Programme Focus: Winging It!

Octo using duct tape to repair their cardboard wings

After two previous successful art workshops (Octocon’s Next Top Monster and Build-a-Monster), local artist Eimear Kelly returns to Octocon and invites you to create something maybe a little less monstrous: decorate and wear your very own fairy wings!
No age limits; materials supplied.

Programme Focus: Creating Indie Comics

We’re delighted to present a new workshop this year, hosted by local writer Paul Carroll.

Creating Indie Comics: From Idea to Print is a 80 minute workshop, running from 2:30pm (Sunday 13th October 2019).

Anyone attempting to get started in comics can face barriers to entry. In this workshop, Paul Carroll from Limit Break Comics will demystify the process of how a comic gets turned from an idea into a finished page. As well as introducing the different roles in the creation of a comic, Paul will show how to approach collaborators, plan finances for making comics, explain the printing and promotion processes for small press comics, and examine crowdfunding as a viable option for financing and distributing comics.
Suitable for older teens and adults; for anyone who wants to make comics and graphic novels but doesn’t know how to get started.

Paul Carroll

Paul Carroll is a writer and comic creator from Dublin. He is a founding member of Limit Break Comics and Cupán Fae, creating comics, novels and anthologies in sci-fi, fantasy and horror genres.
His recent comics include Plexus, a sci-fi collection successfully funded through Kickstarter, and Meouch, an action comedy about a killer cat.

Between writing projects, Paul is an illustrator and spreadsheet enthusiast.

Programme Focus: Lora O’Brien

Lora is an Irish Author, Teacher, and Guide with 20+ years personal and professional experience in our history, heritage, archaeology, mythology, and pre-christian Irish Spirituality. Publications include Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch, 2004; A Practical Guide to Irish Spirituality, 2013; Rathcroghan – a Journey, 2015; Tales of Old Ireland – Retold, 2018; and Pagan Priesthood, Llewellyn 2019.

She is a co-founder and Reverend legal celebrant with Pagan Life Rites Ireland, and with her partner Jon O’Sullivan she runs and the

This year at Octocon, Lora is presenting Irish Sidhe 101 – A Foundation with ‘the Fair Folk’ at 4pm (Sunday 13th October 2019).

Are they real? What are they? What different types are there? Are they small? Are they nice, or friendly?
While there aren’t exactly categorical, definitive answers to these and other common questions about the Fair Folk, in this talk Lora O’Brien looks at the Irish relationship to our Sidhe, and the views our ancestors might take based on our own folklore and traditions.

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Programme ideas and participants needed!

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