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Pulse – Irish Comics Now (video by Orla McNelis)

Illustrators Ireland, together with the Alliance Française and The Comics Lab hosted an indie comics festival in Mart Rathmines on 2 March.  It ran as part of Fete de la Bande Desinee, which included a comics art exhibition and a talk by French cartoonist,Tito.

The first night (shown in this video) included comics fair, live readings and interviews.

Live readings by Sarah Bowie, Alan Dunne, Chris Judge, Paddy
Lynch, Alé Mercado, Fintan Taite, Liam Geraghty
Interviews and Q&A with Eoin Coveney, Luke Healy, Debbie Jenkinson,
Maura McHugh

Music a Tout a L’heure by Bibio

Many thanks to Orla McNelis for this super video of night one of the comics festival!



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 🙂


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!!!



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

Free entry! 

Full programme here:

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



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:

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


Calling all Comics Creators!

IGI (Illustrators Guild of Ireland) and The Comics Lab are joining forces withAlliance Française de Dublin to hold a ‘Festival of Comics’ on 2 – 3 Mar 2016. We’ll be sharing full programme details with you closer to the time, but for now, we want to invite you to take part in our Pop-Up Comics Fair, which will be taking place during the festival.

Why: The aim of the comics fair is to showcase indie Irish comics talent to a new audience. The Festival is open to members of the public, and we expect a sizeable contingent from the Alliance Francaise network, along with visiting French cartoonist Tito.

How it’s going to work: There will be no fee to take part, and no commission taken on sales. Rather than separate tables, vendors will share a couple of long benches. The fair will be happening alongside a number of other comics-related events. The fair will take place in The Liquor Rooms on the evening of Wed, 2 Mar. It may run for a second night on Thur, 3 Mar in the Alliance Francaise, but this is subject to confirmation.

What to sell: Why comics and zines of course! This can be existing or new work. We encourage you to use this as an opportunity to finally do that comic you’ve been meaning to do all year but haven’t. If you don’t have much time, make it small. Just make it.

How to book: Email us at and simply confirm that you would like to take part. While we hope to accommodate everyone who applies, we have a limited amount of space, so priority will be given to Illustrators Ireland, Comics Lab and Dublin Comic Jam members.


November’s Comics Lab brings you three great speakers: Matthew Melis of Non-Gravity comics who will share some of his process; Kerrie Smith, author and letterer extraordinaire will share some of her tips for excellent lettering, and Eoin Marron will do an inspiring book review. We’ll be fitting in some drawing exercises too, not to mention cocktails, news and biscuits.  Thanks to Sophie Spendel for our fantastic poster!

Also, we’ll be announcing details of a very exciting event that we would love you all to take part in…. come along on the night to find out more!!

The Comics Lab is an informal space to explore story-telling with text and images brought to you by Stray Lines.

Tickets can be booked here for €2.50 or else €4.00 on the night.



For those of you based in Dublin: October’s Comics Lab brings you three great speakers: Dearbhla Kelly, Spirit of Folk designer, who will share some of her process, focusing especially on her character design work for the recent festival; Clare Foley, creator of La Grande Breteche, her online comic, will show us her process with water colours, and Sophie Spendel will do an inspiring book review. We’ll be fitting in some drawing exercises too, not to mention cocktails, news and biscuits.

Book online for our supersaver price of €2.50 or pay €4.00 on the night. See you there!

This month’s poster is thanks to the very talented Eoin Marron – thanks Eoin!

The Comics Lab, facilitated and delivered by Sarah Bowie and Debbie Jenkinson, is brought to you by Stray Lines, a comics collective in Dublin, which aims to incubate talent and stimulate the comics industry in Ireland. Read more about what we do here. 

Date for the diaries guys – next month’s Comics Lab is 13-October. It promises to be a good ‘un 🙂



Experiment – a zine showcasing talent from the Dublin indie comic scene.  You can read it here for free:

Curated by Debbie Jenkinson and Sarah Bowie of the Stray Lines collective.



This is my submission for The Comics Lab’s first anthology, which we’ll be launching at ComicCity Festival in Derry this weekend.  It’ll be available online soon too.  Can’t wait!


Our zine, Experiment, hot off the press!
Spreads by Eoin Marron and Philip Isard, Karen Harte and Matthew Shiell

It’s great – a lovely symbol of our Comics Lab community. Many thanks to all our contributors!

Come and get your copy at the next lab – we’ll also be publishing it online.

(Photos by Debbie Jenkinson)