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Kate Beaton
Isn't it Grand, Boys

Because my comics have so much white space, and I am new to all this, I keep trying different ways to get rid of it! Here my friends is: paintbrush. Now before anyone pipes in with "everyone knows Tom Clarke was the reaaaall leader behind the Easter Rising," I say hush and let me have my fun with Patrick Pearse, go 'way with you. Anyway Pearse could write some stirring stuff, I give him that.

James Connolly is my favorite leader of the Rising, and as the Marxist-Socialist, the odd one out. It was this quote I found in a book of essays that made me very interested in the man at first, it was very different:

Ireland, as distinct from her people, is nothing to me; and the man who is bubbling over with love and enthusiasm for ?Ireland? and yet can pass unmoved through our streets and witness all the wrong and the suffering, the shame and the degradation, wrought upon the people of Ireland ? yea, wrought by Irish men and women upon Irish men and women ? without burning to end it is, in my opinion, a fraud and a liar in his heart, no matter how he loves that combination of chemical elements he is pleased to call ?Ireland.?

Between you and I, I think Irish history is some of the most interesting stuff out there.


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The Beguiling, Toronto
Strange Adventures, Halifax
Legends Comics and Books, Victoria
Desert Island, Brooklyn




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