Friday, 28 February 2014

Creator Owned Day 2014

Creator Owned Day returns Wednesday 5th March 2014! The last two year's challenge saw comic creators writing and drawing up new characters, readers celebrating their favourite creator-owned series and a trending topic on Twitter.

A quick recap of the challenge details:

Create a sketch of an original character or concept and and post it on your Blog, Twitter etc on Wednesday 5th March. It should be a concept completely owned by the artist (or co-owned with the writer/collaborators permission to post).
Why? A number of reasons:
1. A lot of reader and creator focus is on characters owned by larger corporations. Let's bring a little spotlight on creating brand new, creator owned concepts.
2. Bringing a little awareness to the business side of co-creating original content. Take a look at Jeff Parker's article and follow up comments on the subject. Co-creators can take this opportunity as a little trial run, just make sure to have a mutual agreement in advance.
3. Fun! A few creators discussed the idea on Twitter and thought it was a great opportunity to create something entirely new, while bringing attention to these sketches. 
The details:
1. Create a sketch of a new character/character you own. We're doing this primarily to get our imaginations running, so a concept specifically created for Creator Owned Day is probably ideal. It should NOT be a character owned by either a company eg. Marvel's Wolverine, OR owned by other creators e.g. Todd McFarlane's Spawn. It also shouldn't take distinct features from characters owned by others e.g. Wolverspawn You must own the character.
2. Post it on your blog, or Facebook, Twitter etc.
3. Share your post using the Twitter hashtag #CreatorOwnedDay.
4. Help us spread the word by retweeting your favourite new characters.

Let's see what we can come up with!

You can follow Creator Owned Day or my own account on Twitter to see retweets of the best from the day. Click the #CreatorOwnedDay Hashtag and flick through the photos for highlights from the last two years did you need a little inspiration.

Friday, 14 February 2014

The Big Update

It's been a while since I updated the blog, so this may be a bit of an info dump. I have some ideas I want to write up, so hopefully posts will become a little more regular. For now...


I'm flying over to Maidenhead, Kent this weekend for DemonCon on Sunday 16th February. I've been invited to attend the annual show for a few years now, after meeting organiser Graham Beadle and his son at a con, but have never really been able to justify the travel expense. The stars aligned this year thanks to Graham's guest sponsorship, generosity and an Easyjet sale. There are really interesting guests and friends attending, so I'm really looking forward to the event.


Jennifer Wilde has gone global! #1 is now available digitally on all good Apple and Android tablets and phones via the Comixology app. Rob Curley and I spent a good bit of time setting up the Comixology account, and it's great to see Jennifer available all over the world. #1 is a bargain at $0.99/£0.69

Digital distribution is already finding us a new audience. #1 was featured as New & Newsworthy by the folks at Comixology and we've had a really lovely review from Graig Kent over at his Thor's Hammer review blog 


I talk to David Ferguson over at Irish Comic News about my work at Atomic Diner, including some previously unrevealed concept art for the Legion Britannia and the cover to Noe #2.

I also talked to the guys at the 2D cast in their 2013 Year in Review. I think I talk about February and the launch of Noe #1, but the whole episode is definitely worth a listen, and works as a great summary of the Irish comic scene.


I have a 3 page strip in the latest edition of kid's Irish language comic Ri Ra #4. It continues the story of Bliain a Haon, following the fears and trepidations of a boy's first year in secondary school. This is the 3rd Bliain a Haon story, if it keeps up, I'll have enough material to fill a collection.


After a few detours to wrap up Jennifer Wilde, Noe The Savage Boy #2 is on the way to the printers. I'm laying out #3 right now, so it shouldn't be too long until Noe's Origin is concluded. 

I also have an upcoming gig working on a big established property, so stay tuned for more on that soon...

Noe The Savage Boy #2, Pg 1

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Thought Bubble 2013 (and DICE Sketches)!

I'll be at Thought Bubble this coming weekend, 22nd - 24th November. It's my only English convention of 2013, so looking forward to catching up with the UK comic scene. You can find me at table 120 New Dock Hall, sharing with those other Irish rouges, Lightning Strikes Comics, and wedged between my partners-in-crime Cy Dethan/Nic Wilkinson and artist extraordinaries Dave Strokes/Marc Laming.

