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The Invisible Artist
January 9, 2012
nvtv, belfast, northern ireland, the cattle raid of cooley, belfast people's comic, comics, ireland, underground publishing, black sheep media, hewritage, hidden heritage, cartoon, comic booklet, mas media
The comic booklet: once a mass market media form, it has all but disappeared from our shelves in the last twenty years. This film explores the hidden heritage of Belfast centric cartooning that goes back centuries. More recently the vibrant underground publishing scene here, from The Belfast People's Comic (1,977) to The Cattle Raid of Cooley (2,011), has begun to attract attention from establishment arts bodies. We look at the stories of committed creators in this black sheep media and how they have informed our contemporary culture.