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Will Sliney

Comic Book Art

Updated: 2017-10-13T20:59:54.774+01:00


Spider-Man 2099 run.



Its been a funny old week


Daily Bugle!


Creative Space Cork


Announcing Creative Space Cork
Studio spaces available
Creative Space Cork is a one of a kind open studio that's designed to eliminate the boundries between creative industriy professionals and those wanting to break in.
This September, thanks to CIT we will be running an open studio for one week long. The mentors will be award winning director Shaun O Connor, concept artist Eva Widermann and myself.
So we invite anyone who wants to learn in these creative areas to join us in the studio and work alongside us, for free.
Spaces are limited so email me at
Anyone, from anywhere can apply
The dates are Wednesday Sept 17th through to Tuesday Sept 23rd. The location is Bishopstown.
There are a lot of well meaning folks behind this and it is designed to help promote the creative side of Cork .

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Cork Person of the Month


In what came as a huge shock to me, I am delighted and humbled to say that I've been awarded Cork Person of the Month. This is a huge honour for me and firstly I want to thank Manus O'Callaghan and everybody who is involved in the awards.

As everybody who knows me knows, I work in an industry where I literally can work from anywhere as long as I have an internet connection. But the truth is, I love Cork so much that I can't even think about living anywhere else.

While the scenery can be breathtaking at times (shout out to Ballycotton), it really is the people of Cork that makes it such a great place for me. Take a look at these awards this year. I am privileged to be in the company of such a wide variety of amazing people. Whether it's the trainers of a Cheltenham Gold cup winner, a Fishmonger who won the friendship of a Queen, a woman who won her right to Justice in the European Court of Human Rights, or the charitable nature of many others, I am blessed to be surrounded by such great people.

I've had book launches and illustrations exhibiting all over the world but I will never forget the support I got at my first book launch in Cork last year. There was a huge mixture of family, friends and fans of the book that provided such an overwhelming sense of support. It really is a county where you are always greeted with a smile that is backed up by genuine encouragement and well wishes.

Of course, this award would not have been possible without the backing of so many publishers over the years, none so more than Marvel. The opportunity they have given me to work on Spider-Man has helped me have my work shown all over the world and they truly have been a great company to work for. Everton, you folks aren't half bad either!

But really for me, the best thing about this award is that hopefully it will continue spreading the word that the time of Irish illustration is now. As a nation, we are just starting to make our mark on the world. Right now the major world wide companies are specifically coming to Ireland for our quality and professionalism, which is only helped by the Irish charm

They have listened to our music, watched our movies and read our books over the last century. But as it was a thousand years ago, in the times of the great illustrated books, like Kells, Leinster and Durrow, the rest of the world is starting to take notice and has begun invading for our illustrative talents. The only difference is, this time, they come bearing gifts!

As for my own work, I'm just at the start of what I'm hoping will be a career defining Spider-Man 2099 run. There will be a lot more illustrations for Everton too so I expect to be in the crowd cheering on the likes of Seamus Coleman. And last but not least, Hollywood has come knocking, so there will be more on that in the future!

So to the award organisers, thank you again. Hopefully at the overall Cork Person of the Year awards, if our President returns to host, he will have liked the drawing I did of him on the Late Late Show.

And finally, for the nomination and the eternal support, thank you Laura.

Spider-Man 2099


Here we go. Spider-Man 2099 begins on July 9th.

Art competition for kids


Shock to the System - Amazing Spider-Man Prequel


I'm going to (hopefully) post a mini commentary as each issue of Spider-Man 2099 launches

A couple of years ago I spent about a year living in New York city. To pass the time on the subway I would often take a sketchbook and quietly sketch everybody around me.

What I noticed most was how alien the fashion sense was to me, an Irish man from a small fishing village.

So imagine it from Miguel's perspective. A man from a different time. I'm going to try and highlight how bizarre modern day can look to him by picking some of the styles I observed myself while in New York

On that note. Cadence Comic Art
has some of my pages on sale. 

Original Art


For the first time ever for my Marvel work. I will have some originals on sale.

My procedure is a mixture of traditional and digital. This image outlines how it works.

Spidey School


Whenever I can, I try to pop into schools to teach them some art lessons. I get quite a few requests so at the moment I'm working on something that can that a lot of kids in Ireland can take part in.
Here is a picture that I was sent before a recent school trip

Spider-Man 2099


The series finale of Superior Spider-Man launches today.

I'm thrilled to be involved in it. Nice touch too that the first time I get to draw Peter Parker is the same day that Spider-Man is released in the cinema here.

Then, Two weeks later, you will find the start of my new Spider-Man 2099 series in the Amazing Spider-Man issue 1, which judging by pre-orders is going to be the best selling comic of the 21st century so far.

Spider-Man 2099 will be written by the one and only Peter David.

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I have a story in the final issue of Superior Spider-Man. Stay tuned here for an announcement for what comes after soon



Recently I have been lucky enough to start work with my boyhood team Everton.

The club have been brilliant to me and even brought me to the Norwich game which featured my illustration on the special edition kids cover.
Stay tuned as there will be more projects with them announced

Spidey, Union Jack and Valkyrie.


Fearless Defenders 12


The final issue from the series, out Wednesday. This was such a blast to draw.

Next up for me. The big one


Fearless Defenders


Wanna see some pages from 10,11 and 12?

Fearless Defenders


It's a sad day today as it has been announced that Fearless Defenders will be coming to an end with issue 12. It's especially sad because of the outpouring of love the book received at New York Comic Con. With so many fans telling us how they love the book.
But even with the news, I refuse to be downtrodden because I truely believe we created something that we can be proud of.
Fearless Defenders will be looked back upon in ten years as so many peoples first and favourite book. I think it opened up a world of comics to a lot of people and the proof was in how many fans told me last weekend that it was their first ever comic book.

I have never met more loyal, and genuinely nice people in the fans that came by last week, the huge numbers that turned out for the many signings over the year and of course the people that queued for hours for the books launch in Dublin.

For both Cullen, Ellie and I, it was so great to be a part of the cosplay photo shoot at NYCC. A personal favourite of mine was when two of the Annabelles returned later to my table as new friends, before they hunted for an Indiana Jones to get a photo with.

And on that point, to me, Fearless Defenders ends up being the story of Annabelle. A character who will always be very close to my heart. I truly believe that she will now be a part of the Marvel universe forever. Both her and Ren have big places to go. I can't wait to see what other creators do with them.

Of course, it goes with out saying that it was a pleasure working with the entire team. Ellie, Cullen, Vero, Mark, Stephanie, Phil and Clayton.

But again, this one goes out to the fans. Thank you for your support. It really means a lot. On the boards, on twitter, on tumblr (special shout out to S/D and Miss Jay)

Remember, we still have a couple of great issues to come out too. So I gotta get back to the drawing board.

Ireland AM






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