Friday, January 12, 2018

Homegrown heroes of comicbook art in Portlaoise exhibition



Homegrown heroes of comicbook art in Portlaoise exhibition

UP AND COMING TALENT AT LOCAL COMIC STORE


Ryan Dunne
Ryan Dunne
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ryan@leinsterexpress.ie


Batman

An exhibition of artwork by up and coming local talents in the colourful world of comicbooks and graphic novels will be held in Portlaoise this weekend, at the Celtic Comics store on Railway Street.
This pop art exhibition takes place on Saturday, January 13, but there’s still a chance for anyone who enjoys sketching superheroes in their spare time to drop in a sample of their work for inclusion in the event.
Six local artists will be chosen from the exhibition to appear on a newcomer panel at Celtic Con Comic Convention in June, highlighting emerging new comicbook and creative talent. The comic convention takes place at O’Loughlins Hotel for two days over the weekend of June 23/24.
The selection process on Saturday will be done by two of the guest artists expected to appear at this year’s Celtic Con.
David Butler is one of the judges, illustrator of the recent graphic novel ‘Shackleton - The Voyage of the James Caird’, which tells the tale of Ernest Shackleton’s dream to cross the Antarctic only for the journey to become a desperate fight to save the twenty-seven souls that set sail with him.
Also lending his expert eye to the artwork on display will be Gareth Luby, who has just been nominated for best Irish published artist, by Irish Comic News.
Anyone interested still has time to leave three A4 drawings, sketches or prints into the shop, and judging will take place on Saturday from 2pm.
Excelsior!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Celtic Con Irelands Midland Comic Convention


Comic Panel Mike Carroll (Judge Dredd, 2000ad), Tony Roche (Heroes Unlimited), Nigel Flood (Punt Press), Alan Nolan (The O'Brien Press), Ben Hennessey (Carrie & Rufus), and David Butler (The Collins Press).









Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ireland’s Military Conference.

Ireland’s Military Conference.

Friday 9th June, 2017 - Sunday 11th June, 2017

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Ireland has a long, proud military tradition. The aim of this inaugural seminar is to look at all aspects of Irish military history, drawing chiefly on events and personnel from within our nation’s past.
Great episodes in Ireland’s history are intermingled with escapades in far-off places like Vietnam, the Balkans and the African continent.
Topics: WWI and WWII; 1798 Rebellion; American Civil War; Vietnam War; Irish Civil War in Dublin; The Fenians; Thomas Ashe (100th Anniversary of his death); Luftwaffe POWs; Jadotville, the Congo and Beyond; Massacre at Mullaghmast – A Game of Thrones!
Friday 9 June: Opening event and book launch followed by documentary film and panel discussion on Ireland’s peacekeepers.
Saturday 10 June: Full day of presentations and Irish Military Vehicles Group indoor militaria display.
Sunday 11 June: Site visit to Mullaghmast with archaeologist Noel Dunne and Griese Youth Theatre performance.
Speakers include: Helen Litton, John Dorney, Lar Joye, Dan Harvey, James Durney, Declan Power, Justin Horgan, Wesley Bourke, Kenneth Dawson, Dr. Helene O’Keeffe and Maurice O’Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore.
Hosted by Kildare County Council and the County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee, in association with June Fest, Ireland’s Military Story and Merrion Press.
Free Admission but booking essential via Riverbank Arts Centre Box Office
Full details on: www.kildare.ie/ehistory


Monday, June 5, 2017

SEAFEST 2017 Galway Thursday 15th June


Galway Thursday 15th June 2017 in conjunction with Seafest the National University of Ireland, Galway, the Norwegian Embassy Ireland and the Athy Heritage Centre Museum-Shackleton Museum.
Part of the Roald Amundsen exhibit “Cold Recall: Reflections of a Polar Explorer” – a travelling poster exhibit that presents images from one of the greatest adventures of the early 20th century: the race to the South Pole.
The exhibit will be on display from 8th June – 8th July in the
O’Donoghue Building, NUI Galway.
The exhibit will also include exhibits on Ernest Shackleton courtesy of Athy Heritage Centre and the Shackleton family.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Celtic Con Irelands Midland Comic Convention

Press Release: Celtic Con


At Celtic Con we have a host of fun interactive and exciting attractions including COMIC VILLAGE, GEEK MARKET, GAMING ZONE, ALL DAY COSPLAY, ART COMPS AND SOME FANTASTIC GUESTS
Before the Marvel Universe, there was celtic mythology, which had its roots in the midlands of Ireland. No wonder, then, that the old Celtic heartland of the midlands loves comics, cosplay and drama.
This year’s Celtic Con, in the ancient and wonderful midlands, will bring communities of comic lovers to life as people fill the venue in their outstanding Cosplay, There will be a geek market selling all the nerdy merchandise you need, while your gaming heart’s desires will be fulfilled in the gaming zone, which itself will be full of retro, recent, and independent games.

Of course, the main stage will be where it’s really at; a highlight will surely be Mike Carroll, who is best known (and worshipped) for writing Judge Dredd stories. He’s a big cheese when it comes to graphic storytelling, so if you ever hope to scale the exhilarating heights of the Marvel, DC, 2000AD and Dark Horse Universe, you should settle into a seat in the front row.
In addition, this year’s Celtic Con is on the hunt for a new mascot, so get your pencils sharpened and a thinking cap on…
Checkout the website for more details – www.celticcon.com