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Saltire: Ionnsaigh, The First Scottish Language Graphic Novel

Saltire: Ionnsaigh
Saltire: Ionnsaigh (Íomhá: Diamondsteel Comics 2014)

A quick break away from politics with news of the release of Saltire: Ionnsaigh, the first graphic novel in the Scottish (Gaelic) language, which is due to be launched at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August. From a report by the Stornoway Gazette:

“The first in a series centring round Scotland’s first comic book superhero, the dark and gritty world of the main character is a pseudo-history of the country and its mythology.

Set entirely in the landscape of Scotland during pivotal moments from the past the comic books will be familiar to those who enjoy the rich legends and traditions of Scotland.

Creator John Ferguson said: “I’m looking forward to the launch and really believe that Saltire can grow in Scotland to rival the wonderful superhero franchises from across the Atlantic.

“The reaction from the public and professionals within the Gaelic speaking community has been fantastic so far and to get the opportunity to introduce Saltire: Ionnsaigh at the festival is wonderful.”

The English version of the book was nominated for the prestigious Best British Comic at the True Believer Awards and Ferguson says: “We intend to release each book in Gaelic, simultaneously as the English edition is released.

“We hope the graphic novels inspire a new generation of young Gaelic speakers within a modern and dynamic genre. Saltire Invasion has been extremely popular in English and we hope to gain the same recognition in the Gaelic market.”

Ionnsaigh tells the story of the legendary Ninth Legion and its attempts to expand the Roman Empire to the north, to the land of Saltire.”

The novel is published by the Dundee-based Diamondsteel Comics and you can get more information on their excellent website. Its inspiring to see genre-based Scottish language publishing going from strength to strength.

Saltire: Ionnsaigh
Saltire: Ionnsaigh (Íomhá: Diamondsteel Comics 2014)
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