Advanced Review: Cork Horror Comic 2015

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Art by Shane O’Sullivan, Damien Duncan, John Quigley, Fiona Boniwell, Brian Corcoran
Written by Dave McNaly, Dylan Fitzgerald, Ryan McVeigh, Liam Hughes, Morgan Ormond
Lettering by Chris O’Halloran, C.A Aabø, Alice Coleman, Erica J Heflin, Colin O’Mahoney
Cover by Chris O’Halloran

Once again I am enjoying a book from some Cork creators. It is nice to have another book that takes the scenery and the atmosphere of the city. Sure the cover has monsters flying over a well known Cork landmark. What quite impressed me too was the number of new creators that were included in this volume with artists Shane O’Sullivan and Brian Corcoran and 3 of the writers making their print debut. Congrats to editors Seán Leonard, James O’Callaghan and Chris O’Halloran for gathering such a talented group.

I find it quite difficult to review anthologies without giving away too much on the story but I’ll try my best.

RAISING THE DRAGON
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Shane O’Sullivan’s art seems like a mix of grey wash and pencil and, to my amateur eyes, doesn’t seem inked at tall. Quite impressed with his debut and his use of shadow. Dave McNaly has come up with a spooky story with a nice twist based around a Cork halloween parade (I had to Google to see if that was a real thing).

VEGAN MEAT
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I was impressed with Damien Duncan’s cover for the Cork Sci-fi comic so it was interesting to see him working on interiors. He has come up with some extremely detailed and cool character designs. Dylan Fitzgerald uses some Irish mythological creatures and a weird idea to create an almost stomach churning story. I must also give credit to C.A Aabø on lettering his choices added to the authenticity to the tale.

BACK IN TIME
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A ghost story set in Cork City Gaol. John Quigley creates a spooky feeling with his use of shadows. The historic clothing and the mystical elements (that I won’t spoil) looked spot on. I am not sure if Ryan McVeigh has based this on an actual historic character (I actually went on Google to find out) but it felt like a realistic ghost story.

THE MONSTER ON THE LEE
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I would love to know how long Fiona Boniwell spent on these beautifully detailed pages. The design of the monster was magnificent (oh I wish I had the correct words to describe how good these pages are so it is lucky there are visual aids included). Again, I’m not sure whether the writer has made this story from scratch or it is based on an existing tale but Liam Hughes has come up with a story that feels straight out of a book on Irish mythology.

THE LADY OF THE LEE
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Morgon Ormond has created the most modern of the stories as the setting looks like present day Cork and the there is no apparent mythological or historic connection with monster. This adds a sinister element as the monster could just as easily get you and I think it is the story that creeped me out the most. Brian Corcoran has created a really sinister monster. All those rows of teeth. It just ain’t right.

In summary, it’s another accomplished volume from the Cork Comic Creators. The standard of the art and the fact that some of the stories actually creeped me out really impressed me. For a book that is entirely in black and white but it had a variety of inking styles which helped differentiate between the stories even with a cursory glance through the pages. I personally think the lack of colour adds to the atmosphere. I don’t go for horror so I’m sure horror fans will get even more out of it.

Cork Horror Comic 2015 will launch at 6.00pm tomorrow evening at St.Anne’s Church, Church St, Shandon, Cork.