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Some posters for the Poster Fish

January 25, 2012

Here are some gig posters I’ve done in the last couple of months for my good friend Freda who runs Poster Fish Promotions (click the images to see larger versions).


A couple of comic related articles up on Rabble

November 2, 2011

Rabble, Ireland’s newest and best non-party culture/politics freesheet has published a couple of articles about Irish comics (the type you read) that I wrote on their website. Hoepfully I’ll be contributing more frequently to this mag, which is one that is definitely worth supporting!

1 – Now Now Stolen Cow: The Cattle Raid of Cooley Webcomic – an interview with Belfast comic creator Patrick Brown, about his epic (in both senses of the the word) online interpretation of the Táin Bó Cúailnge.

2 – Irish Comics on the Web: Five of the Best – does what it says on the tin. Almost…

Book Review: Revolutionary Pirates?

September 21, 2011

Review: Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on the Golden Age of Piracy by Gabriel Kuhn (PM Press, 2010)
LookLeft #7, July 2011

Almost 100 years before the French Revolution gave the world the slogan ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’, the imperial sea-trading routes were plagued by “floating republics”. These pirate ships of the Golden Age (c.1690-1730) and their crews of “rebels, robbers and rovers” plagued the high seas from Madagascar to the Bahamas. Much has been written about these “republics of rogues”, from both radical and reactionary perspectives. Kuhn’s short book, an attempt to distil the reality from the myth, draws on many sources and illustrates what was indeed revolutionary about these pirates and their rejection of the aristocratic status quo – turning their backs on “institutionalised authority” and attempting to build internally “egalitarian communities” that were the antithesis of the dictatorial regimes that existed on the imperially-sanctioned vessels on which many of these pirates once served.

Kuhn himself is an anarchist, but unlike some other anarchists, he does not ideologically romanticise these Golden Age freebooters either. He is careful to point out that there was much that was decidedly unprogressive about their behaviour – they were brutal, violent, often slave holders and while their democratic form of organisation was revolutionary, generally “they had no social ideals at all” and that if anything, the perceived radicalism of these pirates lies more in their symbolism than in their actuality.

Finally, it has to be said that while the book is not a chronological history of Golden Age piracy – for the most part it explores themes and ideological interpretations – it is an extremely engrossing work that anyone with an interest in this era of history will be rewarded for reading. 


Football Fashionistas

September 21, 2011

Football Fashionistas
LookLeft #7, July 2011

June saw the opening of Ireland’s first dedicated football fashion and revolutionary casual-wear store. As its tagline indicates, Casa Rebelde, located on Crow Street in Dublin’s Temple Bar, is dedicated to supplying quality, affordable European style “clothing for the discerning football fan and revolutionary”, something that has long been lacking in Ireland where overpriced jerseys seem to be all we can buy.

Along with famous brands like Copa (Holland), Partisano (Catalonia) and Fire & Flames (Germany), it also stocks retro jerseys and their own unique line of ‘sports-revolutionary’ t-shirts and posters featuring legends like Paul McGrath, Mohammed Ali, Johnny Giles, Che Guevara and Cristiano Lucarelli. Casa Rebelde is also Ireland’s only official stockist of merchandise from Germany’s famous anti-fascist club FC St. Pauli.

Michael Dixon, the shop’s owner, told LookLeft: “This is my way of sticking up two fingers to those who say sport and politics don’t mix. Just because sporting bureaucrats want us to believe it, it doesn’t make it true. Besides, there’s no reason why football fans shouldn’t look stylish too”.

Casa Rebelde is on the web at

Appeal: Help Seomra Spraoi win a car just by taking a minute of your time

January 17, 2010

Hello everyone,

Seomra Spraoi, Dublin’s only autonomous collectively run social centre – and general wonderful place full of wonderful people – is in with a real chance of winning a car, which we’ll then sell for money. You can help us win by merely voting here: (its takes one minute or less – and if you’ve got more than one email account then you can use that too – the more the merrier obviously).

[6pm, Sun, 17 Jan] Seomra is currently in the lead by about 90 votes, but we need more more more. I’m not even sure when the closing date for this is.

If you’re wondering why you should vote for Seomra, here’s ten reasons:

1 ) It’s a non corporate social space in one of the most corporatised places in Ireland – ie Dublin.
2 ) It receives no state or any kind of other grant funding – it survives solely on the donations and standing orders of its users.
3 ) It puts on fucking great nights – (live and DJ) reggae, hip hop, punk, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, dubstep, big beat etc etc. Hell, even I’m allowed to do the music sometimes.
4 ) The food is cheap and great – and its BYOB which is always a plus.
5 ) You’re guaranteed to make new friends there – and see people you haven’t seen in ages.
6 ) The rent is crippling and we’re in a recession
7 ) The volunteers are lovely people (except me, I’m a cunt obviously)
8 ) They host talks you’re unlikely to hear anywhere else, even on the left. Agree or disagree with the content, at least they are getting a forum. Not to mention the workshops and creche.
9 ) The best play I’ve ever seen was on there, Marx in Soho. Fair enough, I’ve only ever seen two plays, but still.
10 ) They are friends of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and we jointly held a very successful Palestinian cultural night there in October.

We are all Semora Spraoiso go and vote!

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