This year Alliance Française Dublin and Illustrators Ireland are celebrating 6 years of partnership in presenting the Fête de l’Illustration & de la Bande Dessinée, with the support of the French Embassy in Ireland. Our mutual goal has been to bring together French and Irish talent to showcase the growing platform of comics, graphic novels and narrative art. With the French reputation for outstanding visual language, and the Irish history of storytelling, this blending of talents is sure to result in a festival of exciting international comics work.

The 6th Comic Book Festival Dublin is part of the BD 20>21 initiative which celebrates the 9ème art in France and abroad. The Festival will host from 11th to 15th May a series of online events including discussions, live readings, a screening and children’s creative workshops.

Admission is free for all events but booking is essential.

Tuesday 11 May, 6pm Wednesday 12 May, 6pm
Meet Jul & Stephen Mooney Live Readings
+ Q&A
Live on Zoom
Live on Zoom


We are delighted to open the Festival this year with a in-depth look at the works of two major comic artistsStephen Mooney (Ireland) and Jul (France) will present their craft and go through the process of bringing an idea to its visual iteration.

Two illustrators, two cultures, two different stories, two different styles

Live talks presented by Margaret Anne Suggs.

Event in English.


Illustrators Ireland & The Comics Lab have selected the most promising indie comic makers from Ireland and France to bring their comics to life. The experience is a fully immersive storytelling event that combines illustration, sound, and live performance in what feels like a cross between theatre and animation.
This year’s performers include Sarah Bowie, Philip Elliott, Clare Foley, Debbie Jenkinson, Julien Laloy, Elida Maiques, Melody Ung, Eoin Whelehan.

Live talks moderated by Illustrator Philip Elliott.

Event in English.



Thursday 13 May, 6pm Friday 14 May, 4pm
Pénélope Bagieu's
'Les Culottées"
 Create a Comic Strip with BDnF
Screening & Talk Children Workshop
Streaming on Eventive

Live on Zoom



We will be screening this year 7 episodes of the animated series Les Culottées (Brazen). Initially published in Le Monde Blog, Pénélope Bagieu's Les Culottéeshines a new light on 30 women, each revolutionary in their own way. The portraits were collected into 2 award-winning, best-selling graphic novels that won the prestigious Eisner Awards.

The screening will be followed with presentations by French directors / animators Charlotte Cambon and Phuong Mai Nguyen who adapted the comic book.

Screening & talk in English.


Children from 6 to 9 years old are invited to create their own comic strip using the free app BDnF !
BDnF allows users to make comics, graphic novels or any other narrative combining both images and text, drawing from
hundreds of graphic elements (characters, objects, decorations and bubbles) specially designed or taken from the digital collection of the BnF (France National Library). 

Everyone will get to create and export their own comic with the assistance of Guillaume Clerton from The French Library.

Event in English.



Saturday 15 May, 11am
Comic Design
with Sarah Cunningham 
Children Workshop
Live on Zoom


Irish illustrator Sarah Cunningham will help children from 8 to 12 years old to create their own comic strip. The workshop will focus on character design and comic creation. Sarah Cunningham uses light and colourful images to discuss serious topics such environment, animal rights, equality, mental health and body positivity.

Event in English.



Sarah Bowie     website  |  instagram |  twitter



Sarah Bowie is a cartoonist, illustrator, and co-founder of The Comics Lab and of Ireland's first Graphic Short Story Prize in partnership with The Irish Times. Her ‘Socially Distanced’ comic strip, an observational look at life in a pandemic, updates weekly on Instagram and her latest picture books are available online now.


Charlotte Cambon     website  |  instagram


Charlotte Cambon De Lavalette graduated from L’École des Gobelins in 2012, and from La Poudrière in 2014. Recently, she directed the short film Dans un petit bateau for the collection « En sortant de l’école » broadcasted on France 2, and animated a movie about French poet Guillaume Apollinaire for the TED-Ed YouTube channel.

Sarah Cunningham     website  |  instagram



Sarah Cunningham is an illustrator from Dublin with a passion for animals, the environment and spreading positivity. Her work mostly centres around environmentalism, animal rights, equality, mental health and body positivity, where she uses colourful images to discuss difficult topics.


Philip Elliott     website  |  instagram



Philip Elliott is an illustrator and designer. Formerly an art director in the advertising business, he has been telling stories for clients for many years through film, animation and print. In recent years he has ventured into the medium of comics for storytelling. He has exhibited his work and illustrated children’s books. He loves to turn words upside-down and inside-out and will do anything to illustrate a good pun. He is a member of Illustrators Ireland and on the organizing committee for this year’s festival.


