151. Blowing Bubbles
Monday — May 19th, 2014

151. Blowing Bubbles

Hello! How have ye been?

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Me on the Tubridy show!

I was on the Tubridy show on 2FM this morning talking a bit about my work for the Beano and some other bits and pieces.  A pretty cool experience all in all, pleasantly surprised to learn RT is an Oink! fan :)

Here’s a link to the segment if you’re interested:

 

ReeRaw 5

Issue 5 of the Irish language anthology RíRá is out and I’ve got a three page story in it! Here’s the first page:

Page One

Click to embiggen!

Apart from yours truly it features a raft of great-looking schtuff from Irish comic talents including Phil Barrett, Eoin Ryan, Fintan Taite, Maeve Clancy, Bob Byrne & loads more.  Well worth checking out.

It’s published for school-age  kids, so if you know a kid learning the language, or even just interested in it, it’ll make a great gift!  You can get it in newsagents throughout the country, and it’s available on Kindle and iPad and for online purchase too – check it out here.

I’ll put up an English language version of my contribution on this site in the new year so look out for that!

Le grá,

Al

Issue 5 Cover

Mr. Blob

Threw this together inspired by my two-year old’s favourite bed-time stories. Every time I read one to him, this image popped into my head.  Might actually put together a little story in the original style for fun (as a loving homage, Hargreaves estate legal squad)!

100% Dundee

First things first (in case you missed it on the Facebook page) – I’m in The Beano! :D

This is a bit of a dream come true, and goes part of the way to explaining why there’s been little or no activity on this site for a while.  If you’re in the UK or Ireland (and possibly elsewhere, I’m not sure…) why not pick up a copy and check out the mini-strip I’ve got running for the next six weeks starring ‘Danny Diddly O’Donoghue’; it’s a leprechaun-themed parody of rock-star incongruence told via the 3-panel medium! I’ll be doing a few more things for them after that as well too :)

If you’ve got young people in your life, you could do a lot worse than gifting them a copy of the comic – while its new direction may have upped the pop-culture references, it still retains its humour and trademark mildly anarchic charm.  All the old characters are still there, and some have been given timely makeovers to bring them more into the 21st Century – in particular Jamie Smart’s hilarious and energetic reboot of Rodger the Dodger (who seemed weirdly anachronistic even back in the 80s when I was a kid), and Alexander Matthews’ fantastic re-imagining of Ball Boy.

In the meantime, Faraday lives on in my sketchbooks, forever threatening to make a return.  I don’t feel like this site is moribund, or even on hiatus – life moves at such a fast pace that sometimes even I get a shock when I realise the last ‘new’ Faraday was in December last year!  Faraday is a labour of love, and each strip takes a bit of time to produce from script to screen – so I’ve decided to launch a sister-site (EmbassyofMars.com – don’t look, there’s nothing there at the moment!) asap where I can put sketches and non-Faraday stuff including the B&W comics  that appear on this site as ‘intermissions’.  There’ll be a proper announcement when it’s up and running & I promise I’ll do my best to get something going again here soon!

Cheers all,

Alan