A new graphic novel tells the tale of the Trial of Roger Casement

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COMICS always figured in Fionnuala Doran’s life. She recalls being very small and reading the adventures of Asterix the Gaul and the Belgian reporter Tintin. In her teenage years, she gravitated towards the iconic mainstays of the DC and Marvel Comics universe, Superman and Batman, and the X-Men and Spider-Man, but there is one comic that has a special place in her affections, a syndicated comic strip of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that appeared in newspapers.

 

Generally, three panels in length, her grandfather would cut them out and glue them into a scrapbook so she could read them all in one sitting as one continuous story. A graphic novel, if you will.

The protagonists in Doran’s own comics may also be heroes associated with the colour green, but that’s where any comparison with our wisecracking amphibians ends. Doran’s protagonists are historically real and complex, and, to date, include Countess Markievicz and Roger Casement. Growing up in the 1980s in Lurgan, Co Armagh, Doran says it was hard to avoid such nationalist and revolutionary figures.

Period14 Oct 2016

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  • TitleA new graphic novel tells the tale of the Trial of Roger Casement
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletThe Irish Examiner
    Media typePrint
    Duration/Length/Size756 words
    CountryIreland
    Date14/10/16
    DescriptionCOMICS always figured in Fionnuala Doran’s life. She recalls being very small and reading the adventures of Asterix the Gaul and the Belgian reporter Tintin. In her teenage years, she gravitated towards the iconic mainstays of the DC and Marvel Comics universe, Superman and Batman, and the X-Men and Spider-Man, but there is one comic that has a special place in her affections, a syndicated comic strip of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that appeared in newspapers.

    Generally, three panels in length, her grandfather would cut them out and glue them into a scrapbook so she could read them all in one sitting as one continuous story. A graphic novel, if you will.

    The protagonists in Doran’s own comics may also be heroes associated with the colour green, but that’s where any comparison with our wisecracking amphibians ends. Doran’s protagonists are historically real and complex, and, to date, include Countess Markievicz and Roger Casement. Growing up in the 1980s in Lurgan, Co Armagh, Doran says it was hard to avoid such nationalist and revolutionary figures.
    Producer/AuthorDon O'Mahony
    PersonsFionnuala Doran

Keywords

  • Interview
  • LGBT History
  • Irish history