I love comics – it’s where my interests in text and image, narrative and character intersect. It’s hard to make a comic, but so absorbing! It feels right to me. Making comics give me a voice, a view-point, a lens through which to see the world.
I spent 3 weeks in 2010 on residency in Florida in the Atlantic Center for the Arts, near New Smyrna Beach. I couldn’t recommend it too highly; it was (honestly, no exaggeration) a genuinely life-changing event for me. We worked with our brilliant and inspiring mentor, Svetlana Chmakova, and alongside Paul Pope and Craig Thompson, doing workshops, working on stories with editors from publishing houses, watching movies, talking about all genres of comics. I still make use of everything we covered there, some years later.
In 2014, I connected with the Irish comic maker contingent, joined Stray Lines Comics Collective, co-founded The Comics Lab in 2015. The Lab now runs at part of DCAF, the quarterly comics fair. Stray Lines make anthologies, present live readings, and run workshops. Our mission is to foster a vibrant Irish comics community.