I'll be drawing a limited number of sketches over the weekend, but I'll start up a small pre-order list that I will draw over the weekend:

£15 for a character head sketch
£30 pre-order price for full body sketch (£40 on the day)
£30 for Sketch + 6 Comicbook bundle (Jennifer Wilde 1-3, Wilde Hunt, Noe #1, Black Scorpion)

Send an email to stephen [@] to pre-order

Here's a load of sketches from DICE a few months back, so you know what to expect (taken with my iPad, so apologies for the photo quality):


We're also launching Jennifer Wilde: The Wilde in the UK, written by Young Adult Author Kaz Mahoney! Come get your mitts on it!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

STAILC - TG4 Documentary 30th October

I've been working on some comic pages for a STAILC, a documentary directed by Brian Gray recounting the events of Big Jim Larkin and the 1913 Lockout.

The people at Esras films and Design for Life have done some lovely post production work on my layered artwork. There's a trailer for the documentary below and you can see how the artwork merges with the actors around 35 seconds in. 

The documentary airs tomorrow night, 30th October at 21:30 on TG4.

If you're not in the south of Ireland, you may be able to access the livestream on the TG4 Player.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

DICE Sketch Pre-orders

I'm opening up a list of A4 sketch commission pre-orders for DICE.

Character head sketch - €15
Full figure/elaborate sketch - €40 pre-order (€50 over the weekend)
Comic Bundle: Jennifer Wilde 1-3, Wilde Hunt, Noe #1 & Head sketch) - €25

Contact me stephen [@] to be added to the list.

Here is some examples of what you can expect from previous cons:

Cyclops, Wolverine v Deadpool 
(Enquire via email for multiple character price)


Booster Gold




Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Con Schedule

It feels like a while since I've been to a proper comics convention. The 4-cons-in-5-weeks burnout of 2012 really left me exhausted, but I'm making up for event months with a healthily spaced out 3-cons -in-3-months. 

D.I.C.E 28th-29th September

First up, I'm a guest at D.I.C.E this year. Dundrum's finest comic convention. The guys from The Big Bang comic store has really pulled in some great local and overseas guests, including marvel talent scout C.B Cebulski and Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson. If you're an aspiring Irish comic artist, you really should make the time for this con. 

Octocon 12th-13th October

Octocon is the long-running National Irish Science Fiction Convention. I always hear good things about the convention, but this is the first year I'll be able to attend. I've been invited along as a guest and have confirmed on 2 panels 

11:00 Sun - Abbey - Cinematic
Has cinematography over influenced other visual media, and what can cinema learn from Comics and Video Games

16:00 Sun - Pavillion - Video Games and Comics - How the two media overlap, and how they inform each other.   

Thought Bubble Leeds 23rd-24th November 

I'll be flying over and setting up as an exhibitor at Thought Bubble again this year. It's my only overseas convention this year, so hoping to meet up with a lot the UK comics scene. I'll be sharing a table with Dan McDaid, so come along and say 'Hi'. 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Belfast Comicbook Workshops

Following on from successful comic book creation workshop in Derry last month, I have several more lined up in the coming months. 

The first is a 4 week course with Cinemagic, the details below:
Cinemagic Film Festival
The Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People invites you to join in an exciting and innovative creative opportunity in Belfast this summer! With support from Belfast City Council Arts & Heritage Funding, Cinemagic’s “Drawn In” project will teach 30 young people, aged 16-25, the skills required to get started in the competitive comic book industry!
From August to September, participants will attend four workshops hosted by industry professionals Mal Coney (The Darkness, Holy Cross) and Stephen Downey (Torchwood, Jennifer Wilde) before creating their own individual 1-page comic strips. The completed comics will then be collated and released digitally online and showcased in an event as part of Cinemagic’s festival activities in 2013/14.
The four workshops will give participants an excellent insight to writing, pencilling, colouring and lettering, and ultimately give them a chance to practice their new skills and produce work for their own portfolios.
Participation in the project is free of charge and art supplies will be provided but please note, attendance at all workshops is compulsory.
 Workshops will take place on 6-9pm Monday evenings from August 19th – September 9th!
To apply, please contact Sean Boyle and for further information please contact the Cinemagic office on 02890 311900. Places are limited so apply quickly to avoid disappointment!

In the midst of this, Andy Luke and I are returning for our 3rd Bounce! ADF workshop on the 31st August. The Arts and Disability Forum Bounce! Festival showcases and specialises on art and talent from people with disabilities. The one-day workshop is again free and people with all levels of ability are welcome.

Comix WorkshopGrand Opera House • 31st August 1pm – 4pm
With Andy Luke and Stephen Downey. The workshop is free – please book in advance via ADF.
Captioning, audio description and BSL available.
Web:    E:    Tel: 028 9023 9450
Tickets from Grand Opera House
Online:    By phone: 028 9024 1919

Come along to one, why don't you?