Illustrators Ireland, together with the Alliance Française Dublin and The Comics Lab, is delighted to bring you a two day festival of comic books from the Irish and francophone community.

Join us for this exciting opportunity to discover new voices and learn from leading professionals in Ireland and France. Here’s what’s happening:

Wednesday 2 March, 6.30pm

Thursday 3 March, 6.30pm

Pulse - Irish Comics Now

An evening with Tito

Mart Firestation
190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6

Exhibition Launch


Alliance Française
1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Pulse takes a snapshot of what’s happening in
Irish comics right now
. From small-press to mainstream,
from indie to industry, we’ve got it covered. Some of the
evening’s highlights include:

Pop-up comics fair - For one night only, immerse
yourself in a selection of indie comics from over 40
Irish-based comics creators. Grab a beer, have a read
and chat to the creators in the great open space of
the old Firestation.

Live readings - Join us in the intimate upstairs
Gallery 2 space and watch as six artists bring their
comics to life with live-readings, visuals and sound
effects. Performers are:
Sarah Bowie, Alan Dunne, Chris Judge, Paddy
Lynch, Alé Mercado, Fintan Taite, Liam Geraghty

Interviews + Q&A - Get into the nuts and bolts of
how these ladies and gents do what they do. We’ve got
a cross-section of the community to talk about their
process and answer your questions:
Eoin Coveney, Luke Healy, Debbie Jenkinson,
Maura McHugh


- Join us for the second night of the festival,
which treats us to a rare opportunity to hear Tito,
the famous French-based comics artist, talk about his
long career and works such as Le choix d'Ivana and
the Tendre Banlieue series

Exhibition launch - Also on the night will be
the launch of a new comics art exhibition, featuring work
from Illustrators Ireland members as well as artists from
the wider comics community.

RSVP by Wednesday 24 February


Sarah Bowie     website  |  twitter



Sarah Bowie is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist.  She is a founding member of The Comics Lab, a monthly comics salon which aims to develop a vibrant alternative comics scene in Dublin.  She is an active member of the Illustrator’s Guild of Ireland and is due to commence a 3 month residency in Angouléme in 2016.
Recent publications include:  BUZZ 2 (Oonagh Young Gallery, 2015),  Ruaille Buaille (Coimici Gael, 2015), Mall Life (self-published, 2015), Worse Things (self-published, 2015), David Bowie is not my uncle (self-published, 2015), A Clock or a Crown (Little Island, 2015), Let’s See Ireland (O’Brien Press, 2016).
She is Founding member of The Comics Lab, OFFSKETCH and Membership Officer for Illustrators Ireland.

Eoin Coveney     website


Eoin's distinctive, bold style and strong linework has seen him in constant demand for over 20 years.  His understanding of narrative graphic art has been informed by working with some of the top names in the Graphic Novel field - including the legendary Will Eisner, Gordon Rennie and John Wagner.
Eoin regularly contributes to many international magazines such as FHM (U.K. and International editions), ZOO, Engineering / Technology & Attitude Magazines (U.K.).  International publishers such as Harper-Collins, Dorling Kindersley and others have also availed of his services.  He has also been a regular fixture in national and international press, including the Irish Independent, Irish Times, Metro London and The Independent (UK).
Since 2013, he has been contributing to 2000AD, drawing Judge Dredd among others. He is also co- creator of a new series and characters for 2000AD, which is currently running in the weekly.  In 2014, he was shortlisted twice in the Association of Illustrators (UK) awards.


Alan Dunne     website



Alan Dunne is a Dublin based motion graphics designer, illustrator and comic maker. He graduated in visual communications from NCAD in 2005, and has been a motion designer at RTÉ Graphic Design since 2006. There is has directed and animated award winning channel identities, documentary graphics and opening titles for a broad variety of genres. 
He has always had a passion for illustration and over the years he has been actively involved in many self-initiated illustration projects and comics, as well as taken part in various festivals and group exhibitions with the Brainbelt Collective. He is also a member of Illustrators Ireland.

Liam Geraghty website


Liam Geraghty is the roving radio reporter for The Business on RTE Radio 1. He also produces reports for The Book Show, The History Show, Life Matters, What’s It All About? (RTE Radio 1) and The Pat Kenny Show (Newstalk). He won silver at the PPI Radio Awards 2014 for Best Short Feature and has been short-listed again for the 2015 awards. He produced and presented The Comic Cast – a podcast about comic books and illustration - that ran for six years. During that time the show won Best Irish Podcast at the Irish Web Awards twice. The Comic Cast has also been archived by The National Library of Ireland who cited it as being “culturally significant”. Liam also puppeteers for the children’s science programme Brain Freeze on CBBC.

