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sarahbowieillustration:

Pulse – Irish Comics Now (as part of the Fete de la Bande Desinee), took place in Mart Firestation Rathmines on Wed 2 Mar.  Organised by Sarah Bowie (see also Lidless) on behalf of Illustrators Ireland in collaboration with The Comics Lab and Alliance Francaise de Dublin.

What an amazing night! From the pop-up comics fair, full of new indie voices, to the live comics performances and finishing up with a highly engaging interview panel.  

The live performances were a particular hit, being totally new to audiences here, and are something that we’re definitely going to look into doing more of.  The audience was treated to a range of stories, from Alan Dunne’s moving ‘Me Hands’ to Fintan Taite’s comical ‘The Ring’ (a lighthearted story drawn from life in a block of Dublin flats).

The interview panel was excellent, from Debbie Jenkinson’s overview of making it as a self-publisher, to Maura McHugh’s script-writing advice, Eoin Coveney’s breakdown of how he crafts a page, to the standout argument by Luke Healy as to why mini-comics are vital to the health of the industry.

What ‘Pulse’ shows us is that there is a large pool of established (and more excitingly) brand new talent buzzing around Dublin at the moment.  All it needs is a focus and an outlet.  We believe ‘Pulse’ has been a very positive first step towards that.  What next?

More photos and video footage to come 🙂

THANK YOU:

I’d like to extend special thanks to The Alliance Francaise for having asked us to collaborate in the first place, to Debbie Jenkinson and Margaret Anne Suggs for their help and support along the way, to Alan Dunne for the fantastic stings, to Digital Beast for putting together visuals for the live readings, to all the contributors, from the tablers to the performers to the interviewees, and finally to everyone who came and saw – Thank You!!

Pulse – Irish Comics Now (part of Fete de la Bande Desinee) was…. amaze balls!!!

This was an awesome night. I haven’t tabled at anything in almost a year so what a fantastic reintroduction to that aspect of comics.

It feels like such a fertile time for small press comics in general and it’s so encouraging that the scene here in Dublin (and indeed Ireland) is stepping up to the plate. I was blown away by the range and quality of work on display , many of them first-time exhibitors! I hope we can take the energy of events like this and run with it.

Thanks so much to Sarah Bowie for seizing the opportunity and spearheading the night!

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sarahbowieillustration:

Pulse – Irish Comics Now (as part of the Fete de la Bande Desinee), took place in Mart Firestation Rathmines on Wed 2 Mar.  Organised by Sarah Bowie (see also Lidless) on behalf of Illustrators Ireland in collaboration with The Comics Lab and Alliance Francaise de Dublin.

What an amazing night! From the pop-up comics fair, full of new indie voices, to the live comics performances and finishing up with a highly engaging interview panel.  

The live performances were a particular hit, being totally new to audiences here, and are something that we’re definitely going to look into doing more of.  The audience was treated to a range of stories, from Alan Dunne’s moving ‘Me Hands’ to Fintan Taite’s comical ‘The Ring’ (a lighthearted story drawn from life in a block of Dublin flats).

The interview panel was excellent, from Debbie Jenkinson’s overview of making it as a self-publisher, to Maura McHugh’s script-writing advice, Eoin Coveney’s breakdown of how he crafts a page, to the standout argument by Luke Healy as to why mini-comics are vital to the health of the industry.

What ‘Pulse’ shows us is that there is a large pool of established (and more excitingly) brand new talent buzzing around Dublin at the moment.  All it needs is a focus and an outlet.  We believe ‘Pulse’ has been a very positive first step towards that.  What next?

More photos and video footage to come 🙂

THANK YOU:

I’d like to extend special thanks to The Alliance Francaise for having asked us to collaborate in the first place, to Debbie Jenkinson and Margaret Anne Suggs for their help and support along the way, to Alan Dunne for the fantastic stings, to Digital Beast for putting together visuals for the live readings, to all the contributors, from the tablers to the performers to the interviewees, and finally to everyone who came and saw – Thank You!!

Pulse – Irish Comics Now (part of Fete de la Bande Desinee) was…. amaze balls!!!

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sarahbowieillustration:

You ready for our Fête de la Bande Dessinée – Comic Book Festival tomorrow and Thursday? 

Free entry! 

Full programme here: http://alliance-francaise.ie/bd/

Contributors include Stray Lines members: Debbie Jenkinson, Paddy Lynch, Matthew Melis, Elida Maiques and Sarah Bowie!

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comicsworkbook:

Hey Everyone,

This is an article on color I did for ComicsComics#2 from 2007(!) which is often used as a teaching tool. I’m posting it here because my friends keep telling me they haven’t read it. Check out the old archived site HERE. Maybe they’ll read it now. Thanks.–FS (images by Kevin Nowlan)
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Make It Loud: Comics Color, Kevin Nowlan, and Cosmic Depth

by Frank Santoro

Until the early 1990s, most color comics were produced in the same way they’ve been made for nearly one hundred years. The artist drew the comic in black-and-white and then, for the most part, provided the printer with a guide of some sort to color the comic by. These guides would have been anything from simple color sketches to hand-colored photostats or Xeroxes of the black-and-white line art. Engraving plates would be created by the printer for four different colors: red, blue, yellow, and black. In combination, and with the help of screens, these would produce a limited but comprehensive palette. There was no guarantee, however, that the vision of the artist and the reality of what came off the press would match. Photoshop did not yet exist. There was no way to preview the results.

Keep reading

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sarahbowieillustration:

Sneak peek from comic I’ll be performing live this Wed, 2 Mar at Fête de la Bande Dessinée – Comic Book Festival in Mart Firestation Rathmines.

I’ll be in good company with Fintan Taite, Alan Dunne, Chris Judge, Debbie Jenkinson, Maura McHugh and loads, loads more!

Entry FREE! Check out the programme here: http://alliance-francaise.ie/bd/

indie comics festival – French | Irish – I’m organising.  If you’re in Dublin, check it out 🙂

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lidlesscomics:

You can read the rest of it here: http://www.lidlesscomics.com/#!saucepan/lj43l

New blog for comics of Sarah Bowie

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lidlesscomics:

Delighted to be involved in organising this French | Irish indie comics festival in Dublin.  

Join the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1213976668632482/

Full programme details here: http://alliance-francaise.ie/bd/

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clavcity:

Been talking a lot these days about first take drawing. No underdrawing, no fuss, no “detailing”, no shitting – just deliberate marks on paper, then arranged into meaningful layout/narrative spreads.

I recently finished a 10 page story for the CW mag (B/W above) – made in exactly this way. I wanted to show a lot of wide natural vistas so, for ease, i used a grid of identically sized panels. This allowed me to put any drawing anywhere it needed to be for visual flow or narrative reasons. Each drawing was done with a story card construction mentality – to show what’s important in as much clarity and detail as was necessary, then move on to the next.

I also just self-published a 32 page comic, Hermit Crab Real Estate (Black/Orange above). In its original form, it suffered from a bunch of bad, literal, linearity problems during serialization, so i snatched it back and hacked the shit out of it. Every bit of new content added was a first take drawing. A deliberate, necessary image to move the story forward, or none at all. Less than half of the original content survived the editing process.

I’ve always had a tendency to overwork every single drawing, and have been consistently disappointed with the results. For me, the polish, and the mentality of polishing, were killing the work. This also led to overthinking elements of stylization to the point where they’d become barriers to reading narrative imagery clearly – style overshadowing the intent of the initial drawing.

Something to think about. Something I’ve been thinking a lot about, anyway.

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More crazy Connacht comics – Issue 3 of Argh! to download from here from the group of Galway based artists.