Friday, April 16, 2010

Cork City has finally opened her doors to us

Two fine Cork City bookshops have taken Rírá to their hearts. If you live in Cork or happen to shop where they are feel free to ask for Issue 1 and 2 there:

Liam Russell Bookshop,
49/50 Oliver Plunkett Street
Co Cork
Fón: 021 4270981

Other Realms,
Paul Street Shopping Centre
Paul Street, Cork, Co. Cork
Fón: 021 422 2224

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Feedback on Rírá from Ohio

Right we got a little feedback on Rírá from a reader in Cleveland Ohio:

A Chairde,

Tá áthas an domhain orm go bhfuil coimic ar fáil faoi dheireadh i
nGaeilge! Comhghairdeas libh! Tá beirt pháiste agam anseo i
gCleveland, Ohio, agus tá mé á dtógáil trí mheán na Gaeilge. Tá siad
seacht agus cúig bhliain d'aois. Fuair muid RíRá eagrán 1 agus 2 sa
phost dhá lá ó shin agus tá siad ag caint faoi RíRá ó shin! Tá mé ag
léamh RíRá leo le linn an bhricfeasta agus roimh dul a luí agus
iarrann m'iníon orm na scéalta a insint agus mé ag tiomaint sa charr.
Bíonn orm cur síos a dhéanamh ar gach pictiúr di.!! Is iontach an
deis cainte dúinn é.

Hello all the people who are making RíRá possible!
Congratulations to you all from Cleveland, Ohio!
I am from Donegal, a teacher by profession, I spent five years
teaching the Irish language at the University of Wisconsin,
Milwaukee. I have two children to whom I only speak Irish. They are
completely bi-lingual, as their Daddy speaks English to them. My son,
Conall, is seven, and my daughter, Aisling, is five. Eagrán 1 and 2
of RíRá arrived at our house two days ago! The children haven't
stopped talking about it! RíRá has taken over the bedtime stories and
breakfast time for the past two days, with both kids sitting on my
knee and eating their cereal while I read to them from RíRá! My son
is using RíRá to teach himself to read in Irish! He has also resumed
drawing his own comic strips!
My daughter makes me describe the comic strips in RíRá frame by frame
and tell her what the speech and thought bubbles say from memory as I
am driving to and from various places! It may help me ward off
cognitive difficulties in old age!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rírá 2 is Out Next Week

It's true I've been quiet here over the last few months but have actually been busy behind it all. The next issue of Rírá has finally gone to the printers and next Wednesday I will have boxes of them delivered to Coimicí Gael. We should have the shop up and running then too for the next issue (as well as the previous issue for those who haven't gotten it yet).

Since I last put up stuff here we have been featured on RTE's Nationwide with John Cullen the artist behind Blackstar/Dúréalt. Mike Lynch and I made brief appearances in the report as well. Loads of people saw the mag on the telly and are asking about it now which is the main thing. If you feel like seeing the results check it out here:

Also we were invited to talk at the Ennis Book Festival along with Declan Shalvey of 28 Days Later and Frankenstein fame was there, Gerry Hunt the creator behind Blood Upon the Rose, Stephen Coffey of Celtic Knights and Dave O'Leary comic journo from was there asking us questions in front of an audience who for the most part wouldn't have attended a comic or graphic novel panel. It was a great experience and was fun talking with Declan, Gerry, Stephen and Dave there.

So with all that I reckon I will be back posting here on a regular basis again but keep in mind next issue is out soon.