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Fibromyalgia and Us

On Friday December 1st we were very pleased to host the launch for a new comic raising awareness of fibromyalgia. Produced by the University of Dundee and our very own Ink Pot Studio, the comic illustrates the ongoing life transitions of those who have fibromyalgia as well offering information about the condition.

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Cover by Ashling Larkin, coloured by Rebecca Horner

Project lead Professor Divya Jindal-Snape explains how the comic came about:

A pain clinic psychologist recently said to me that more needs to be done to raise the awareness of health care professionals about fibromyalgia. With some progress in research, there is a better understanding of fibromyalgia compared to what it was even two years ago. However, whether your own doctor, physiotherapist or other professionals understand this complex condition, still feels like a lottery. So one day lying in bed, with a fibromyalgia flare up, I started thinking of creating a comic about it. I fired off emails to a few people who all thankfully came on board.

This comic has been designed with the purpose of raising awareness of fibromyalgia amongst professionals, families, and communities. It illustrates the ongoing life transitions of those who have fibromyalgia as well as its impact on significant others. It highlights the importance of a strong support network to enable people to adapt to the multiple transitions triggered by fibromyalgia and flourish despite its substantial challenging consequences.

As well as Divya the contributors included health professionals, other people with the condition, comics scholars, and artists: Andrew Keiller, Lynn Kelly, Judith Langlands-Scott, Christopher Murray, Anj Snape, Jonathan B. Snape, Nik Snape, Freddie Warden, Bryan Whittingham, Elliot Balson (Artist), Zu Dominiak (Artist), Damon Herd (Artist), Rebecca Horner (Artist), Ashling Larkin (Artist), Norrie Millar (Artist), Helen Robinson (Artist), Letty Wilson (Artist).

The comic can be downloaded from the University website. If you would like a print copy please contact press@dundee.ac.uk

Comics Club Blog – November Comics Challenge

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Our pals at Comics Club Blog asked us to do their Comics Challenge for November. We thought it was a great chance to share the workshop that we have been doing for the Being Human Festival and inspired by Gulliver’s Travels. Click on the links to try it out for yourself, and while you’re there check out all the cool stuff they have been up to!

Swift at 350 – comic launch!

Come along on Saturday to find out the winners of this year’s Dundee Comics Prize!

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We are delighted to invite you the launch of Swift at 350, a comic that responds to the work of the world’s greatest satirist. The event takes place this Saturday (25th November), and promises to be a lot of fun! Part of the Being Human Festival of the Arts 2017, the occasion is inspired by Jonathan Swift’s satirical novel, Gulliver’s Travels.

Saturday 25th November 2017
6.00 – 8.00pm
Dundee Comics Creative Space  

Professor Chris Murray will give a brief overview of some of the wonderful adaptations of Swift’s work in comics, and the winner of the Dundee Comics Prize will be announced. The creators of the stories that appear in Swift at 350 will discuss their contribution, and every attendee will be able to pick up a free copy of the comic. Come meet the creators and learn more about the process of bringing ideas to life in the comics form. There will also be a wine reception.

 Tickets are free, and can be booked through this link.

Follow the Dundee hub of the Being Human Festival on Twitter @HumanDundee and on Facebook for the latest updates. In addition to University and local news outlets, we recently featured on a special edition about Gulliver’s Travels for Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3.

Please share this event with anyone who may be interested, and bring along friends and family on the day.

 Look forward to seeing you there!

The Imaginarium – Being Human Festival

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DCCS is running comics workshops as part of the Being Human Festival from 2-5pm on 22nd November in the Dalhousie Building room 2S14, University of Dundee. Details below. All Welcome!

What is the Google brain doing to our imagination? Are lie detectors always honest? What is bullet time? What is monster theory?

The Imaginarium, a showcase for the arts and sciences, comprises eight rooms in the Dalhousie Building at the University of Dundee stuffed with ongoing, drop-by activities (i.e. come by when you can). Ushers will be available to take you on a tour of the different rooms on the day itself.

(1) Telling Tall Tales (a creative writing workshop with Eddie Small) (2G14: 4-6pm)

(2) A Pop-Up Psychology Lab (1LG03: 2-5pm)

(3) The Mega-Knitting Room (2G13: 2-5pm)

(4) The VR Museum (2S17: 2-5pm)

(5) The Comics Studio (with pop-up book-making) (2S14: 2-5pm)

(6) A Gulliver’s Travels Art Installation (2S16: 2-5pm)

(7) The Green-Screen Film Studio (in the Drama Studio: 2-5pm) and

(8) The Imaginarium Lightning Lectures (Lecture Theatre 1: 2-5pm, details below).

Various rooms will also include looped film screenings, such as Dame Sue Black’s Martian Autopsy and various classic animations of Gulliver’s Travels.

The Imaginarium Lightning Lectures –
2pm to 2.45pm
Daniel Cook (English) – Introduction
Keith Williams (English) – A Quick History of Bullet Time
Nicholas Wade (Psychology) – The Science and Art of Vision

3pm to 4.45pm
Karen Petrie (Computing) – The Growth of Artificial Intelligence
Hope Roulstone (English) – On Monster Theory
Anna Robb (Education) – Why All Schools Should Be Art Schools

4pm to 4.45pm
Dominic Smith (Philosophy) – The Tay Bridge Disaster
Roger (Ruo-Qian) Wang (Civil Engineering) – Crowd-sourcing Data and Urban Flooding
Adam Cuthbert (English) – On Camera-Eye and the Stream of Consciousness

This event is part of the University of Dundee’s Being Human Festival of the Humanities series Jonathan Swift at 350: lost and found

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Charlie Adlard talk at DCCS

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Acclaimed comics artist, and the UK’s Comics Laureate, Charlie Adlard will be in Dundee at 6pm on Friday 10th November 2017 to give a talk on his career, and his work as Comics Laureate.

Charlie is best known as the artist of the hugely successful comic, The Walking Dead, which has been adapted into a massively popular television series. He has also worked on comics such as 2000AD, The X-Files, and various titles for both Marvel and DC.

The event, which is open to the public, will start and 6pm in Dundee Comics Creative Space and will take the form of a Q&A session, chaired by Professor Chris Murray, followed by a wine reception. If you’d like to meet Charlie Adlard and learn about his work in comics, and as Comics Laureate, please confirm attendance at our Facebook events page.