♦ Portsmouth Comic Con takes place 5-6 May 2018 and Tripwire is proud to be a part of it. Here is the fifth spotlight feature on one of its special guests, Declan Shalvey…
Declan Shalvey is an Irish artist and writer who first made his name on the UK indie comic Hero Killers which won him an Eagle Award. He soon moved on to work for Classical Comics, work which led to him being noticed by Marvel and DC. He has worked on All-Star Batman for DC and Thunderbolts, Moon Knight, Deadpool and Civil War: Choosing Sides for Marvel. He has also had his work published extensively at Image Comics on series like Injection and the original graphic novel Savage Town which he wrote for artist Phillip Barrett.
He said in an interview in 2016 for Comics Alliance that his path to working in comics professionally wasn’t straightforward: “I’ve always wanted to do it, as long as I can remember. My main problem was that I had absolutely no idea how to do it. After I finished secondary school I went to an art college that was reasonably close to my home, as I didn’t really know what else to do. I was self-taught up until that point really. I ended up getting a degree in Fine Art Printmaking, and while that didn’t help me get into comics in any way shape or form, I did have a lot more knowledge when it came to the study of art; of techniques; and accepting the idea of being an artist, which is something that’s hard to really embrace where I’m from.” Comics Alliance Declan Shalvey Interview
His distinctive style as an artist has won him fans around the world – his growing canon a testament to his versatility. His academic attention to detail has made him an artist that has managed to straddle the line between indie comics and mainstream titles, his use of colour, line and panel composition a method to delineate character and mood while beguiling the reader.
His candid interviews reveal a man who understands and relishes the nuts and bolts of framing a narrative and storyboarding each issue he works on, while his move into writing (essentially developing his ability on the hoof) giving him the prospect of working on future projects as an auteur, controlling all aspects of the creative process. Already an accomplished name in the industry, Shalvey still has the potential to go even further on both work for hire series and pet projects like Savagetown, which grew from a need to emulate his hero Roddy Doyle, while also paying tribute to his roots. We are delighted to have Declan on board.
Tickets are available now for Portsmouth Comic Con. Please visit the website for details on the show
And here’s the other guest spotlights so far