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Interview with Richmond Clements, Writer of ‘Brian Boru’ & Vicky Stonebridge, Colourist

Here’s another interview for you guys with one of our most exciting writers, Eagle nominated Richmond Clements and Vicky Stonebridge.

Art by Cormac Hughes


1.) Lightning Strike: So Richmond what got you so interested in
writing a comic book about Brian Boru?

RC: Vicky alerted me to the book, and I mailed asking if you were
looking for writers.
It was mentioned that you were interested in an historical strip and I
think I said I’d just written one about the Highwayman Captain
Gallagher for Tales from the Emerald Isle #2, which I thought could be
expanded into a series.
But when Brian Boru was suggested to me, I couldn’t believe my luck
and jumped at the chance. The story of his life is an amazing one, so
it was an easy thing to say yes to.

2.) L.S.: Do you follow any particular process when composing a script
or coming up with a story idea?

RC: No, not really! I read up a bit about the history, and decided to
start our strip at one particular incident in his life.
It was also important to get it historically accurate and add
verisimilitude in the language, clothing, building designs and so on.
The story is so dynamic and exciting, I really didn’t have to dress
anything up, what I have written is pretty much what happened. I have
added a character to act as the ‘chorus’ and the readers eyes on the
goings on, but that’s all.
3.) L.S.: What was it like collaborating with Cormac Hughes as artist
on this story?

RC: More a question for Vicky, I think. But for my part it was very
good. Cormac would mail me occasionally for a steer on a character or
a point in the script, but from my point of view, I really do leave it

up to the artist to come up with page layouts and character designs as
much as is possible.

VS I loved his crisp linear style to colour, it made my job nice and
easy.  It was a pleasure to work with him both in terms of
communication and the lovely ready to colour pages that came in. I was
given freedom to colour here in my own style rather than having to try
and change what i do. Which was great!

4.) L.S.: How did you feel when you first saw the finished story?
RC: It looks excellent. Cormac has a very neat line style and Vicky’s
colours really lifted everything. That first panel on the first page
is a real calling card for the strip and, in a very real way, is a lot
better than anything I wrote in the script.

VS, i don’t know about Cormac, but i was cursing Richmond for that
first panel and all the detail in it ( while secretly loving it too ).
5.) L.S.: Vicky you’ve done a fantastic job bringing colour to the
story, what inspired your choice of colour?

VS. The immediate choice here was to have the colours of Celtic
manuscripts like the book of Kells as my palette. Thinking about the
Celts clothing and accessories I know that pretty bright colours were
available through natural dying processes, but I chose to limit the
palette and mute it down to the warm ochres and browns that I used.
6.) L.S.: The two of you are running Hi-Ex together this year. What do
you have planned?

RC: Lots of fun things! The real backbone of the event is the
inclusions of families and children, who at other conventions are a
relatively rare site.
We run a lot of workshops in both writing and drawing and they are
always very popular. This year we have some returning guests and a few
new ones who will be giving out their advice.
There’s also the dealers room, an RPG room, Cosplayers and panels.
During the weekend the venue, Eden Court, will also be showing the
Scottish indie movie Electric Man, and the guys who made it will also
be guests at Hi-Ex!
7.) L.S.: Do you guys have any future comic projects in the works at the moment?
VS I’m currently painting a strip for on an anthology called Bayou
Arcana, which has had a lot of publicity as it is unusually all
written by men and illustrated by women. Think, spooky cowboys, bounty
hunters, blues and voodoo, its great fun to draw!
Richmond has also written an graphic novel adaptation of a very popular
Scots ballad for me to illustrate as soon as I get a moment. There are
always more projects than time!

