The Naughton Gallery at Queens launched a new series of talks to coincide with cartoonist Keiler Roberts‘ solo exhibition, running from the 24 June to 7 August 2016. On Friday 29 July, Irish graphic novelist and lecturer in Comics, Graphic Novels and Sequential Art, Fionnuala Doran spoke with Naughton curator Ben Crothers about her work and the new wave of contemporary female graphic novelists.
Doran’s graphic novel, The Trial of Roger Casement, was released in September 2016 by Self Made Hero:
In 1911 Roger Casement was knighted by King George V for his humanitarian work. Five years later, he was hanged for treason. The Trial of Roger Casement traces the astonishing downfall of an Irishman once feted for his compassion but later condemned as both a revolutionary and a homosexual.
Fionnuala Doran follows Casement’s efforts to gain German support for an independent Ireland, his drive to recruit volunteers and his subsequent arrest in Co Kerry. This politically charged and enlightening graphic novel pictures Casement’s three day interrogation at Scotland Yard, his incarceration in the Tower of London, and his time in the dock at the Old Bailey. Hopes of a reprieve begin to vanish when his private diaries are seized and circulated by the police, but Casement’s defiance never wavers: there, in the courtroom, he delivers one of the greatest speeches of all time.
Roberts’ is the award nominated graphic novelist behind “Powdered Milk”, a series of minicomics exploring relationship and interactions with family and friends. This is her first solo show outside the United States featuring original artwork, preliminary sketches, wall drawings and the minicomics themselves.