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KELLIE STRØM'S COMICS AND CARTOONS

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GUEST STARS
issue no.1: SHEM AND SAM, no.2: THE WEASEL, no.3: GERARD CROWLEY.

SPECIAL GUESTS
S h E m & s a M
THREE COMIC STRIPS
BY STEPHEN WALSH
AND BRIAN O'TOOLE

These three stories about James Joyce and Samuel Beckett in their shared rooms on the South Circular Road were written by Stephen Walsh, author of The Acid Bath Case and contributor to Film Ireland magazine. The rich drawing is by Liverpool artist Brian O' Toole.

The first two stories, concerning Sam's experiences in the trenches of WW1, and Shem Joyce's adventures in the Wild West, appeared first in the Irish magazine, The Yellow Press (deceased), and later in Inkling (also no longer with us), a comic published by Potts Brothers of London.

Their two page epic, "The Seventh Trumpet", in which Shem and Sam take a holiday in King Ubu's guest house as dark clouds once again gather over Europe, has never before been published.

The comics pages are stored at relatively high definition because of the detail in the artwork. This makes them appear very large when viewed in your web browser. For greatest reading pleasure, print out the pages - they're sized to fit on A4 sheets.


THE LAST REDOUBT - 371K



MIDNIGHT ON THE PRARIE - 351K



THE SEVENTH TRUMPET
PAGE ONE - 280K PAGE TWO - 276K


Brian O'Toole has also painted six oil portraits of Irish writers which are available as a set of postcards from Bluett and Company.
In the US the set of cards are available from Irish Books and Media via their website, www.irishbook.com, or by calling toll-free 800 229 3505.

James Joyce
JAMES JOYCE - 50K

Samuel Beckett
SAMUEL BECKETT - 52K

Flann O'Brien
FLANN O'BRIEN - 62K


UPDATE OCTOBER 2001

Brian O'Toole died on September 1st, 2001, aged 54.

Read a tribute to Brian O'Toole by fellow artist and fbiend Peter Betts here.

Read John S. Doyle's Irish Independent article remembering the man and his work here.

LINKS

For more Samuel Beckett larks, go to The Hapless Dilettante News. I'll say no more.

The Samuel Beckett Endpage is a fine site from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

As if that wasn't enough, the Samuel Beckett Resources and Links Page plans to keep Beckett enthusiasts busy for years to come.

For comics links go to the comics section.

e-mail: mail@balsko.com
Unless otherwise stated, all contents © Kellie Strøm.
"Shem & Sam" © Stephen Walsh and Brian O' Toole
Postcards © Bluett and Company Limited
Published by www.balsko.com.

GUEST STARS
issue no.1: SHEM AND SAM, no.2: THE WEASEL, no.3: GERARD CROWLEY.

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