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At 9pm on this semi-cold February evening, I left my warm house after a warm dinner to come and join the assembled collective of artists, writers and getters-of-sugar-and-all-things-sustaining,

Home made cookies!

all conspiring together in Aras na MacLeinn to produce a many paged behemoth of great importance to the comic book world: The ComicSoc/ArtSoc 24 hour comic. Expecting a wholely collaborative effort, I was greeted by not one, not two or even three, but four separate stories. The workhorses of Giorgio and Matteo Franzoni,

More sketch!

Leigh Ashmore, Donal Fallon and Gerard Coady all stuck together in the warmest room of the building, burning pages and pencils like it were going out of fashion. Hanging in there keeping them all company was an assemblage of girlfriends, committee members and plain ‘ol ComicSoc members, all here to bear witness to one of the most awesome undertakings

Scribble Ahoy!

ever undertaken by a group of non-undertakers. I look around and on the splayed pages I can witness artworks containing Batman, H.P. Lovecraft, ballet dancers and Dungeons & Dragons, not to mention an elephant or two. The smell of freshly created comic books is fetid in the air. It overpowers the nostrils, in a particularly fantastical way.

Sketchy sketch sketch sketch

So why are a good portion of ComicSoc spending their night in the Aras Na MacLeinn? Why, simply to partake in one of the greatest challenges a comic book fan can be a party to: Create a 24 page comic book in 24 hours or under. For those of you who aren’t sure, here are the rules:

  1. The comic must be 24 pages long.
  2. The comic must be completed in 24 continuous hours or less.
  3. Proof-reading will also need to take place within the 24 hours.
  4. No sketches, designs or plot summaries or any other form of direct planning can precede the chosen 24-hr comic creation period.
  5. Indirect planning such as reference materials, assembling tools and refreshments are fine.
  6. Any page, no matter the size or material, is fine.
  7. The 24 hours are continuous. You can take a break, but the clock will keep on ticking.

So there you have it. 5 creators. 15 hours remaining. Go go ComicSoc Rangers….(yes I did)


See you back here for the results.
Til next time, do-gooders!

Also, this year’s Lunatic Fringe is on sale! Available now for the princely sum of €3 from the Socs Box or your local friendly neighbourhood ArtSoc member….


The wonderful and lovely (not SHOUTING. never SHOUTING) Matt Burke came to visit ComicSoc’s Monday meeting tonight, and schooled us all in a world of comic books (most of us) had unheard of – til now. We hope very shortly to have Matt’s mellifluous tones and accompanying presentation online for you all to see and hear, but in the mean time, here’s his list:

And now….the presentation:

James Hardiman Library – Comic Reading List

Posted: September 19, 2011 by comicbooksociety in Committee Contribution, Reading List

This literally just in. Eoin Butler Thornton, being the fearless discoverer of information that is required of him, recently discovered a small amount of essential comic book reading material available in the library. Here follows a short list

Alan Moore & Dave GibbonsWatchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons:
This graphic novel is perhaps one of the most influential graphic novels of all time and the only one to make it on to the Times 100 Best Books of the 20th Century.

Link to Library Availability Page



Batman: Year One, Frank Miller & Dave Mazzuchelli:
An essential starting point for wannabe contemporary Batman Fans, follows Miller’s reinvention of a darker, more realistic Gotham. Fans of Batman Begins may see comparisons.

Link to Library Availability Page



Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller:
Miller’s original reinvention of the Batman universe shows Batman coming out of retirement to combat new threats to Gotham.

Currently on order



A Contract With God
, Will Eisner:
Often dubbed the first graphic novel ever written, this book will never let you forget the address 55 Dropsie Avenue with its simple stories of human life in the pre-war Bronx.

Link to Library Availability Page



Blankets, Craig Thompson:
This simple story of childhood, growing up and a first love showcases a perfect synthesis between words and pictures. Highly recommended.
Also recommended reading, a review of Blankets from our former auditor, Matt Burke – LINK!

Link to Library Availability Page

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
, Chris Ware:
This graphic novel tells the story of a father and son and what a little courage can do to a seemingly desperate and awkward separated family.

Link to Library Availability Page


V for Vendetta, Alan Moore & David Lloyd:
This political thriller, massively different to the simplified and sanitised movie adaptation, dwells on Anarchism Vs Fascism and was a response to the Thatcherism that ruled in Britain at the time of its publishing.

Link to Library Availabilty Page






Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi:
This book is the equivalent of The Diary of Anne Frank for Tehran during the Iran-Iraq War. Only Book 1 is available.

Link to Library Availability Page



One Bad Rat
, Bryan Talbot:
A young girl runs away from home and follows the path of her favourite author, Beatrix Potter.

Link to Library Availability Page



Logicomix: An Epic
Search For Truth, Apostolos Doxiadis & Christos Papdimitriou & Alecos Papadatos:
This graphic novel focuses on Bertrand Russel and the struggle for the so-called ‘’foundational quest’’ in Mathematics.

Link to Library Availability Page


Jar Of Fools, Jason Lutes:
This is the story of a down-and-out magician who struggles to get his life back on track after the drowning of his escapist brother.

Link to Library Availability Page



Ghost World
, Daniel Clowes:
What happens when a friendship becomes so close, exclusive and insular that those involved start shutting themselves off from everyone else?

Link to Library Availability Page


Sin City: Chapter IV – That Yellow Bastard
, Frank Miller:
It is what you think it is.

Link to Library Availability Page




Hard Boiled, Frank Miller & Geoff Darrow:
Think Blade Runner, but on lotsa lotsa steroids.

Link to Library Availability Page 




Also, some great books on Comic Books:

Comics And Sequential Art, Will Eisner. – Library Location

Understanding Comics, The Invisible Art – Library Location
Making Comics – Library Location
Reinventing ComicsLibrary Location
All by Scott McCloud.

This has been brought to you, the reader, as part of a new continuing series of reading lists. Personally, I’m running out to grab Hard Boiled first, just one of you try and stop me!