ABOUT GO HOME PADDY: On a snowy morning in 1906, Famine refugee Paddy Brennan, steps into a tavern in Boston. There he encounters the embodiment of the triumphal “New” Irish of Boston in the form of a third generation Irish-American bartender. When arriving on American shores in 1848, Paddy had found the same miseries that he had left behind in Ireland: bigotry, poverty and hatred. The Americans had detested the Irish — and in no city were they more despised than in Boston. Now, in the 20th Century, Paddy is amazed at how quickly the Irish have come to succeed in the New World. But after a bitter argument with the bartender about Race, Paddy quickly realizes that some things never change—only the roles of those involved. As Paddy goes on to educate the young man about his own people’s wretched history in both Ireland and America, he speeds towards the dark wound in his own heart; his own horrible act of intolerance. GO HOME PADDY, a graphic novel, is the tale of one Irish immigrant’s aching struggle to find his way in a Bostonian society that fears and hates him while desperately attempting to hold on to his own humanity.
A short video describing GO HOME PADDY and its genesis can be viewed HERE.
ABOUT JOHN A. WALSH: John A. Walsh is an Illustrator and Graphic Novelist that currently resides in Boston with his lovely wife Rachel and daughter Fiona Maeve. He was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut and graduated from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. John is currently creating the Great Irish-American Graphic Novel— GO HOME PADDY — which is being serialized on this website.
His clients include The South End News in Boston, Harvard University, Boston University, Brigham & Woman’s Hospital (Partners Organization), the Hannaford Supermarket chain and many others. He’s available for freelance projects and commissions both large and small. More of his work can be found at: www.johnawalsh.net
John’s interests include Literature, Art, History, Comics and long sits on a barstool.
He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org and can also be found on Twitter as: thickmick