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The history of Irish comics

The Irish cartoonist Patrick Brown has started an ongoing series of articles on the history of comics and cartooning in Ireland. He's been researching the origins of Irish cartooning, which seems to get it's start in political cartooning and satire back in the late 1700's. It's an interesting look into one country's history of comic art. Here's an excerpt from part one:


If we define “comics” in the McCloudian sense of images in sequence, excluding single-panel cartoons, we’d probably have to conclude that there are no true Irish comics or comics artists until the end of the 19th century. But I prefer not to draw quite such a rigid line between modern comics and other forms of cartooning. The main reason I got involved in the Irish Comics Wiki in the first place was, finding myself part of a community of Irish cartoonists, I wanted us to have a context, a sense of having forebears in whose footsteps we follow, and that as well as looking outwards to Britain, America, Europe and even Japan for inspiration, we might find some closer to home. So, for the sake of including as many notable predecessors as possible I’ll be defining “comics” as loosely as possible.

You can read the full article here.