Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Buzz Number 2

Remember Buzz comic no. 1 from last year? I got to work on some comics for the brilliant Buzz number 2 recently. In a project co-ordinated by Oonagh Young and featuring comic makers Fintan Taite, Sarah Bowie and myself we adapted stories from 6th class pupils of St.Agnes Girls and Scoil Colm Boys primary schools in Crumlin, Dublin. The stories revolved around their general lives and their feelings about growing up and progressing on to secondary school.

It was a really fun project and some terrific work resulted - have a look at some samples from Fintan here and Sarah here.

The whole thing is beautifully printed on newsprint in a format similar to Buster and Whizzer and Chips comics and the like from back in the day - the paper even goes all yellow and crispy in the sunlight!



Copies should still be available from the Lab on Foley Street in Dublin or you can send an A4 stamped addressed envelope to: Oonagh Young Gallery, 1 James Joyce Street, Dublin 1, Ireland for a copy

Below are a few of my efforts:




Many thanks to Sean Hogan for colouring assistance on 'The Knick-Knack variations'.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dice 2014 Poster

Working with the Dice creative director (and damn fine comic artist) Declan Shalvey last year I got to put together one of the posters for the 2014 Dice event. It was a lot of fun batting the ideas back and forth and tapping Declan's insight and experience for effective imagery - I was very happy with the finished result:



Here were some of the colour roughs on the way:





Friday, January 16, 2015

Comics Evening Course - Autumn 2014 work

The comics-making evening course called Visual Storytelling in Marino College, Fairview, Dublin  is happening again beginning Monday 26th January from 7-9pm and each following Monday night for 8 weeks.

More details on the course and how to sign up on this blog post.

In previous rounds of the course each participant works on their own graphic short story which is then collected into a class anthology booklet, a copy of which everyone receives in the last class.

The class of Autumn 2014 did a bunch of excellent work and each participant contributed a 4 page story. The anthology is called Pick N'Comix and  you can download and read the full booklet here (pdf 7.5mb).

Below is the cover and following that a selection of pages from the comic:


Simon the Pear - Ceili Braidwood



The Purr-fect Plan - Helen McCormack



You Come Back - Katherine Foyle



Shambles - Maria Butler




Warhorse - Rob Shiels



The Diord Fionn - Seán Hogan



A Hero Dublin Deserves - Tara Ferguson




Have a look at the work from the class of Spring 2014 here.

Comics Evening Course - Visual Storytelling - Spring 2015

The Visual Storytelling night class is happening again for Spring 2015.

It's going to be on in Marino College in Fairview, Dublin (note it's Marino College in Fairview not the one on the North Strand - see map) and will begin on Monday 26th January from 7-9pm and continue each following Monday night.



Students will learn the basics of comic storytelling and each create their own multi-page, black and white story for inclusion in a class anthology, a copy of which they will receive at the final class.

The focus will be on storytelling through words and pictures with an emphasis on personal and autobiographical work. The class does not require previous drawing experience though it will include hints and tips on cartooning, design and other related visual skills as well as information on the layout and print-production aspect of comic book creation.

Each class will include hands-on practical exercises as well as ‘homework’ for the following weeks. Materials will be provided for the first class.

The course will consist of 8 weeks of 2 hour classes. The overall cost for the course is €80. Sign-up for the course is Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th January at Marino College from 5.30-8pm. You can also reserve a place by emailing adulteducation at marino.cdetb.ie (at = @) or calling Marino college at 01 833 2100 or 01 833 9342 

More details on sign-up and the postal enrolment form at the Marino College website here.

See the work from the Autumn 2014 round of the course here.

Email me directly for any questions - philip dot barrett at gmail dot com (dot = .   at = @).

Friday, January 02, 2015

Xmas 2013 Card

Usually I post the previous years card before Christmas itself but things were just mad busy this year. Hope you had a good holiday anyway and very best wishes for 2015!




Previous cards here.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rory Mc Conville Portfolio

I did the covers and the print production stuff for this collection of stories from Rory McConville's excellent Tumblr series. He has got a bunch of different artists to illustrate his scripts. Some great stuff in there all united by Rory's slightly askew view of the world - I mean that in the best way.

Amongst other things I'll have some copies available from my table at this weekends Dice Comic Expo - come and say hola and get the book while it's hot!





Friday, September 12, 2014

Comics Evening Course - Past Work

I'll be conducting an evening course in comics-making called Visual Storytelling in Marino College, Fairview, Dublin beginning Monday 29th September from 7-9pm and each following Monday night for 8 weeks. *Commencement date updated*

More details on the course and how to sign up on this blog post.

A key component of the course is creating your own short comic story which will be printed in a class anthology, a copy of which you get at the end of the course.

Last year saw an excellent and varied selection of creators make some really great work which was collected in an anthology called 'Tales from the Gutter'. You can download the full anthology and have a read here (pdf 10mb).

Below is the cover which featured a character from each contributors story and following that a selection of pages from the comic:

Dr. Benway’s Experiments - Stephen Kennedy


Bunny and Girl - Ruth Redmond

Hero - Derek Keogh


Coins Only - Isabella von Metzradt

Trinkets of the Gods - David Murtagh


#EGGSFOREYES - AliT


Groundwork - Ken Mahon

Kith and Kin - Karen Harte


The Staff of Power - Shane Halpin


Lipstick and Bananas - Sarah Bowie