Paddy Brown’s The Cattle Raid of Cooley collected!

The Cattle Raid of Cooley, Belfast-based illustrator, cartoonist and musician Paddy Brown‘s much-praises comics adaptation of the ancient Irish epic Táin Bó Cúailnge, is now available in a single volume.

The Cattle Road of Cooley and Ness by Paddy Brown

Paddy – whose work has also appeared in Lightning StrikeRomantic Mayhem, Sector 13, Futurequake and other anthologies, serialised The Cattle Raid of Cooley on the web from 2008 to 2015. The story centres on Cú Chulainn, a teenage rookie border guard alone against an invading army – and the machinations of the gods.

Paddy previously sold the story in print as ten comic book issues. Now, with minor revisions, it’s in the format it was always meant for: a 284-page oversize paperback, printed as it was drawn – in red ink.

The Cattle Raid of Cooley by Paddy BrownSome of Paddy Brown’s distinctive red ink art for The Cattle Raid of Cooley

Some of Paddy Brown’s distinctive red ink art for The Cattle Raid of Cooley

“An exceptional feat,” noted Irish Imba Books of the story. “Realistic, extremely well researched and avoids all the fantasy clichés by focusing on the characters … effectively capturing the violent reality of inter-tribal warfare and feuds.”

Ness, the prequel to Cattle Road of Cooley, starring Cú Chulainn’s grandmother in her youth, has also been collected before as an A5 black and white volume.

When her father, the king of Ulster, is powerless to stop a murderous outlaw, she turns outlaw herself to hunt him down. But will her father’s house still be there to come back to when the job’s done?

Now out of copies of Ness as previously published, Paddy has reprinted it in the same oversize, red ink format as the Cattle Raid.

The Cattle Raid of Cooley and Ness are both are available to buy online from Paddy’s Comicsy shop

Omagh Comic Fest 2019
Omagh Comic Fest 2019

• Paddy also has a table next Saturday, 14th September 2019, at the Omagh Comic Fest in the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, where the books will be on sale in the real world for the first time

All art copyright Paddy Brown. With thanks to David McDonald of Hibernia Press for the heads up

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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