Clare Foley    website  |   instagram



Clare Foley is a Dublin-based illustrator and comic creator. She released her first comic, La Grande Breteche in 2016, an adaptation of an Honoré de Balzac short story. This was followed by Frozen Waste (written by Aaron Fever) in 2017, and the Blood Runs Cold anthology in 2018 with a number of different writers and letterers. She has worked on a number of collaborative projects in 2019 & 2020 including with Linen Hall Library & PRONI, and Alliance Francaise, and launched the Herpetology Tarot set in March 2020. She is a member of Rogue Comics Ireland.

Debbie Jenkinson    website  |  instagram

Debbie Jenkinson is a writer/artist from Dublin. She is co-founder of The Comics Lab (now a part of DCAF), and a board member of Illustrators Ireland.  Her comics explore the small triumphs and frustrations of ordinary life. Failed romances, overfed cats and the inner lives of office workers feature again and again, like Remorse, a long-form comic about a girl trapped in a call centre job for ten years. Ghosting, another romantic misadventure set in Dublin, won the Irish Comic News Awards Best Overall Irish Comic 2020.
Jul    twitter  |  instagram

Jul is a French illustrator who started off as a press cartoonist. His first comic book album, Il faut tuer José Bové, was his breakthrough success. In 2007, he won the Prix Goscinny for Le Guide du moutard and then took on the Stone Age with the series Silex and the City. Jul also took a detour into philosophy with La Planète des sages and Platon la Gaffe. He has adapted the new adventures of Lucky Luke with La Terre promiseUn cow-boy à Paris and the most recent one is Un cow-boy dans le coton (2020). He has also published Cinquante nuances de Grecs, a humorous take on Greek myths which has been adapted into an animated series for Arte.
Julien Laloy  


As a child, Julien Laloy enjoyed lazy summer afternoons sitting on the couch at his grandmother’s house in Brussels, reading a big pile of comics. 40 years later, a French teacher living in Ireland with his family, he draws comics himself in his spare time, trying to recreate the great excitement and the feeling of adventure he had reading these comics.

Phuong Mai Nguyen    website  |  instagram


Phuong Mai Nguyen graduated from L’École des Gobelins in 2009, and from La Poudrière in 2011. As an animation director, she directed several short films such as the multi-award-winning My Home (Chez Moi), which has been preselected for the French Césars Awards and shorlisted for the Oscars in 2016. She has also been in charge of the graphic design and character design on several short films.

Elida Maiques    website  |  twitter


Elida Maiques is a visual artist with a strong background in comics. She has been self-publishing comics since 1999, with some of her work receiving awards and distinctions. With roots in Guatemala and Spain, she moved to Ireland in 2003. She is a member of the Stray Lines collective, and was a panel artist for Dún Laoghaire County Council 2017-2018, a collaboration which continues.Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and books, including Gods and Monsters of Tomorrow, Rírá, Polen and Courageous Mayhem. Her work has been exhibited in museums and art centres such as CentroCentro Cibeles, Madrid (Spain) and IVAM (Valencian Museum of Modern Art), Valencia (Spain).

Stephen Mooney   website  |  twitter


Stephen Mooney is the New York Times best-selling author of Half Past Danger from IDW. He provides artwork for Marvel, DC, Image, Valiant, Dark Horse, Dynamite and many other major US publishers. Stephen has also written for series such as Star Trek, The Phantom, Bettie Page, and The Rocketeer.

Margaret Anne Suggs     website  |  instagram

Margaret Anne is an Irish-American illustrator. She was recently awarded an Arts Council Bursary for her illustration work on #irememberbeingachild. Margaret Anne serves as a Director for both Illustrators Ireland and IBBYIreland. She is the illustrator for the best-selling, award-winning Pigin of Howth series and the third in the series, Pigin's Unexpected Adventure (Kathleen Watkins, Gill), is available now. Her most recent book is Holy Shocking Saints with Sine Quinn (Veritas). This highly illustrated book is a spirited look at the lives of Irish Saints whose stories are a unique blend of Irish Folklore, Celtic Myth and Ancient Christianity.
Melody Ung   website  |  instagram


Melody Ung is originally from Paris and is passionate about drawing stories since she was a kid. For many years these comics were only released among her family and closest friends. After five years working in online advertisement, she finally decided to make a fresh start as an illustrator and a cartoonist. She enjoys exploring the thematics of her double culture (French-/Vietnamese), intimacy and introspection.

Eoin Whelehan   website  |  instagram

Eoin Whelehan is a visual artist from Dublin, working predominantly in the field of illustration. His work involves themes such as local and popular culture, folklore, music and narrative storytelling. He is a member of Illustrators Ireland and Visual Artists Ireland since 2019 and he has been an active member of A4 Sounds Art Studios since 2015. He has exhibited in The Mill, The Graphic Print Studio, Wexford Arts Centre Annex, Ballina Arts Centre and A4 Sounds Gallery. His work has been featured in the Dublin Inquirer (2017 & 2019), and showcased by The Irish Art Center in New York (2020). In 2019, himself and writer Dara T. Higgins were awarded the runner’s up prize in the Irish Times inaugural 'Graphic Short Story Prize'.


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