John’s comic book hero will be unveiled in Cork on Saturday

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A Clonmelman with a lifelong love of art and comic books has fulfilled an ambition by having his illustrations

A Clonmelman with a lifelong love of art and comic books has fulfilled an ambition by having his illustrations


John Quigley’s art is featured in the Cork Sci-Fi Comic, which will be launched at the inaugural Cork Comic Expo which is taking place at the Mahon Point shopping centre next weekend.

He is the only person from outside of Cork to work on the publication, which over its previous two editions has developed as a forum where writers and artists have come together to pool their ideas and work on the project.

A team of five artists and five writers produced the latest edition.

“The story is a futuristic tale about an evil scientist who wants to send the city of Cork back to the Stone Age”, John explains. “However the hero, Lee Rivers has something to say about that”.

It’s fair to say that John has taken a circuitous route to achieving a sense of fulfilment with his hobby. The son of Kitty and the late Nicholas Quigley from William Street, Clonmel, he has a degree in agricultural science from Waterford IT and farms full-time in the Moyglass area. While studying in college he was a familiar face as the barman in Gleeson’s in Irishtown, where he worked part-time for some years.

“I was always good at art and I’ve been buying comics in Eason’s in Clonmel since I was a teenager, so last year I decided I’d do something about it”.

He was inspired by Nick Roche from Wexford, the artist on the Transformer comics, and saw how it could be done. With his interest spurred he attended the Marvel and DC comic book expos in Dublin. There he made valuable contacts with people in the industry and successfully submitted his drawings to the Cork Sci-Fi Comic.

His love of art was nurtured at Scoil Ruain in Killenaule and he is also a past pupil of St. Mary’s national school in Killenaule and Ss Peter and Paul’s in Clonmel.

John draws all of his illustrations in pencil, then goes over them with brush and ink before “tidying them up” on photoshop. He can be followed on Twitter @johnquigley209.

The Cork Sci-Fi Comic will be available at the Cork expo next Saturday, April 25.