Nerve Centre Animator Creates Graphic Novel

Nerve Centre Animator Creates Graphic Novel

Pictured above at Government buildings with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD are Grainne Ní Raghallaigh and Colmán Ó Raghallaigh of Cló Mhaigh Eo to announce the publication of Myles na gCopaleen’s classic An Béal Bocht in graphic novel format. It has been adapted from the original by Colmán Ó Raghallaigh, edited by Breandán Ó Conaire and superbly illustrated by the Nerve Centre's John McCloskey. 

John McCloskey, an award-winning animator and film-maker who has been working in the Nerve Centre since 1994, has previously been shortlisted for a BAFTA and Cartoon D'or, and is a past winner of the Best Animated Film at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Celtic Film and Television Festival.

First published in 1941, An Beal Bocht is the only of Flann O'Brien's handful of novels written in Irish using the pen name Myles na gCopaleen. The novel was translated into English and published in 1973 as The Poor Mouth and has appeared in many other languages since. The title comes from the Irish expression 'putting on the poor mouth' which means to exaggerate the direness of one's situation in order to gain time or favour from creditors.

The Graphic Novel is available for purchase from An Culturlann, which is located on Great James Street in Derry, and from the following web address:

Alternatively, you can pick up a limited edition copy of the book in hard back (£20) or soft back (£10) formats, both of which have been signed by John McCloskey, from the front desk of the Nerve Centre.

Midnight Dance and The Crumblegiant, both works of John McCloskey, can be viewed below.

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