I am Tommie Kelly. I was born in Ireland in 1977 and I still live there. I am an Artist and Writer, but not always in that order. I have published a number of Comics. Some are about Music, most about the Occult in some way and one of them is just stupid. These days my art mostly consists of lots of photography and digital drawings. For me creating art is the biggest magickal act there is.
I used to describe myself as the World’s Only Consulting Occultist, but people didn’t get the reference and thought I was being serious, so I don’t do that now. At gun point I would describe myself as a Chaos Magician, but not overly fond of labels as they mostly just keep you in a box. I have a Lifelong interest in all things Occult and Spirituality, starting in my early teens when I read some Stuart Wilde books and then Alice Bailey, along with lots of Buddhism, some Theosophy and hosts of New Age type stuff. I then went on to to read all of Stuart Wilde’s books and spent countless hours listening to his talks. Wilde would be hands down my biggest influence but I am also a fan of Alan Watts, Brad Warner, Gordon White, Alan Chapman, Crowley, LaVey, Robert Anton Wilson, Russell Brand, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Conner Habib, Lionel Snell and loads of other people – this list isn’t in any particular order and is very incomplete. It’s probably mostly just reflective of who I could remember on the day I wrote this.
My favourite artists, in no particular order would be: Anton Corbijn, Dave Sim, David Lloyd, Caravaggio, Jaime Hernandez, Mike Oeming, Saul Leiter, Fred Herzog, Da Vinci, and loads of others.
Music: The Beatles, Biffy Clyro, Depeche Mode, U2, Erik Satie, LCD Soundsystem, Arvo Párt, and loads and loads of others
Films: Seven, Fight Club, Inception, The Matrix, Seven Samurai, Akira and loads of others.
I went to College in my mid-twenties to study Holistic Health and am qualified in Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Holistic Massage, Indian Head Massage and Reiki, but don’t practice any of it these days other than Aromatherapy which I find extremely pleasant and helpful. YMMV, of course.
I was a Sound Engineer for most of my Twenties and early Thirties along with having a very unsuccessful Music Career as a Singer/Songwriter, recording 4 albums and an EP, that were all critically ignored. Also Toured and Recorded as lead Guitar player with a number of Original and Cover Rock Bands. While I taught guitar and music for a number of years, I now couldn’t even tell you the last time I seen any of my guitars never mind played them. Such is life.
I was also a Classic Rock Radio DJ and Co-Host of a Comedy Chat Podcast, which was relatively successful in the local area where I live.
I spent many years writing and drawing comics including such titles as: Road Crew, Something Wonderful, The Holy Numbers, THEM, The Great Work and many more.