Wednesday 17 January 2018

What a marvel! Spider-Man is a swinging success for Irish artist

Spider-Man artwork by Cork man Will Sliney
Spider-Man artwork by Cork man Will Sliney
Image from Celtic Warrior the Legend of Chu Chullain by Will Sliney
Spider-Man artwork by Will Sliney for new Marvel comics
Will Sliney

Joe Leogue

Artist Will Sliney is enjoying swinging success as he draws the latest instalment in the iconic 'Spider-Man' series for Marvel comics.

The web-slinging superhero lives in New York city but his latest adventures are illustrated by Mr Sliney, who comes from the seaside village of Ballycotton in Cork.

'Spider-Man 2099' is the latest comic book series to be launched by Marvel, the multi-billion-dollar entertainment giant.

The first issue in the new series, which tells the story of a Spider-Man of the future who has been thrown back in time to our present, was released internationally this week.

For the boy who grew up watching 'Spider-Man' on TV, drawing the character for a living is a dream come true.

"Spider-Man was always the dream for me. It was his cartoons that really got me interested in comic books," said Mr Sliney (31), right.

Mr Sliney's big break with Marvel comes after years of hard work in the industry.

"I've been working full-time in comic books for years. But my big break for Marvel actually came about thanks to a comic convention in Dublin called DICE. CB Cebulski, Marvel's talent scout, hired me based on the strength of my portfolio and my previously published work."

Other Realms, a dedicated comic book store in Cork city, said that it had sold out of its first order of 'Spider-Man 2099' by 10am yesterday.

Mr Sliney's previous work includes 'Celtic Warrior: The Legend of Cu Chulainn', a graphic novel retelling of the Irish mythical hero.

Irish Independent

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