Hello! I'm Paddy Lynch, a cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer from Dublin, Ireland.
I like to make drawings and images that tell stories and communicate ideas.
Books and comics I have illustrated include: Big Jim (with Rory McConville 2013, the O'Brien Press), My Last Day at 17 (with Doug DuBois, 2015, Aperture Foundation) and my comics series Last Bus (Cardboard Press). I run the monthly Dublin Comic Jam, and publish other folks' zines and comics under the Cardboard Press imprint.
Conceived as an opportunity to showcase some of Irelands most exciting and original indie comic creators together in a beautifully designed and produced publication, Stray Lines will make a handsome addition to any graphic novel collection as well as being a go-to source for new original Irish comic book talent.
I’m both super excited and incredibly nervous about this project as it’s the biggest and most ambitious project we have ever undertaken. The work from all the participants is absolutely top class and we can’t wait to share it with the world.
It’s a one hour documentary about the development of the independent music/punk/DIY in Ireland scene over the last 5-20 years that I whole-heartedly support at every opportunity even while I am increasingly less involved in a playing/participatory capacity. I’m not going to go on too much, but I recommend everyone watch it, especially anyone who may not be that well versed in the DIY/Independent music scene.
Great footage of loads of bands you will have heard of and even more that you may not have heard of. This scene directly influenced my thinking and work as a self-publishing comic and zine artist. It’s not a manifesto, but I wouldn’t be doing what I am today without it.
Since 2008, Anto Dillon and various enablers have organised a fantastic annual day-long celebration of all things DIY. What I especially love about it is the cross pollination between the DIY punk, zine, alt-comics, lowbrow/underground art and activism communities that happens at this fair. I feel an affinity with all of these scenes to a greater or lesser extent, but it’s only here that they come together in such a special way. I always try to donate some time to put together a poster for it. This year I may be running late, but I’m well pleased with the results.
So March 1st is officially ‘Creator Owned Day‘ in the comics world, a day where artists post characters of their own creation on their websites, so in the spirit of solidarity, here’s a rather quick sketch of Daniel ‘Danno’ Kirwan. – a confused and angry young man of 23 who ‘works’ as a self appointed security guard down his local Chinese takeaway. He’ll be the focus of my next self-penned story which will be going into a very special anthology that I’m very excited about. It’s still a bit too early to announce any more details, but I’m excited. I’ll leave it at that.