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December 18 2013

Bob Byrne: I´ve given people´s attitudes to creativity and learning a lot of thought during my hibernation in Spain and have boiled it down into a presentation on the new site. It starts by me answering ´when did you start drawing?´ with the inevitable reply:


Fittingly for a 2000AD creator, Bob Byrne provides a good jumping-on point for those readers new to his online whoring.

# Posted by John Robbins
December 14 2013

irish comics - 2013

At Irish Comic News, David O'Leary casts a light back across Irish independent comics released in 2013.

The Year That Was, Part 1
The Year That Was, Part 2
The Year That Was, Part 3
The Year That Was, Part 4

# Posted by John Robbins
December 11 2013


THEM, Tommie Kelly's metaphysical examination of a damaged individual's struggle to establish a foothold in life, is available free in PDF format for a limited time at tommiekelly.com.

My feeling is that Tommie's fine-tuned sequential storytelling is hindered a little by an excess of maudlin intimacy in overstated scripting, but with this scripting an authorial presence imparts a tense cathartic urgency, which adds another dimension to the comic. Actually, this is the antithesis of those cute, deceptively aimless comics that are always doing-the-rounds online - in THEM, earnest ambition fuels the portrayal of a conflict between a philosophy of futility and the resilience of the human spirit. Vitally, the universality of THEM's themes - the protagonist's emotional responses are distorted in the prism of chemical despair - make it an affecting, resonant read.

# Posted by John Robbins


24 pages and counting, Rob Jackson's funny comic Bradley The Tea Leaf (a league of extraordinarily random objects) is a thing of beauty.

# Posted by John Robbins
December 8 2013


Holy Numbers! Tommie Kelly presents something wonderful for sale not far down the information superhighway: The Christmas Bundle - 8 digital comic PDFs optimized for tablet reading. Pay what you want!


# Posted by John Robbins
December 1 2013


More candle-lit than flare-lit - Dave Huxley’s other-wordly back-cover for RhiZome #2. The anthology is due for release in early-2014. Keep up-to-date at the Rhizome tumblr.

# Posted by John Robbins