RC: Quite a few as usual. I’m currently writing a series called Black
Dragon for the new British comic Strip Magazine, which is drawn by
Nick Dyer. We had an episode in the talent search slot in Strip #3,
and off the back of that, we have a full length series beginning in
#7. I’ve seen some of Nick’s art for it and it is the best he has ever
down, which is really saying something.
My book Turning Tiger is out in April from Renegade Arts and Arcana,
and I’m about to write the sequel.
I’m halfway through another GN for Markosia which is going to be
stonking fun but I can’t talk about just yet.
And Corvus, the book I’m doing with Kevin Levell is moving forward.
Expect something cool online soon, and as well as that we’ve roped in
another artist not a million miles form here to provide a unique
section in the book – this one is going to be great!
Annnnd… there’s another story for Barry Nugent’s Unseen Shadows comic
project, FutureQuake, Something Wicked, Dogbreath and Zarjaz.
There’s probably more, too…


Interview with Dan Wright – Writer of ‘Queller’

So a few days ago, our illustrious leader Eoin interviewed DanWright, writer of soon-to-published Lightning Strike story, ‘Queller’, with art by Ger Hankey. Check it out below.

1.) Lightning Strike: So Dan what got you so interested in writing comic books?
Dan Wright: Actually, my main area of writing is novels primarily. However, I did used to read a ridiculous amount of comics when I was younger and did actually write a script for a comic book –which sadly never saw the light of day. But I am interested in the concept of writing a comic, it’s completely unlike writing a movie or a novel as you’re relying on still pictures to tell the story and quick paced dialogue. You need to take into account space on the page and what each image should convey, so it does require a lot of discipline and visualisation. But it’s fun at the same time and I hope to do more of it in the future.
2.) L.S.: Do you follow any particular process when composing a script or coming up with a story idea?
D.W.: Not really – although I do like to plan out the story arc and characters first before sitting down to write it.Because my main love is for Fantasy and Superhero type fiction, I tend to draw on a lot of influences from within that area and apply certain aspects to whatever story I happen to be working on. Of course, you still need to make it your own story!
For Queller, I knew I wanted to do a superhero type story – but try and inject a bit of humour to it. These days, Superhero stories tend to be a little dark and rather depressing, but I kinda prefer the campy nature of earlier stories. Queller was my attempt at injecting a little humour within the Superhero genre.

Queller Page 1 Line Art

3.) L.S.: What was it like collaborating with Ger Hankey as artist on this story?

D.W.: Ger has been amazing! He has a very cartoony sort of art style that fits perfectly with Queller and really adds to the humour of the piece. It also helps that he seems to like the project and likes the same things that I do. He’s also full of ideas himself so he can put his own spin on this story and add his own stamp to it.
What I love most about his art style is the expressions of his characters – especially on the Queller. No matter what, I always seem to chuckle when the Queller pulls a face, Ger is able to capture the humour perfectly. He’s a fantastic artist and I’m pleased to be working with him on this.
4.) L.S.: How did you feel when you first saw the finished story?
D.W.: I was just blown away by it! In fact my first thought was “this is from MY idea?” It’s one thing putting your ideas on paper – it’s another entirely seeing the finished project. I’m really excited about it and I hope that others will feel the same when the read it!
5.) L.S.: What do you think makes Queller so unique as a character?
D.W.: Unlike most other superheroes,he isn’t doing it because of some personal tragedy, or because he feels it’s his responsibility to protect the world – but because he’s living his dream. He’s being a superhero just because he wants to. But he doesn’t realise that there is a lot of hard work that has to go through it. And because he’s given an alien technology that he doesn’t understand, he usually ends up causing more destruction than good!
To be fair to him, he’s living out every kid’s dream in being a hero. I kinda see him as a kind of “Frank Spencer” sort of hero. He means well, but because he underestimates his own powers, the results are usually more hilarious than heroic.
6.) L.S.: Do you have any future comic projects in the works at the moment?
D.W.: Not really. However, I do have a couple of Fantasy novels out at the moment (one of which included some Manga style artwork), with more to follow in the year. However, I do have some ideas that could be turned into comics in the future – it’s just a question of deciding how to make them work and finding the right artist for them.
7.) L.S.: What can readers look forward to in future stories about Queller?
D.W.: In the next story I intend to introduce the villains of the piece. As the story progresses we’ll learn more about the Queller suit and why it was created. But also we have some huge battles coming up with the baddies. I won’t spoil anything beyond that – but suffice to say, anyone who’s seen the show Megas XLR will know the kind of fights to expect!

