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Antony O'Halloran

BA (Hons) Comics and Graphic Novels

Antony is currently studying comics and graphic novels and hopes to use this experience to help him break into the comic industry in the future.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Teesside and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to pursue a career in the comic industry.

Antony O'Halloran

Why Teesside?

I visited Archie Comics in New York and instantly knew that I wanted to pursue a career in comics. I researched universities that focused on comics and graphic novels and found that Teesside University offered this course. I attended an open day and was blown away by the state-of-the-art facilities and the fantastic technology, which included digital Wacom drawing pads.

How was the application process?

I applied for a place and was delighted when I was asked to attend an interview and taster day. After attending the taster day, I was positive that Teesside University was the right place for me, as I got to chat with my tutors and take part in a course session, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Why comics and graphic novels?

I wanted to develop my knowledge of comic storytelling and sequential art, as well as improve my traditional and digital artwork. I felt this course would give me greater confidence in producing a professional portfolio and pitching my work to publishers.

Favourite thing about your course?

I think it is by far the most fun and creative course you could do as you get to develop your own personal style, by creating your own characters and comic stories.

What about the campus?

It’s very friendly and welcoming with fantastic facilities. The access to computers and the latest software has been invaluable. I found the Library a great place to study and relax with a comic book and the range of online journals and books came in handy with my research.

Did you access any support?

Throughout my three years, I have received amazing support from the Disability Service Team who provided me with a specialist tutor and mentor. I also received additional resources such as a laptop and specific software to help with my learning.

What do you think about Middlesbrough?

Middlesbrough is a busy town which is lively at night. There are lots of good food options and a local market, which is very handy.

Any extra-curricular experiences?

I’m a member of the Comic Club Society, which holds comic jams and lots of other social events. I was also delighted to have my artwork chosen to be published in Viz comic issue 322. I also enrolled on a summer university short course in concept art which gave me insight into the gaming industry. I would recommend that you join clubs and societies as they are a great way to make friends.

What does the future hold for you?

I would like to develop my own freelance company, but I also look forward to working in collaborations with like-minded comic artists.

Sum up your Teesside experience.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to pursue a career in the comic industry. The lecturers and facilities have been fantastic. Try to enjoy every minute and take all the help and support that is offered.

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