QUICK QUESTIONS WITH Cathal Duggan



 Cathal Duggan

Cathal Duggan



WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO COMICS?
My name is Cathal Duggan and I’ve worked on two self-published Windell comics written by Garret Shanley.

WHAT COMIC ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
I’m working on a graphic novel at the moment.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
Finishing anything. Panel, Page, story, book.
WHAT’S THE WORST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
The time sink. Not realising something is pants until AFTER you’ve inked it.
HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER COMICS?
Roy of the Rovers, Victor, Hotspur, Warlord, Dan Dare annuals. All bought by the mother.
WHO IS THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR WORK?
Too many to mention. When I was drawing windell I looked at stuff by Curt Swan, Ogden Whitney and Steve Ditko.
WHAT TOOLS OF THE TRADE DO YOU USE?
Lots of pens, pencils, pigment liners. I’ve started using brush pens for initial lines and then I go back in with fine nibs to tighten it up. I like uniformly thick lines with no bumps on ’em.
WHAT IS THE SINGLE WORK OF WHICH YOU ARE MOST PROUD?
I haven’t created enough to make a meaningful choice between the two books I’ve worked on to date. I made a lot of mistakes but you learn from those. Like Jeffrey Archer had to. I actually really like Enormous Man because the script was pretty much perfect.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
Never give up. Always believe in yourself. Don’t stop believeing… in yourself and never give up. NEVER BELIEVE… ALWAYS YOURSELF… DON’T STOP… GIVE UP THE GHOST… JUST GIVE UP YOU FUCKING QUITTER!!!
WHAT IS THE WORST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
My career guidance counsellor, Fr O’Boyle, sternly advising me that I should go into actuary.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT IRISH COMIC SCENE?
I hate the word scene. It’d be nice if it was an industry. Whether that’s feasible or not is the question. You need a market for non-genre content like they have in France and Belgium. There are certainly enough talented writers and artists about the place. People here should think globally in terms of getting their work noticed.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN IRISH COMIC IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
First and foremost, I hope people continue making comics and improving. After that, it would be nice to see them breaking through to a point where they could gain a wider readership and a wage.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN COMICS IN GENERAL IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Less comics that look like they’re set in some weird exterior nightclub would be a start.

WHAT WAS THE LAST COMIC THAT MADE AN IMPACT ON YOU?
The last one I read made an impact. Absence by Andy Luke and Stephen Downey.

FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO START MAKING THEIR OWN COMICS? (And don’t say DON’T 🙂 )
Understanding sequential art craft is primary, even over and above drawing technique.
ANY FINAL THOUGHTS?
I do have some final thoughts but I’ll keep them to myself just in case the markets are listening.


Cathal Duggan is a cartoonist and illustrator who has worked on  two self-published comic volumes, Windells Superhero Showcase and Windells Supernatural Showcase (Yonder) with writer Garret Shanley. He is currently working on a graphic novel.
You can see his work at www.salvossalvo.blogspot.com