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FTN Interviews: Tommie Kelly

October 2nd, 2013 by Jay Comments

Tommie Kelly is a writer-artist and musician based in Ardee, County Louth.

His earliest work includes the unfinished, and now defunct, webcomic The End (2006-2007), a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, and unpublished comics including No Irish, about an Irish family divided by politics and paramilitary activism, How I Became an Online Assassin in Ten Easy Lessons, with American writer Jaime Ramos, and Disco Sucks, Fuck Everything with American comedian and writer Cody Hess.

He is the creator of the webcomic Road Crew, a humour strip (loosely) based on his experiences as a roadie and sound engineer for rock bands, which ran from 2008 to 2010. Two collections, “Electric Ladyland” (2009) and “Nothing’s Shocking” (2010), have been published.  Now. for the first time, a full colour digital collection is available from GREEN MONKEY COMICS   as a PAY WHAT YOU WANT download. This digital PDF is 121 Pages of fully remastered and optimized comic pages containing all the classic Road Crew moments.

In 2010 the strip took a more serious turn, away from gag-a-day strips to an ongoing narrative, “For Sale”, which was moved to its own site, entitled From Rags to Rockstars. A 52 page print edition has been published. From April to August 2010 he published the cynically humourous daily webstrip Something Wonderful.

From April to July 2011 he published a weekly single panel webcomic, Moments. Also in April 2011, he published the pilot issue of a science fiction comedy, Down, which continued into the first issue of a pdf anthology, Tommie Kelly Presents, along with the continuation of Road Crew, and a preview Joe the Janitor by Viv Duignan.

In June 2011 he launched the Irish Comic News website – a website dedicated to the Irish Comic Scene. It contains interviews, a forum, event guides, tutorials, newbie guides and all the latest news related to the Irish Comic Scene. It is run by comic fans for comic fans. – as editor-in-chief, where he has been serialising the continuation of Road Crew since October. In 2012 he launched a new digital series, The Holy Numbers.  In 2013 he launched ‘Them’.

Tommie is currently working on a new digital web series, due to launch in early 2014, showcasing the ‘B-movie’ noir style adventures of ‘Zara Rogers’ –

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You can see, below, our interview with Tommie from Dublin International Comic Expo 2013.

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