IDENTITY IN COMICS PANEL

Art by Millie Strachan

A FESTIVAL OF THE FUTURE comics panel.

Rebecca Horner, comics artist and colourist and lead workshop facilitator at Dundee Comics Creative Space, will be joined by a special guest from Comics Youth for this discussion.

Comics Youth is a Liverpool- based organisation that supports marginalised and disadvantaged children and young people across Merseyside through comics-focused workshops – themes very close to the heart of DCCS.

There will also be some local comic creators as special guests!

Age: 14 years+

FREE but places can be booked at the eventbrite page.

DUNDEE REMIX COMICS WORKSHOP

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Art by Norrie Millar

A FESTIVAL OF THE FUTURE comics workshop

What does a future Dundee look like to you?

How different will the city and people look in 2050? What would you like to see?

This workshop will give you a chance to create your future Dundee vision in comic strip form using simple techniques including drawing and collage. Learn about the magic of creating comics while imagining Dundee years from now.

No experience necessary and materials will be provided.

Age: 8 years+ (under 14 years to be accompanied by an adult)

Tickets £3 

To book a place visit the eventbrite page

More Comics Classes for adults

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Would you like to learn more about comics? Too old for DCCS Comics Clubs? Then you can sign up for the University of Dundee’s Humanities For All modules. 

Comics and Other Media (short course) starts on Saturday 25th January 2020 9.30am-12.30pm and runs for 5 fortnightly sessions. It takes place in DCCS and is taught by DCCS Coordinator Dr Damon Herd. The module combines a critical history of the comics and other media with practical exercises and assignments. The module content covers:
Comics and Literature
Comics and Film
Comics and Performance
Comics and Art

Students will also get the chance to make their own comics with some fun, creative exercises to start them off. No experience necessary.

The module can be taken on its own or as a continuation of EN11008 – Introduction to Comics.

The course is open to the public and University of Dundee students. Funding can be covered by SDS Individual Learning Accounts (ILA).

For more information email Damon at dherd@dundee.ac.uk or check out the University’s website where you can also book your place.

Great War Dundee – Comic Launch

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Art by Ian Kennedy

On Friday 20th September from 10am-4.30pm V&A Dundee are hosting a FREE all day event inspired by the First World War. This joint Scottish Centre for Comic Studies and Great War Dundee (GWD) event pulls together many of the threads of the GWD projects that have taken place since 2014, and commemorates the GWD project officially drawing to a close. The event will cover topics such as the presentation of the First World War in comics and games, and attendees will get an opportunity to develop their own comic strips.

The Great War Dundee comic will also be launched at the event. The comic contains a story written by legendary comics creator Pat Mills, who worked at DC Thomson before creating the hugely successful British science fiction comic 2000AD. In the 1970s Pat Mills started work on one of the most acclaimed war comics of all time, Charley’s War. The artist for the ‘Ragtime Soldier’ story is Gary Welsh, one of the University of Dundee’s recent graduates. The other strips included in the comic are ‘The Women’s Toon’, written by Erin Keepers and Hailey Austin, with art by 2000AD artist Anna Morozova, and ‘Casualties of War’, written by Calum Laird and drawn by Elliot Balson. All these creators are graduates of the comics programme in Dundee. Ian Kennedy provides the cover artwork.

For more information and to book tickets please see the Great War Dundee eventbrite page.

There will be a signing with Pat Mills from 6.30-8pm in Dundee Creative Comics Space. No tickets are required to come along to this.

Comics Classes for adults

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Art by Damon Herd with apologies to the original artists.

Would you like to learn more about comics? Too old for DCCS Comics Clubs? Then you can sign up for the University of Dundee’s Humanities For All modules. 

Introduction To Comics (short course) starts on Saturday 21st September 9.30am-12.30pm and runs for 5 fortnightly sessions. It takes place in DCCS and is taught by DCCS Coordinator Dr Damon Herd. The course covers Genre, Character, Story, Autobiography, International Comics Cultures, and more. Students will also get the chance to make their own comics with some fun, creative exercises to start them off. No previous experience is necessary.

The course is open to the public and University of Dundee students. Funding can be covered by SDS Individual Learning Accounts (ILA).

For more information email Damon at dherd@dundee.ac.uk or check out the University’s website where you can also book your place.

DCCS Summer Special

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This July we are running a FREE two-week Comics Summer School for 8-14 year olds! This Summer Special is aimed at young people who have NOT yet had a chance to attend the regular DCCS Comics Clubs.

There will be comics jams, zine making, character creation, comics reading, and more! You will learn about and create your very own comic strips!

