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AVATARS and PROFILE PICTURES

LOOKING FOR YOUR OWN CUSTOM AVATAR?

Here’s some Avatars and Profile Pictures I did over the last while. I do these quite regularly for people so if you want me to do one for you email me tommiekelly AT gmail.com They cost €35 and I can usually get them done with 24 hours for you.

All I need is some good quality high resolution images of you (or whomever you want me to draw) and we go from there.

THESE ARE DIGITAL IMAGES, You will not get printed versions. They are designed to be used on Facebook, Twitter etc.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Custom Avatars and Profile pictures.
Custom Avatars and Profile pictures.

Blog Questions pass the parcel!

PADDY LYNCH recently nominated me to partake in The Writers Blog Tour. The idea is that everyone answers four seemingly innocuous questions about their work and process and then nominates several others to take up the baton. Here are my answers.

WHAT AM I WORKING ON NOW?
Hard to say really. I have an army of ideas floating around in my head but none of them are really making me happy or inspired. I have started and stopped a number of projects over the last few months as I just can’t seem to get into them fully.

One of the major obstacles I can’t get over is the whole “What’s the point?” wall. It’s very hard to get motivated when you know that ultimately only a handful of people will read it. The amount of effort and time that went into THE HOLY NUMBERS and THEM is just not justified by the interest that they generated.

Now I’m not saying “Boo Hoo, I deserve to be more popular”, far from it. I obviously don’t deserve to be more popular or I would be. I always read and believed that if you truly write the story you want to tell, be as honest as possible and produce work that shines from your soul then the world will recognise you and thank you for it. Turns out, that’s not the case and I feel more than a little dumb for having thought so.

The Holy Numbers and especially THEM, is as good as I get. They are exactly how I wanted them to be (bar a few panels here and there). I am so happy and proud of them but ultimately the questions that must be pondered are: Is my best just not good enough? Perhaps I just don’t have anything worthwhile to contribute and what if I am never going to get “there”?

Hard questions to answer honestly without giving up some part of yourself or for things to seem hopeless.

This year marks my 8th year in comics. My very first comic THE END sold pretty much exactly the same amount as my last comic THEM. That has to be looked at with and seen for what it is.

Yes, you should only write for yourself and all that, but if that was the case no book would ever be published. Every writer wants to be read, every artist wants to be seen. It’s communication and talking to yourself is quite boring after awhile.

So yea, what am I working on? Mostly on finding a reason to work on something.

But look, I’m happy, life is (mostly) awesome and all that, don’t get me wrong. I’m just saying all this because I was asked the question and I felt like being honest. I just never expected to be 36 and still wondering “What the fuck am I going to do with my life?” [smileyface]

HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?
I guess comics are mostly known for Superheroes. I’m not a superhero guy at all. I wish I was, it would probably make it easier. My comics are mostly about two people talking in a room, very little action, boatloads of symbolism and a splashing of the occult.

WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I DO?
I guess it must be the same for everyone. I write the way I do because it’s the only way I can write. I write stories and characters that interest me. I write comics to try to change some aspect of my thoughts or life, almost like a sigil. I write to clear out broken parts of my soul. I write about things that don’t normally come up in day-to-day conversation.

HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK?
I spend months walking round outside my house smoking too much and drinking too much coffee until I have a decent grasp on an idea. Then I try my best to stay out of the process as much as possible and let the story and characters speak for themselves. I usually have 2 or 3 major beats that I work within but am totally not precious about them and am very happy to be lead somewhere else.

I nominate Andy Winter, Gavin  McCumiskey and Walter Shuler. 

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THEM is Now Free

 

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Roman, a struggling but dedicated painter is trying to find his place in the world. He never quite fit in with the rest of the world and feels that somehow he is different than most people. He believes that the Universe is in some way, out to get him, and that chance, luck and opportunity are passing him by. However, a new idea has come into the world which has his future in mind. Roman soon finds the world is a quite different place than he thought and that his destiny is much more in his own hands than it seems.

THE PDF IS NOW FREE and you can get it here: http://bit.ly/18lJphf

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THE HOLY NUMBERS is now FREE

preview-imageThe Holy Numbers by Tommie Kelly, tells the story of a spiritual movement founded by a man calling himself Ravensdale, who claims to have experienced some kind of spiritual enlightenment, but dies as the movement is becoming huge leaving behind people who have a much different vision than his.

The PDF is now FREE and you can get it here: http://bit.ly/1isf197

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ART: My Forgotten Sacred Heart

My Forgotten Sacred Heart
My Forgotten Sacred Heart – Tommie Kelly

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My first finished piece of 2014. It’s titled “My Forgotten Sacred Heart”. All done digitally 90% Manga Studio, 10% Photoshop.

