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A few weeks ago Ink Pot were commissioned to produce a comic to help promote and explain Dundee City Council‘s new ‘Dundee Decides‘ initiative which launched on January 29th. This is a participatory budgeting exercise where the people of Dundee help decide which priorities are funded through an online voting process. For more details see the ‘Dundee Decides’ website, the comic can also be downloaded here.
Comics Clubs start next week!
From Tuesday 16th January 4.30-6.30pm for 10-13 year olds
From Wednesday 17th January 4.30-6.30pm for 14-17 year olds
Best wishes for the New Year from everyone at DCCS!
Our regular Comics Clubs start up again on 16th January.
Comics Club (10-13 year olds) 4.30-6.30 pm Tuesdays from 16th January
Comics Club (14-17 year olds) 4.30-6.30 pm Wednesdays from 17th January
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.
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).
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!