Alliance Française Dublin , Illustrators Ireland and the French Embassy in Irelandare proud to celebrate the 8th Anniversary of their partnership in presenting the Fête de l ’illustration & de la Bande Dessinée. In 2023, we present a comic book festival that celebrates the diverse traditions of the French ‘Bande Dessinée’ and the Irish tradition of Storytelling. We will welcome a range of creative talent to the Alliance Francaise, guaranteed to inspire, entertain and amaze.
The 8th Comic Book Festival Dublin, taking place from 17th to 20th May, will include a series of events including discussions, live readings, screenings, and creative workshops for children, teenagers and adult .
All events are free of charge. Please note early booking is essential (except for the Exhibition)
We are honoured to welcome this year 11 illustrators and comic book authors of French and English languages. Many thanks to all of them.
Sarah Bowie is an author and illustrator based in Waterford City, Ireland. Since 2015, she has published three books for children, and her stories have appeared in The Guardian and The Irish Times. Her fourth book, Kevin's In A Mood, launched March 13th. Sarah is co-founder of The Comics Lab (a space to explore visual storytelling) and of Ireland’s first Graphic Short Story Prize in partnership with The Irish Times. She is founder of the weekly meetup group Waterford Sketchers.
Fiona Dowling is a French-Irish visual artist, performer and storyteller living in the West of Ireland. The inspiration for her work comes from her childhood spent between Ireland and France- a contrast of two worlds: the exuberant and colourful world of her street-trader father in Dublin and the orderly world of her conservative grandparents in France
Dowling is currently weaving all the strands of her art to tell her full story in the graphic novel Excuse my French.
Debbie Jenkinson is a cartoonist from Dublin. Her comics explore the glorious absurdity, heartache and mundanity of our existences, like Remorse, a comic about a girl who gets trapped in a call centre job for ten years. Her most recent book, the graphic thriller Ghosting, won the ICN Awards’ Overall Best Irish Comic 2020 and made The Irish Times’ Best Graphic Novel of 2021 list. She recently launched Midlands, a book about a homesick pharmacist in small town Ireland.
Julien has always loved comics, from lazy summer afternoons spent at his grandmother’s house, a stack of comics by his side, to creating his own stories at the École des Arts d’Ixelles
Even now, although he works as a French teacher in Ireland, he always finds the time to allow his imagination take shape on paper and loves to share these stories with an enthusiast public during the live readings at the Alliance Française.
Nathaniel Legendre is native from Cherbourg and a Beaux-Arts graduate. He brought comic book authors from across France to produce fanzines and create innovative illustrations for the Comic Box magazine. By 2020 he had scripted 18 albums, including Zigeuner, 1st prize in the comic book category by VSD magazine. In October 2022, Orep published Mystère à la Cité de la Mer, an illustrated children’s book drawn and edited by Legendre.
Nene Lonergan is a Thai-Chinese artist living in Ireland . She is an illustrator and comic artist, and currently an animation student at Limerick School of Art and Design. Her works have been published in the OPArts: Out of Place Artifacts anthology and the HOME anthology . She was part of Childrens’ Books Ireland’s first ‘Raising Voices’ fellowship programme. In a difficult world, she enjoys creating images that make people feel okay
Mari Rolin is a Brazilian artist, linguist, and occasional writer, currently residing in Kerry, Ireland. She is one half of the team behind the webcomic Chaotic Neutral and the editing of the anthology OPArt (2021, Romaria Comics). She is also an artist in several other comic book anthologies, including Turning Roads (2021), Down Below (2022) , and Home (2022). She self-published zines Buyoancy (2020) and Profile (2021).
Margaret Anne illustrates with a cheerful colour palette and a distinct femininity. She serves as a Director for both Illustrators Ireland and IBBYIreland. She also lectures part-time at Ballyfermot CFE, where she founded the illustration course. Mags’ recent awards include an Arts Council Bursary and a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. Her solo exhibition, Home is Where the Heart Is, opened in July at Garter Lane in Wexford.
Melody is a French illustrator and cartoonist with Vietnamese origins.
She is passionate about understanding human nature and connecting with others through their shared stories.
Her illustrated works can be seen in various magazines and podcasts. Her first book was published in 2022 , La cuisine vietnamienne illustrée (Mango Editions), a fully illustrated Vietnamese cookbook.
Melanie Whelan is an Illustrator, writer, and comic book maker. Her work explores the connections between humans and the natural world. Whelan's short story collection Dispatches from the West won the DCAF printing prize in 2018. She is currently working on a full-length Graphic Novel titled Journey to Ciudad Perdida.
Eoin Whelehan is a visual artist from Dublin. His work uses a range of influences – music, graphic novels and comics, urban environments, puns and historical practises. His creative process encompasses the traditional disciplines of drawing and painting, incorporating mixed media and digital experiments.