Luke Healy    website


Luke Healy is a cartoonist from Dublin. He earned an MFA in cartooning from The Center for Cartoon Studies. He likes comics that are funny, and sad.

Debbie Jenkinson    website


Debbie Jenkinson is a comics-maker and illustrator from Dublin. She's a huge enthusiast of narrative - it is the thread that goes through all her work. She made a graphic novel, Remorse, which like many of her stories, is about the small frustrations and triumphs of real everyday lives; they explore the glorious absurdity, heartache and mundanity of our existences through line and ink. Her books are all self-published and are for sale in comic shops, online, at conventions and fairs.

Chris Judge    website


Chris Judge is an illustrator, artist and children's picture book author based in Dublin, Ireland. His work is a mixture of illustration, comics, painting and design, and has appeared in advertising, newspapers, magazines, exhibitions and several other media. Chris has published five picture books since 2011 and illustrated several texts including the Danger is Everywhere collection and Roddy Doyle's latest children's book Brilliant.
Chris has been collaborating with his brother Andrew on comic strips since 2005 which were published in Mongrel, Totally Dublin and in the anthology Stray Lines published by Cardboard Press.

Paddy Lynch    website


Paddy Lynch is a cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer from Dublin. He makes comics and zines that embrace the contradictions, emotions and complicated nature of being alive. He has collaborated and published work with The O'Brien Press (Ireland), Aperture Foundation (US), Things in Panels (UK), Kús (Latvia) alongside his homegrown small press imprint, Cardboard Press. In Dublin he is a founding member of Stray Lines, Dublin Comic Jam and a regular face at artist books, comics and zine events and exhibitions countrywide.

Maura McHugh    website  |  twitter


Maura lives in Galway, and her short stories have appeared in publications in the USA and Europe. Her two collections - Twisted Fairy Tales and Twisted Myths - were published in the USA. She has written two comic book series for Atomic Diner Comics in Ireland (Róisín Dubh and Jennifer Wilde). Her script The Nail appeared in the internationally-acclaimed Womanthology comic book anthology, published by IDW. She also co-wrote the mini-series, Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland with Kim Newman, for Dark Horse Comics.
Her story Bone Mother is being adapted into a stop-motion animated short film by animation company See Creature for the Canadian Film Board. She also a screenwriter, playwright, a critic, and has served on the juries of international literary, comic book, and film awards.

Alé Mercado     website


One of his short comic pieces Collage was shortlisted for the Jonathan Cape/Comica/Observer graphic short competition 2014.
Illustrator and comic author Alé Mercado lives in Kilkenny. In his 20-year career as a graphic designer and illustrator, his work has been used extensively by Government agencies and event organisers. He has also published several children books. His work has been acknowledged by New York’s 3x3 Illustration Proshow and Children’s Book Competition as well as by The Association of Illustrators Annual Awards.
Most of Alé’s work is created digitally while retaining the expression of traditional media, namely pen and ink, screen printing and woodcutting.

Fintan Taite      website  |  behance

Fintan Taite is an award winning cartoonist based in Dublin. He has over a decades experience working freelance on everything from picture Books and Editorial Illustration to Comics and animation.
TITO     website


 Tiburcio de la Llave, also known as TITO, was born in 1957 near Toledo (Spain). At the age of 6, his parents and he move to the outskirts of Paris where he still lives today. After studies in fine arts at the lycée de Sèvres he begins work in an advertisement agency. His true career as a comic book illustrator does not begin until 1980 when he creates for Aïe!, then for the magazine Circus, the series Jaune (7 volumes), based on a storyline by Jan Bucquoy. The 6 volume series Soledad would follow. It is the series Tendre Banlieue (20 volumes, the last of which, Les Carnets de Laura was published in 2010) which would establish him as the author with the greatest ability to describe the life and trials of teenagers, a feat he manages to perform in brilliant detail. In 2012 he interacts once again with an adult public with Le choix d’Ivana. In 2015, the album Compagnons-Nouveau départ, allows him to create, for the first time, a storyline for someone else, that is Manuel Lieffroy, and to give him the freedom to interact with all of his readers.



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