I love comics: that is are where all my interests in text and image, in narrative and character intersect. It’s not like it’s easy to do, but there is a true feeling of rightness when you are doing something which gives you a place in the world, 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 highly enough; it was 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 am still absorbing everything we covered there, some years later.
This year, 2014, I have connected with the Irish comic maker contingent, at Laydeeez do comics Dublin, led by Maura McHugh and Linda E Rucker, and am setting up a stall in the Dublin Zine Fair this summer with Sarah Bracken and Andrea Byrne. It is very encouraging to meet such like-minded people nearer to home, this time.