Marvel Comic Artist Living the Dream!

Living the Dream Job!

Marvel Comic Book Artist Declan Shalvey!

In today’s show we speak with world renowned comic book artist Declan Shalvey, who has worked with Marvel DC Comics, Boom Studios, Dynamite and all the other big comic book companies!

Watching cartoons as a kid and seeing the credits he realised that real people and not just computers make these cartoons….and from that day he decided that THIS was the job for him!

He has loved drawing since he can remember, even drawing on the walls of his bedroom! But it took a lot of time, work and patience to get where he is today, one of the most famous comic book artists!

He talks to us about his favourite superhero characters, which he likes drawing most and least, and gives loads of great advice to kids who might be interested in trying to make comics their job too!

He also talks about learning to fail, that the only way that you can get better is by trying different things and not always getting it right, telling Buster and Buddy that the only way to improve is by learning from our mistakes and not trying to be perfect all the time! And even though You Tubers can make it seem like success is easy and their lives are perfect, he thinks kids need to realise that this isn’t really the case and it takes a lot of work to ‘look’ perfect and to be successful.

And remember to Stay Healthy, Stay Happy and Stay Well!

Michelle and her team have a collective 50years experience working with kids as teachers, entertainers and parents!

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Declan Shalvey

Declan Shalvey is an Irish comics artist and writer. He has worked for Marvel Comics, drawing characters such as Moon KnightThunderbolts and Deadpool and has written crime comics set in Ireland, including Savage Town and Bog Bodies.

Shalvey grew up in EnnisCounty Clare and studied Art at Limerick School of Art and Design. He started his career in independent comics in Ireland and the UK.

He moved into American comics in 2009, drawing ten of the first twelve issues of Boom! Studios‘ film spin-off comic 28 Days Later.

In 2010 he did his first work for Marvel, and over the next decade he drew lots of series for them, including ThunderboltsDark Avengers, Venom, Deadpool, Moon Knight, and Return of Wolverine (2018), and writing Civil War II: Choosing Sides, and Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan and lots of others.

In 2020 Marvel published Marvel Monograph: The Art of Declan Shalvey, a trade paperback collecting highlights of his work for the company.  

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Louise Shanagher

Louise Shanagher is a children’s therapist, mindfulness teacher and trainer.

Louise has a BA and MSc in Psychology and further qualifications in Play Therapy and Mindfulness.
She is the creator of the “Creative Mindfulness Kids” method and has trained hundreds of people to be children’s mindfulness teachers.

She is the author of six books: The “Mindfully Me” series, Ireland’s first series of mindfulness books for children and the “Kindfully Me” series and the co-author of Ireland’s first mindfulness curriculum the “Mindful Heart” curriculum.

Louise is passionate about promoting positive mental health for children and young people. She believes that all children should get the opportunity to learn how to practice mindfulness and self-compassion and believes that these practices will help children lead happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.