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Easter Rising comic proves a hit

Published 15/01/2010

It is the chaos and destruction of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin — but not as anyone has ever seen it before.

Many are used to the black and white photographs of the rebellion that adorn scores of history books.

Now the story is being told in a pioneering full-colour comic book format that has become an unexpected publishing hit south of the border.

Full of compelling drawings depicting the bloody drama, the comic-style book, complete with speech bubbles, is being snapped up by young readers and teachers in the Republic.

The 48-page graphic novel by Dubliner Gerry Hunt is called Blood Upon The Rose: Easter 1916 — after a poem by one of the 1916 leaders, Joseph Plunkett.

The book covers the complete story of the rising up to the final executions and is framed around the tragic romance of Plunkett and his fiancée Grace Gifford.

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