in the pages of Irish language anthology Rira. Most recently seen in print in Uproar Comics Zombies Hi! #3, the Eagle Award nominated Lynch has a full slate for 2012 that will include work in Zarjaz, Nestor and Wire & Gas among others.


BEST MAINSTREAM PUBLISHED IRISH ARTIST: Nick Roche

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Nick is of course best known for his extensive work in the Transformers universe. A regular contributor to the Eclectic Micks blog, Nick is no stranger to licensed work following work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Doctor Who. He won this category having run neck and neck with our runner-up right until the end of voting.


BEST MAINSTREAM PUBLISHED IRISH WRITER: Garth Ennis

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Perhaps Ireland’s best known comic creator export. Ennis’ name is legendary in comic circles worldwide. Having struck gold with his Vertigo Comics opus Preacher, Ennis did it again with DC’s The Boys which moved to Dynamite Entertainment early on in its run. Having worked on everything from the Punisher to Hellblazer, he has an extensive back catalogue in the war genre and a number of creator owned books at Avatar Press.


BEST IRISH WEBCOMIC: The Cattle Raid of Cooley

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Paddy Brown’s continuing web comic which is part of the Ulster Cycle series, chronicles the fabled Irish epic and running almost continuously since August 2008, it won in a category where any one of four could have nicked the title.


BEST IRISH SELF PUBLISHED COMIC: League of Volunteers

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The launch issue of Atomic Diner’s heralded in a whole new era in Irish comic publishing with the aim of realising a shared Irish superhero universe. Written by Atomic Diner chief Rob Curley and art by Barry Keegan, the book hit a ton of critical acclaim and commercial success.


BEST IRISH CREATOR MAINSTREAM PUBLISHED COMIC: Thunderbolts

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Written by Jeff Parker and rotating art by Kev Walker and Declan Shalvey, the continuing adventures of one of Marvel Comic’s favourite super hero teams holds a fond place in many fans reading lists with its mix of excellent writing and arresting visuals.


BEST IRISH COMIC RELATED BLOG or PODCAST: The Pubcast

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Hosted by Simon and Wayne and Graham and recorded in a pub somewhere inDublin weekly to talk all things geek like, this was another category that went close to being decided by a few votes.


BEST IRISH COMIC SHOP: Dublin City Comics

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The first winner of the Best Comic Shop category is based on Bolton Street in Dublin. Renowned for its friendly atmosphere and its ‘Geekeasy’ it will have a job on its hands to keep the title next year in a category where once more the result was very close.


OVERALL BEST IRISH COMIC: League of Volunteers

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Winner of two categories for the Atomic Diner property is no mean achievement. With two issues printed and a vital part of the overall vision by Rob Curley, this book is deserving of the title of Overall Best Irish Comic.


HALL OF FAME (individual): Garth Ennis

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It seems fitting that out first inductee to the ICN Hall of Fame is our most famous export. A standard-bearer for all who have come after him, Garth Ennis’ name is synonymous with quality comics.


HALL OF FAME (comic): Mister Amperduke

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Bob Byrne’s acclaimed silent 2000 panel epic story is a landmark in comic storytelling. Lauded in many circles as a great achievement, it is a worthy entrant to the first Hall of Fame Comic category.

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