An author from Artane is set to publish his first comic book this week, written and designed entirely by himself.

Emmet McNamara, who is originally from Artane but has been residing in Clare Hall for the last decade, said that the idea for his comic ‘How the Dark Lord Became the Lord’ has been on his mind of a long time.

Previously, he wrote the 52-page comic ‘Elm the Elf in the Land of Jasminea’, with ‘How the Dark Lord Became the Dark Lord’ following on from the main storyline of his original comic, that was released in 2009.

McNamara said: “The comic took a few weeks to design, but the idea was in my head for a while.

“It tells the tale of an Elf called Dazam, who is turned into the terrible Dark Lord of Jasminea [from the first book].

“The comic was designed and written by me, then went on to a graphic designer who made the final touches. The comic has a modern design and I ensured it used the highest quality design methods. I really pushed for the best outcome.”

McNamara said his main goal with the comic is to tell people how the Dark Lord became as such, hence the name of the comic.

He said he also aimed to create his own distinctive style with the comic, and says he believes it’s different to others currently available as all the artwork is done by hand.

“When I was younger I did oil paintings, then I progressed into drawing and then onto creating comics and picture books. I sold some of my older comics online through some American websites, and now I’m publishing my own,” McNamara said.

The book will be available from Amazon, Waterstones and a number of other online sites from this week.