Lightning Strike Hits KAPOW! London 2012


Hi guys! we hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are ready for some exciting graphic novel news. First off, Lightning Strike will he heading over to London this year with Dublin City Comics to take part in Kapow! Featuring comic legends Mark Millar and Jonathan Ross, we’ll be there in full force with a printed #1 issue. Its our goal to have a digital copy out a little bit before then but we’re literally 95% complete on the first issue at  present.

We’ll also be heading up to Derry to attend this year’s 2D Con. So stick close to the website, Facebook and Twitter and get ready for some awesome Lightning Strike goodies, including more previews and videos!

Queller Preview Pages

Hello again guys.

Here for your viewing pleasure is a 2 page preview of Ger Hankey’s other magnificent contribution to ‘Lightning Strike Present…’ entitled “Queller”, written by Dan Wright.

In case you haven’t already seen it, our Editor-In-Chief Eoin McAuley wrote a seasonal ‘Letter from the Editor‘ post for the site which you can check out here. So from everyone at Lightning Strike Comics, we’d just like to say Thank You for supporting us these past few months and we look forward to producing an amazing comic for you all to enjoy next year. To all our readers and supporters, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Queller Page 1 Line Art

Queller Page 2 Line Art

Hybrid Preview Pages

Hey guys.

As promised here’s some preview pages of Ger Hankey’s ‘Hybrid’, coming to you as part of ‘Lightning Strike Presents…’ in the new year. Ger’s working on one other story for us as part of the anothology called ‘Queller’, which we’ll posting some previews of later in the week. If you wanna check out some more of Ger’s work be sure to head on over to ‘Sketch Paddys‘, where you can also see work from some of our other artists including Cormac Hughes and Robert Carey. Rob and Ger were also nominated in The Arcade’s 2011 Reader’s Choice awards.

Hybrid Page 1 Line Art

Hybrid Page 2 Line Art

Christmas Letter from The Editor; Eoin McAuley

Seasons Greetings Everybody!
 Well it’s that festive time of year again. A time for giving, a time for thanks and a time to fall into a self-induced over-fed turkey coma. 2011 has been a busy year, to say the least, for Lightning Strike. From poster campaigns to a mini-convention circuit we’ve covered a lot of ground (not bad for just 5 months work eh?). But believe me when I say we haven’t even started.
 In 2012 you folks can look forward to the release of our premier anthology magazine Lightning Strike Presents. This magazine will have something for everybody whether your tastes include fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk or historical epics (and that’s not even naming all the different types of genres included in the magazine). For all the latest developments on Lightning Strike Presents please keep your eye on this very website or checkout our Twitter and Facebook page.
 Of course everything that Lightning Strike has done so far and plans to do in the future wouldn’t be possible without the support of so many local conventions and shops. On the behalf of everyone involved with Lightning Strike I wish to thank everyone involved with;
  • Octocon
  • Dublin City Toy and Comic Mart
  • Dublin City Comics
  • The Big Bang
  • Sub City
Their advice and support has been much appreciated. Above all I wish to thank all of our fans who follow our Facebook and website updates regularly. They’re the real heroes of the story.
Heading into 2012 there’s a lot of talk about doom and gloom; cuts this, budget that blah, blah, blah. But if Lightning Strike has proved anything it is no matter how dire things may look as long as people are willing to band together and work towards a common goal, no matter how big or small that goal might be, progress can and will be made. As the saying goes;
“It is always better to light but one candle than to curse the darkness”.
Wishing you all the very best this Christmas,
Eoin McAuley.
Editor-In-Chief and Publisher.

Canon Law Preview Post

Hey guys,

Just a little update to let you all know that Lightning Strike Comics will be making an appearance at 2 conventions next year in the UK. On May 19th-20th we’ll be at Kapow! in London alongside the like of Mark Millar and Jonathan Ross. We’ll also be attending Hi-Ex, partially organized by our very own Richmond Clements and Vicky Stonebridge. So if you fancy coming along, or have any friends living in the UK attending, be sure to tell ’em to come by and have a look at ‘Lightning Strike Presents’ and Dublin City Comics table.

With that all out of the way, here’s another little taster for you. Here’s the first page (uncoloured) of Canon Law by James Looney and Robert Carey.

Canon Law Preview Page