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"Jabberwocky", from NutScrewsWashersNBolts #1, 1990

John Farrelly is a comics artist, caricaturist, illustrator storyboard artist and novelist from Newry, County Down.

Along with Paul McCullough, Alan Perry and Seán Doran, he created the anthology NutScrewsWashersNBolts in the early 1990s, creating "The Draupnir Ring" and "Jabberwocky" and co-creating "Dublex One" with Perry. In the late 90s he was one of the editors, with Conor McGlone and Christian Kotey, of the anthology DNA Swamp, for which he created "Long Coat and Leather Jacket". In 2003 he wrote and drew a "Harlem Heroes" strip for issue 3 of the 2000AD fanzine Zarjaz, for which he also drew the cover. More recently he has created Captain Wonder, a comedy strip about a comic shop owner who becomes a superhero.

He has provided comics tutorial sessions as part of the DNA Swamp tour and the Crescent Arts Centre were he oversaw youth production of the Moon anthology. He was Artist In Residence at Hydebank Young Offenders' Centre for several years, doing cartoon and comics-related art projects with the inmates. At the moment he freelances as a caricaturist, illustrator and comic artist.

As L. John Farrelly, he has self-published the first volume of a two-volume novel, The Legend of Navin Holt - Zombie Hunter, a zombie story set during the American Civil War. Originally intended as a comic, John balked at the amount of work involved and reworked it in prose. He has also written the first novel of a trilogy aimed at the young adult market, The Cross Chronicles, described as one-third Robin Hood, one-third Star Wars and one-third Mad Max! He is currently seeking a publisher.

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