Art. Technology. Conventions. Fans. Business. Comic book culture in Ireland is as complex as it is seemingly hidden from the public eye between conventions and bigbudget movie releases. Taking a look at the convention scene across various niche areas, and around the country, and interviewing a crosssection of Ireland’s artists, publishers, cosplayers and event organisers, CO/MIX explores the world of Ireland’s comic book culture, as an expression of fandom, as an industry, and as a community.
The group wishes to thank their families, friends and loved ones for their support and patience throughout the duration of this project, for all the late nights spent editing, and all the weekends spent shooting. The group would like to thank the panel - Karl Grimes, Miriam Judge, Declan Tuite, Liz Greene, and William Tuke - for their advice and encouragement, which drove us to push ourselves as much as possible across every step of the production. A special thank you to our classmates for the regular boosts in morale, particularly in the final few weeks of production. We are fortunate to have such an incredibly supportive and close-knit peer group with whom we could learn this past year. CO/MIX would not have been possible without the participation of our interviewees: Stephen Lynch, Tina Branigan, Emma Byrne, Anthea West, Tríona Farrell, Will Sliney, Paddy Lynch, Eoin McAuley, Robert Glick, Ryan Wade, and Danielle Smyth. We could also like to express our thanks to Paul Raven and Mary-Louise Higgins, for allowing us to share in their special day, and to all the cosplayers, artists and traders who agreed to be filmed at conventions. In particular, a thanks to Aaron Keenan for his unbridled enthusiasm, and to Niall Cavanagh and Nathan Donnell of NN Comics for their encouragement in the early stages of production. Thank you to the staff, volunteers, and attendees of the conventions and events we attended throughout the production: Anime Dublin, Ireland Cosplay Con, Q-Con, Arcade Con, Dublin Comic Con, the comicbooks.ie mini-con, the Comic Labs, and the Dublin Comic Jam. Your interest in the project, support for the group, and love of comic book culture helped us persevere on the long days and nights that CO/MIX demanded. A final thank you to the Stag’s Head and to the Old Bar, for allowing the group to film when other locations were not possible.
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