Thursday, 21 April 2011



Dan has granted Soñar permission to publish his ODD BODKINS cartoon strip.

ODD BODKINS ON Soñar. Vol. 2 No. 5

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© Dan ONeill

Hugh Daniel O'Neill

Thirty years ago Hugh Daniel O’Neill was described as, “an innovator, a creator and a professional troublemaker” in a Forward to a collection of Odd Bodkins.

For seven years his Odd Bodkins cartoons ran daily in The San Francisco Chronicle and in 350 other newspapers throughout the world. At its peak, the strip had a readership of fifty million.

When he was hired at age 21 —the youngest cartoonist ever hired by a national syndicate— he was given three simple rules: no religion, no politics and no sex in the strip. He did his best to comply — he kept sex out of Odd Bodkins.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Titanic Festival - Belfast - March 31 - May 31

Robert John Welch

This year on May 31 marks the 100 Anniversary of the launching of the Titanic in Belfast. The Belfast City Council will commemorate the event with the Titanic 100 Festival which will feature a variety of events including; exhibitions; tours; plays; films; and commemorative events.

As part of the Festival, a photo exhibition is on display in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. The Festival will run from March 31 – thru May 31.

The photo exhibition features the work of Robert John Welch (1859 - 1936) who was born in Strabane Co. Tyrone. A member of the Royal Irish Academy, and a President of the Belfast Naturalists Field Club, Welch was also the official photographer for Harland & Wolff the builders of the Titanic.

Shoppers, Tourists and Workers on Lunchtime Break, View the Exhibit
© Joe ÓNéill

Shoppers, Tourists and Workers on Lunchtime Break, View the Exhibit
© Joe ÓNéill