Really like this one, it’s pretty much exactly how I seen it in my head before I started.

On the downside, I saved over the high resolution version with a low resolution flatted version. I managed to kinda save it but I did lose some quality. So probably won’t be able to do a print of this one.

Zara Rogers and the Future

Zara Rogers probably isn’t going to happen. At least not for the foreseeable future.

I have thought long and hard about this but it has become clear to me that I was doing Zara Rogers for all the wrong reasons. The drastic change of style and theme was basically my reaction to the reviews of THEM and The Holy Numbers, where they say the story and colouring are OK but the art itself isn’t great. In fact the word amateurish was used more than once.

While I am aware that one shouldn’t give too much credence to reviews this certainly got under my skin. The fact that THEM did so poorly sales-wise also added to the shaky feeling. A huge part of me wanted to show everyone: “Look I can draw, I can do the comics the way you want me to” which so resembles “Please Love me” it’s ridiculous.

So I have spent the last few weeks staying away from social media to a large extend to try to get my mind together on what the future is going to be. For the first time in years I do not know what my next comic project is going to be, but I do know that it won’t be a comic that I try to sellout to try to impress people or attempt to become worthy.

While I am aware of all the room for improvement in my art and style, it’s the one I am going to pursue as it’s the style I enjoy doing the most and enjoy looking at the most, and if that means that my current level of success is all that I will ever attain, I am OK with that.

Anyway, sorry to those who were looking forward to the comic. It might have been a decent comic, but it wouldn’t have been an honest one.

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THE HOLY NUMBERS

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Winner of the Best Web or Digital Comic in the 2013 ICN Awards is available as a complete digital collection.  The full Colour 122 Page PDF can be instantly downloaded by paying whatever amount you wish. Just click on the Paypal button, enter your amount and you’ll be re-directed to the PDF.




WHAT IS THE HOLY NUMBERS?
The Holy Numbers by Tommie Kelly, tells the story of a spiritual movement founded by a man calling himself Ravensdale, who claims to have experienced some kind of spiritual enlightenment, but dies as the movement is becoming huge leaving behind people who have a much different vision than his.

You can get issues of THE HOLY NUMBERS on COMIXOLOGY too!

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THEM COLLECTED EDITION Now Available.




 

Roman, a struggling but dedicated painter is trying to find his place in the world. He never quite fit in with the rest of the world and feels that somehow he is different than most people. He believes that the Universe is in some way, out to get him, and that chance, luck and opportunity are passing him by. However, a new idea has come into the world which has his future in mind. Roman soon finds the world is a quite different place than he thought and that his destiny is much more in his own hands than it seems.

THEM REVIEWS:
GIRLS LIKE COMICS
SOMETHING COMICS
KRANK.IE #1
KRANK.IE #2
POP CULTURE HOUND #46

THEM INTERVIEWS:
ICN JUNE 2013
SWAP MEET PODCAST
Them #1
Them #2
THEM #3

NEW DIGITAL COMPLETE ROAD CREW COLLECTION

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Road Crew is the much loved comic created by Tommie Kelly, that initially ran daily from April 2008 to December 2009.  The characters are all Roadies of some kind or another. Jim is the Soundman, Matt is the Lampy, Eric is the dog’s body or gofer, and Drake is the worst (but Typical) Road Manager. But in fairness it was always a bit stranger than that.green-monkey-comics

Now. for the first time, a full colour digital collection is available from GREEN MONKEY COMICS   as a PAY WHAT YOU WANT download. This digital PDF is 121 Pages of fully remastered and optimized comic pages containing all the classic Road Crew moments.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME ROAD CREW HAS BEEN COLLECTED IN COLOUR!

SUITABLE FOR MATURE READERS!

TO PURCHASE SIMPLY CLICK ON THE PAYPAL BUTTON BELOW, ENTER THE AMOUNT YOU WANT TO PAY AND THEN LET PAYPAL RE-DIRECT YOU TO THE PDF:




 

If you have any problems with your downloads or just need further information please mail: tommiekelly AT gmail DOT com.

GREEN MONKEY COMICS are also publishing the print versions of Tommie Kelly’s THEM #1 and a new print of ROAD CREW: FOR SALE, which will be available for the first time at DICE 2013.

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April Update and Emo Dude.

I like that I have two very different styles. Here’s the more cartoony one, similar to The Holy Numbers style but even simpler. For those that have an interest, I have scrapped my current ideas for the comic I was working on and have gone down a different path. I was expecting this actually, the same thing happened with The Holy Numbers. More news as my brain produces it.

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Irish Artist Tommie Kelly. Comics, Portraits, Avatars and Profile Pictures.