The summer special runs each week from Monday to Thursday 10am-12pm from 15th – 25th July.

All materials are provided.

Please see our eventbrite page to book a place.

Contact DCCS Coordinator Damon Herd on dherd@dundee.ac.uk for information.

Comics Club Comic Strips Volume 4 Launch

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As part of Small Press Day 2019 we are launching THE ULTIMATE COMIC COLLECTION – volume 4 of our Comics Club anthology series. The amazing strips in the collection have all been made by the young people who come along to our weekly Comics Clubs.

Come on down to DCCS HQ in the Vision Building on Saturday 13th July 12-2pm and see the next generation of comics superstars in the making!

There will also be a drop-in comics workshop so come along and make (and buy!) some comics!

More Laydeez Do Comics Dundee this Friday

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Cover art: Keith Burns

Laydeez Do Comics Dundee will be hosting an event to celebrate the women of Commando Comics on Friday 5 July from 6-8pm. We will kick the evening off with former Commando editor Calum Laird speaking about the history of Commando and the women involved. Then we will have a panel of the first women to write for Commando in 30 years – Hailey Austin, Georgia Standen Battle, and Kate Dewar – to give an inside look at Commando and talk about their experiences as women in comics.

We will be back at the Dundee Comics Creative Space, Unit 10 in The Vision Building.

And just a heads up – we still have some of the beautiful totes and dishtowels from LDC headquarters. So if you want one before they go, don’t forget to bring cash with you.

This promises to be an unforgettable night of daring pilots, train explosions, risky military operations, and laydeez doing comics!

For more information about the event or Laydeez Do Comics Dundee and to RSVP, go to our Facebook or eventbrite page.

Cryptography meets Comics

DCCS is very pleased to be hosting a Great War Dundee comics workshop this weekend as part of Cryptography meets Comics. See details below.

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Are you aged between 12 and 15 years old? Do you love cracking codes and puzzles, creating comics, or doing both?

Then come along to Great War Dundee’s unique event on Saturday 22nd June. The event will make you think differently about World War One, and how it relates to all of us today. Your ideas could even contribute to the development of a new comic about the Great War, which will be launched later this year.

The event will start outside The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum. Participants will then take a walk around different locations in Dundee city centre that link to Dundee’s war effort, locations they will identify by deciphering Caesar cipher clues released via Twitter. The walk will take around 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes, and participants will be accompanied by members of the Great War Dundee Partnership. Parents and carers are welcome to accompany the walk. After a short break for lunch you will then go to the Vision Building and work with a team from the Dundee Comics Creative Space to create your very own comic, with a Great War theme.

  • Date – Saturday 22nd June 2019
  • Time – 10am to 2.30pm
  • Location – Meet outside the main entrance to The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum. Event concludes in The Vision Building, Abertay University.
  • Cost – Free
  • Booking is required – Go to Eventbrite
  • Please bring snacks, lunch and drinks, as they will not be supplied as part of the event.
  • For further information contact Fiona Sinclair, Project Coordinator, at fiona@cfjassociates.com
  • For further information about the Great War Dundee Partnership, please go to www.greatwardundee.com or visit the Great War Dundee Facebook page.

The Great War Dundee Partnership secured money to deliver the Hidden Histories project from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project is engaging with groups and individuals from Dundee, to support them in learning how and why WW1 impacted both then and now on the city and its people.

Laydeez Do Comics Dundee

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LDCD poster by Anna Morozova

Dundee Comics Creative Space is excited to be hosting the first ever Laydeez Do Comics Dundee on 31st May at DCCS HQ from 4-5pm and 6-8pm.

LDCD is a student-led initiative in partnership with the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies. Laydeez Do Comics is a women-led forum started by Dr. Nicola Streeten and Dr. Sarah Lightman to support UK-based comics creators. This event is open to all and welcome a variety of perspectives and identities.

The evening will start with a practical workshop on memory, led Rebecca Horner from 4-5pm. After a short break, we will reconvene at 6pm for a talk by Dr. Golnar Nabizadeh focusing on the themes of her new book, Representation and Memory in Graphic Novels (2019), followed by a panel of comics scholars and creators discussing various aspects of memory and comics. The panel will be moderated by Ashling Larkin and will include Hailey Austin, Megan Sinclair, and Catriona Laird. The evening will conclude with a wine and cake reception and a chance to discuss the talks with our presenters and other attendees.

For more information about the event or Laydeez Do Comics Dundee and to RSVP, go to the LDCD Facebook page.