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Malachy Coney is a writer and cartoonist from Belfast. He grew up in Ardoyne in the north of the city. His first notable comics work was a two-episode installment of Third World War, "A Symphony of Splintered Wood", co-written with Pat Mills and painted by Sean Phillips, in issues 22 and 23 of Fleetway's anthology Crisis in 1989. Mills had taken on various co-writers for episodes dealing with specific geopolitical situations, and Coney's episodes concerned Northern Ireland's "Troubles".

In 1993-94 he wrote the three issue series Holy Cross, each issue a self-contained story set in the same district of north Belfast, published by Fantagraphics. The first issue was drawn by Davy Francis, the second by English artist Chris Hogg, and the third by P. J. Holden. Coney and Holden also collaborated on the Holy Cross graphic novel The Moon Looked Down and Laughed, published by Fantagraphics in 1997.

He self-published a number of small press comics during the early 1990s, including The Good Father, a story of family and sexuality, and a gay-themed parody superhero comic, Major Power and Spunky, drawn by Sean Doran, which also appeared in the anthologies Gay Comics and Buddies, and in a one-shot published by Fantagraphics' Eros imprint in 1994. Eros also published Coney and Holden's The Dandy Lion in 1997. A third gay superhero parody, The Simply Incredible Hunk, was drawn and self-published by Holden. In the mid-1990s he and Doran created Catholic Lad, a response to the photostrip Orangeman, for the local arts magazine dv8. In 1997 He contributed to the Belfast anthology DNA Swamp, writing the Irish mythological superhero series "Keltor", illustrated by Christian Kotey, and the one-off strip "Lie Dreams of a Homo Pacedermus", drawn by Doran.

In 1998-1999 he had a run on Marc Silvestri's The Darkness from Top Cow/Image, initially co-written with Garth Ennis. The "Spear of Destiny" story arc introduced a new character, the Magdalena, who has since appeared in her own comic. He plotted and co-wrote, with Steven Grant, the "Hell on Earth" storyline for Harris Comics' Vampirella Monthly in 1998. The same year he co-wrote a short animated film, Second Helpings, with director Joel Simon, about a chubby 8-year-old girl and her dreams of being model-slim.

From 2003 to 2005 he wrote and drew "Ouija Board, Ouija Board", a full-page comic strip based on his observations of Belfast life and events, for the Northern Irish political and cultural magazine Fortnight, to which he also contributed articles and illustrations, and self-published the first issue of Good Craic Comics in 2003. He also contributed to the Belfast anthology Small Axe.

He has contributed to the online multimedia anthology Tales of the.... His first contribution was "The Colour of Love", a full colour strip created in the early 1990s with painted art by Sean Hamilton, his second a one-page topical strip called "The Coney Express".

In 2012 he scripted, from an idea by Rob Curley, the historical adventure series Noe the Savage Boy, drawn by Stephen Downey and published by Atomic Diner.

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