‘A Bloodcurdling Explosion of Magical Realism’ – New Graphic Novel from Wexford Comic Artist Nick Roche
Signed copies of “Scarenthood,” a graphic novel by Wexford comic book illustrator Nick Roche, have been on sale at the Wexford Book Center, with an exhibition of original artwork from the series continuing at the Presentation Enniscorthy Center until December 18.
The Collected Edition is based on a solo comic book series that was written and created by Nick with coloring pages by Chris O ‘Halloran from Cork and was published by US comic book publisher IDW. It was previously only available in single issues at specialty comic book stores.
Described as a popular suburban horror and dark sitcom, it takes place in modern-day Ireland and follows a group of parents who go on a ghost hunt after dropping their children off in kindergarten. They disrupt an ancient evil buried under the old parish hall, uncovering a decades-old mystery about a missing child.
Wexford bestselling author Eoin Colfer described it as “an explosion of blood-curdling magical realism and perfect for parents and demonic entities in this world and beyond.”
Seamus O’Reilly, the bestselling author of ‘Did You Hear Mammy Died’, wrote the following recommendation: “I love Scarenthood more than any other comic novel on the shelves. It is unmistakably and unabashedly Irish. A journey through the terrors that inhabit the heart of each parent. Scarenthood deserves to be devoured.
Nick (41), now a parent himself, produced his first comic book when he was 17. He is a full-time artist, illustrator and writer who has worked for Marvel Comics, on IDW’s Transformers series and 2000AD.
He traditionally works, using pencils and pens rather than drawing digitally using a graphics tablet, which means he is the creator of the original work.
Original Scarenthood artwork is featured in the Presentation Center exhibit, where people can purchase pen and ink pages from the book as well as exclusive signed fine art prints.
The book is also available through Amazon, the Book Depository or Kindle.