Comics masterclass with Ian Kennedy – today at 2pm

Today at DCCS as part of Dundee Literary Festival – a live drawing demonstration by comics legend Ian Kennedy.

Dan Dare art by Ian Kennedy

Watch Ian Kennedy create comics illustrations in his signature pen, ink and acrylics technique, honed over his 50 year career.

Educated in Dundee, Ian started work as a trainee illustrator in the D. C. Thomson & Co Art Department in 1949 – he recalls that his first published work was inking the black squares in the weekly Sunday Post crossword!

Over his career he has worked on a host of characters and publications, from 1950’s war comics such as Thriller Picture Library and Air Ace to IPC’s 2000AD and Starlord. Ian is highly regarded in comics circles, by fellow professionals and fans alike, and we’re delighted he’ll be sharing his expertise as part of the festival.

(There will be another opportunity to attend this masterclass with Ian on Saturday 22nd, 5pm)

Tickets available from Dundee Literary Festival’s eventbrite page.


Dundee – One City, Many, Many Comics!

Art by Claire Roe

To whet your appetite for Ink & Pixels, our exhibition opening next week looking at contemporary comics creation in Dundee, our Operations Director Dr Chris Murray is giving a talk tomorrow which examines the extraordinary history of comics in Dundee.

Dundee – One City, Many, Many Comics! is part of the 2016 Armitstead Lectures series, and takes place at 7.30pm on Friday 14th October at the University of Dundee and costs £2 on the door.

“Dundee has been at the heart of Scottish, and British, comics publishing since the 1930s. This lecture will briefly discuss how the medium of comics works, then will examine the extraordinary history of comics in Dundee, from DC Thomson and Valentines to the wealth of comics currently being produced in the city.”

Venue: Dalhousie Building, Lecture Theatre 2, University of Dundee, Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EN. Click here for a map.

Ink & Pixels exhibition


Next week come along to Ink & Pixels our new exhibition at Dundee Comics Creative Space – discover or re-discover Dundee’s comic scene! From The Beano to Treehouse, and all points in between. Humorous comics, serious comics, big and small, drawn with ink and pixels… This exhibition highlights contemporary graphic creation in Dundee.

This free exhibition is open Saturdays 12 to 6pm from the 19th of October until the 26th of November in DCCS HQ at Unit 7, The Vision Building, 20 Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB. Other times by appointment, contact

You are warmly invited to the opening event at 6pm on the 17th of October, including a comic market organised by PopDundee, numerous artists will be present and refreshments available!

EDIT: opening times updated

The Dundee Comics Prize 2016

The Dundee Comics Prize
War of the Worlds art by Norrie Millar

HG Wells Comic Competition

H.G. Wells is one of the most influential science fiction writers of all time. Among his many works are The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, and The Invisible Man, which brought new ideas to life and showed us glimpses of the future.

In November 2016 the University of Dundee’s Dundee Comics Creative Space and the Being Human Festival will team up to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of H.G. Wells. There will be a series of events in Dundee, including talks and workshops, and the launch of a new comic. You are invited to contribute a story based on or inspired by the science fiction stories of H.G. Wells!

There are two categories:

Category One: 4-6 pages of completed comic art. The prize is £250, plus publication of the story in the HG Wells comic. Entrants should be over 16 years old. Runners-up may be published.

Category Two: 2-3 pages of completed comic art. The prize is £150, plus publication of the story in the HG Wells comic. Entrants must be 15 years old, or younger. Runners-up may be published.

The deadline for completed submissions is Sunday 13th November 2016.
The work will be judged by a panel consisting of comic creators and scholars, with the announcement being made at the launch of the comic on November 25th 2016.

There will be a public lecture by Dr Chris Murray on comics inspired by Wells, accompanied by a workshop at the McManus Galleries, Dundee, on 1st November 2016, 6.00 – 7.30pm.

The aim of the Dundee Comics Prize is to nurture talent in comics and to help new creators gain recognition. Anyone can enter the competition, and the submission can be in any style, in black or white or colour, but the work must be finished to a high standard (lettered, inked, etc), and it must be a complete story. The work must be original, and it must not have been published already or be currently offered for publication elsewhere. When submitting work good quality electronic copies are requested in the first instance. The prize is awarded to the creator or team who produce the work. If the work is collaborative the members of the team will share the prize money equally. All winners (including runners-up) will be asked to provide a short account of how the comic was created, along with any relevant photos and sketches. These will be used on the DCCS website. The decision of the judging panel is final.

All queries and submissions should be sent to