Posted tagged ‘Irish comics’

The Comic Cast: August 2013

August 27, 2013

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On this month’s episode of the Comic Cast we’re thrilled to welcome journalist and co-presenter of the Anti Room podcast, Anna Carey to help us review The Big Feminist BUT! anthology edited by Shannon O’Leary and Joan Reilly, Studio Ghibli’s new film From Up on Poppy Hill and WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines documentary film. We’ll also be talking to Beano cartoonist Gary Northfield about how he got into the small press scene, we’ll be finding about how illustrator Anna Fitzpatrick reached the goal for her comic book on Kickstarter several times over and we’ll be speaking to writers Maura McHugh and Lynda Rucker about a new comics forum called ‘Laydeez Do Comics’ in Dublin.

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The Comic Cast: May 2013

May 26, 2013

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On this months episode of the Comic Cast we’re joined by actor/writer Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul, Garage, Prosperity) to review James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner by Alfonso Zapico, Half Past Danger issue 1 by Stephen Mooney, Mindpuss 2 by Ronan Kennedy, Big Jim: Jim Larkin and the 1913 Lockout by Rory McConville and Paddy Lynch and Courageous Mayhem!  edited by Gar Shanley. Also on the show, we visit O’Brien Press to talk to editor Helen Carr about publishing comics in Ireland, we catch up with artist Stephen Byrne to find out how he went from The Fix Factor to the Irish Independent, Declan Shalvey tells us how he’s putting his own stamp on Marvel’s Deadpool in a forthcoming arc and we’ll be getting a tour of the French home of Galway-born illustrator Siobhán Gately.

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Shalvey / Mooney : TALK

November 28, 2012

This week Declan Shalvey (Thunderbolts, 28 Days Later, Northlanders) and Stephen Mooney (Angel, Half Past Danger) sit down for a frank, honest discussion about the comic book industry. They shed light on everything from how social media benefits comic book artists to the changes they’ve witnessed in the emerging comic book scene in Ireland.

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Prometheus: The Comic Cast says ‘Yes’

June 12, 2012

We’re just gonna come right out and say this. We liked Prometheus. Seriously. We did. And on this weeks episode of The Comic Cast we explain why. Not only that, but Thunderbolts / Northlanders artist Declan Shalvey joins us to say why he DIDN’T like it.  In comics, we review a whole host of new Irish comic books including Where’s Larry by Philip Barrett, Destination Homicide by Alan Nolan, League of Volunteers: Black Scorpion by Rob Curley and Stephen Downey, Holy Numbers by Tommie Kelly and Two Lives by John Connor and Una Gallagher. We also give our candid thoughts on Before Watchmen by Darwyn Cooke. It’s a belter of a show! Enjoy!

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Have you tried turning it off and on again?

June 14, 2010

Back in February the makers of one of our favourite shows – The IT Crowd – put out a call for any bits n’ bobs to help dress the set of the I.T. department inhabited by Moss, Roy and Jen for it’s 4th series.  The Comic Cast suggested Irish comics and when we got the nod of approval, we invited any Irish comic creators to send us their comic books. Our postman was livid. Well now Series 4 is about to hit small screens on Friday 25th June on Channel 4 so be sure to look out for comics by Philip Barrett,  John Robbins,  Luke Fallon, Hilary Lawlor, Tommie Kelly,  Declan Shalvey,  Paddy Lynch, Katie Blackwood,  Ronan Kennedy, Nick Roche, Deirdre De Barra, Gar Shanley, Cathal Duggan and Andy Brown throughout the series. And if you can’t wait that long, have a peep at the IT Basement 360°Panorama (we can spot Hilary Lawlor’s Superhilbo on Roy’s desk and Gazebo by Phil Barrett and Liam on Mosses desk!) Not only that but in the second episode (the Countdown episode from above) you’ll catch a glimpse of our very own Liam knocking about as a nerd in the background. And remember, memory is ram!

Comic Cast Capers

May 4, 2010

Much like Cheers, the Comic Cast is a place where everybody knows your name so pull up a stool at the bar and join the conversation as we review the long awaited Daniel Clowes comic – Wilson, Chew by John Layman/Rob Guillory, Black Blizzard by Yoshihiro Tatsumi and The Sword by the Luna Brothers. In Irish comics we give our verdict on Last Bus #2 by Paddy Lynch, RíRá #2 edited by Aidan Courtney and The Wren #2 by Jason Connors/Mark Kirwan. We tell it how it is re: Marvels latest big screen movie – Iron Man 2 and we also give our tuppence worth about Matt Ogens documentary film Confessions of a Superhero, not to mention a round up of all the Irish comics events happening this summer including a run-down on who’ll be appearing at the 2D Festival in Derry next month.  If all that wasn’t enough to keep you sweet, we bring you the latest on the Thor and Batman movies as well as the new Marvel iphone app, and we offer our thoughts on the ongoing attempts to have Tintin in the Congo banned in Belgium.

Download Link: The Comic Cast 04/05/10

*INCLUDES IRON MAN 2 SPOILERS, or as we like to call it – a proper review

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Flat out! An interview with Maeve Clancy

April 20, 2010

No volcano can twart us and thus the Comic Cast met up with the multi-talented artist Maeve Clancy – creator of the Dublin-based weekly web comic Flatmates. Maeve is an illustrator, animator and paper artist. Here she discusses volume 1 of the forthcoming Flatmates comic book, the process of creating a comic for the web and the making of her wonderful pop-up book featured in the music video for Lisa Hannigans’ ‘Lille’. She also talks about her work as production designer on the RTÉ comedy series Dan & Becs and her forthcoming cut paper exhibition.

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Windell Speaks: An interview with Gar Shanley & Cathal Duggan

July 7, 2009

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This week the Comic Cast sits down to have a chinwag with Gar Shanley & Cathal Duggan otherwise known as the creators of the rather hilarious satirical comic – Windell: Superhero Showcase. We discuss Shandley’s earlier comics – All Rise and Fugger, Duggan’s  recent return to drawing, their work together on The Living Proton for the GOAL comics anthology, their background in film and of course, the future of Windell comics!

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Comic Cast: Equinox

July 1, 2009

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It may be summer but the Comic Cast don’t take no holidays. We’ve spent all week reading comics and drinking sangria in the park in in order to review Fred Van Lente and Dennis Calero’s X-Men Noir, Brian Michael Bendis’ Halo: Uprising, Grant Morrison’s Final Crisis, Matt Forsythe’s ojingogo. Not to mention a veritabal feast of new Irish comics including Peter Loftus and Deirdre De Barra’s Downpour, Hilary Lawlors’ Superhilbo! #1, The Longstone Comics Anthology #2 and John Robbins’ The Monkey-Head Complaint / Inside Outsiders. We also lock heads over Terminator Salvation as well as discussing the latest comics news including BOOM! Studios new comic Die Hard: Year one with art by our very own Stephen Thompson, the triumphant return of Spiderman: Clone Saga and Spidey’s arrival on the boards of Broadway no less! So put on your shades – this one is going to be bright.

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Bob Byrne: Farewell to all that

June 8, 2009

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Bob Byrne, the Mack Daddy of Irish comics, has only up and left to sunny Spain for good! But before he left, as he packed his suitcase with sun tan and shades, the Comic Cast met up with the creator of Mr. Amperduke, Twisted Tales in 2000AD, The Shiznit and of course, MBLEH! for one final hooray to see what was on his mind as he was leaving the country. Bon voyage Mr. Byrne!

Download Link: The Comic Cast 09/06/09

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