Comic Con

CelticCon @ Old Fort Festival 2022
Date: Saturday, June 25th 12-6 pm
Venue: Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise
It is proudly supported by Laois County Council Arts Act Grant 2022.

CelticCon: Ireland’s Midland Comic Convention, is taking place in Portlaoise Saturday, June 25th as part of the Old Fort FQuarter Festival.
Come check out the comic village, artist alley, geek market, cosplayers & so much more!

Its unique events bring creatives together such as comic book writers/artists/colourists and children’s book writers and illustrators filmmakers, animators, Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated creatives and artists from the likes of Oscar-nominated Brown Bag Films and Cartoon Saloon.

Cosplay (costume performers) from the likes of the 501st Ireland Garrison the Star Wars group, Reel Icons Ireland, Ghostbusters Ireland, Guild of Nerds, Wade Widdle (former Disney Paris performer) and Cyanide Kisses, Masonicspoon, Tiny Cosplays and Aid Kit Cosplay are regular performers at our events.

We also have a few surprises and unusual ideas in mind for each event just to mix things up a bit.

The Hound Exhibition by artist Paul J Bolger

As part of Celtic Con, an exhibition by artist Paul Bolger featuring illustration, animation, costume, sketchbooks and storyboards from ‘The Hound’ will be displayed in Dunamaise Arts Centre Gallery from 11 June – 31 July.

Paul J Bolger is a consummate creator. His animation film credits include The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go To Heaven, The Thief & The Cobbler, Cool World, Shaun The Sheep and the upcoming Wallace & Gromit film.

Paul’s graphic novel adaptation of the life and times of Ireland’s national hero Cú Chulainn, called HOUND was illustrated by Paul and co-written with Barry Devlin (of Horslips) is published by Dark Horse Comics and is was published March 2022.

Pádraig Kenny

Pádraig Kenny is an Irish writer who hails from Newbridge in County Kildare. He is a graduate of Maynooth University where he obtained a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish writing. He started his career writing radio dramas. As an arts journalist, he has contributed work to the Irish Times, the Sunday Tribune, the Sunday Independent, the Irish Examiner, and several other publications. His debut novel Tin was published in 2018 and was Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month. It has been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Northern Ireland Book Awards. Tin has also been shortlisted for several other awards including the Irish Book Awards, the Great Reads Award, the Redbridge Children’s Book Award, and The Wirral Children’s Book Award.

His debut novel ‘Tin’ was published in 2018 and was Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month. It has been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Northern Ireland Book Awards. Tin has also been shortlisted for several other awards including the Irish Book Awards, the Great Reads Award, the Redbridge Children’s Book Award, and The Wirral Children’s Book Award.

Pádraig’s second novel ‘Pog’ was published in April 2019 and was Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month. Pog has been nominated for the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award and shortlisted for the Sakura Book Medal.

His third novel ‘The Monsters of Rookhaven’ was published by Pan Macmillan in 2020 and has won the 2021 KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Honour Award for Fiction. It was followed by ‘The Shadows of Rookhaven’ a sequel in 2021 and won has won the 2022 KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Honour Award for Fiction for the second year in a row.

Katherine Foyle

Katherine Foyle is a Dublin-based but originally from Durrow Co.Laois, comics creator, also working in video and design. She loves expressive hand-lettering and creating immersive stories in any medium. She is a co-facilitator of the DCAF The Dublin Comic Arts Festival, Dublin Comic Jam and Little Dear Comics.

Since 2013, Katherine has worked in a variety of roles in television, short film and video in Ireland. She directed the web series “How To Adult” with author/broadcaster Stefanie Preissner for RTÉ Player, as well as developing and researching “Kevin McGahern’s America” for RTÉ2, an episode of which she also edited. With Up On Blue Bridge (from Portlaoise), Katherine directed her first narrative short film “Wake,” which won Best Cinematography and Best Actor awards on its premiere at 2019 Shot by the Sea Festival in Salthill. Up On Blue Bridge’s film, “The Bee Team” will be her first documentary feature.

Leeann Hamilton

Leeanni is an comic book artist from Co. Meath. She is is the writer and artist of a self-published venture called Finn & Fish, of which the first four issues has since been collected into a graphic novel.

She has also started a web comic called Things Happened, over on her website The Cool Bean, where she posts art, small features and convention news, and also critical reviews of comics.

She has recently finished a project for Sonic the Comic Online, by providing the artwork for a short comic based on the videogame Space Channel 5.

She has also finished working on a varient cover for a Jennifer Wilde one-shot, published by Atomic Diner. At present, she has returned to study, where she is doing a course on Writing for Transmedia.

Linda Byrne Illustration

As a multi-award-winning illustrator, I am inspired by my timeless love of visual storytelling, Bauhaus design, classic ’80s cartoons and animals. With a passion for classical hand drawn craftsmanship, I specialise in live illustration attending events and creating artwork on the spot.

Working from my picturesque cottage studio in County Kildare Ireland, with my loyal poodle Papa Chico by my side. I spend my days crafting an assortment of worlds from spontaneous sketches to wistful watercolours dreaming up fanciful lands where animals talk and adults eat only chocolate for breakfast. Capturing the art of visual storytelling, revolving around a whimsical style with a sprinkle of retro glamour.

Ive collaborated with international clients including Winsor & Newton, TK Maxx, L’Oreal and Kiehl’s as well as live sketching at events in Primark, Facebook and Google.

Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown is an illustrator, cartoonist and musician from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

His graphic novel, The Cattle Raid of Cooley, was serialised online between 2008 and 2015 and has appeared in the comic anthologies Sector 13, Lightning Strike, Romantic Mayhem, Courageous Mayhem, Futurequake, and Superstate Funnies.

James Killian

James Killian is an artist from Boher, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. He was born in 1996 and graduated from IADT with a First Class Honours in Art in 2019.

His illustrations are created using the traditional medium of woodcut printing, pen and ink. His first professional work can be seen in Folktales of Fermanagh: Dark Stories From Across The County with stories from Séamas Mac Annaidh and Carlo Gébler.

His comic book art can be found in the anthologies;
– Turning Roads; Irish Folklore Stories – Bump; A Horror Anthology – I Like Robots; A Chidrawgo Magazine Graphic Anthology – Twisting Time Anthology

Hollie Murphy @holliemostlypaints
I am a freelance illustrator, background and layout artist, production designer and visual development artist from the Curragh but now living in Abbeyleix Co.Laois

Skilled in TV Paint, Photoshop and Adobe Animate. She is also into watercolours and plants