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!

Comic Club – New Season!

Comics Club is back on Tuesday 16th April. Comics making workshops for 10-17 year olds each Tuesday and Wednesday from 4.30-6pm.

Please note, we are currently running a waiting list for the Tuesday group. Please contact DCCS Coordinator Damon Herd for more details.

From August 2019 the Wednesday Club runs from 5-6.30pm.

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Flyer art by Rebecca Horner

Happy Holidays!

Comics Club is now on it’s well earned Christmas break. What a year it has been! Over 100 comics workshops for young people, a summer school at The McManus, and library workshops in Dundee, Perth, and Fife, as well as schools workshops in Fife, Brechin, and Dundee. We also partnered with The Circle to run a workshop programme outside the city centre. We produced three anthologies of comics by our young Comics Clubbers, as well as several zine style comics.

Ink Pot artists continued to produce some amazing work, including the INKTHOLOGY, as well as working with the University of Dundee to produce comics raising awareness of suicide, organ donation, the University archives, and the history of The Brittle Bone Society among others. The was even a short comic explaining the Dundee City Council participatory budgeting initiative!

So time for a break and this time it will be a little longer than usual. There are a few changes happening behind the scenes at DCCS including a move to new premises so we need a little longer to prepare. Don’t fear though we are not moving far – just to another unit in the Vision Building! Workshops are scheduled to start up again the first week of February in Unit 10 just across the landing from our current space, Unit 7. Keep an eye on our website and sign up to our newsletter if you want to keep up to date with the changes.

Have a great holiday and see you next year!

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Buster 26th December 1981 © IPC magazines. Scanned by Lew Stringer.

Comics Club at The Circle – anthology launch 25th November

Art by Katie Fotheringham

Each Thursday for the last three months we have been running one of our popular after school Comics Clubs at The Circle in Staffa Place. The Circle is a hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups and socially aware businesses in Dundee. They provide affordable offices, co-working and community space. By bringing organisations together, they are promoting collaboration and fostering innovation that does social good in the city.

It has been a pleasure working with The Circle to help make our Comics Clubs accessible to more young people across Dundee. We are proud to be able to launch a new Comics Club Anthology at The Circle featuring comics by the young people who attended the workshops there.

On Sunday November 25th The Circle is partnering with their tenants to host a Yuletide Fair. It will be an afternoon of festive fun, including food and drinks, local business stalls, Santa’s grotto and much more! And DCCS will be there! Come along between 12-4pm to pick up a copy of the comic and see what else The Circle has to offer.

Comics Club is back!

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Good news everyone! A new term means a new season of our regular after school Comics Clubs! This year we are keeping the venue, days and times the same:

TUESDAYS 4.30-6.30pm for 10-13 year olds
WEDNESDAYS 4.30-6.30pm for 14-17 year olds 

The workshops take place at DCCS HQ in The Vision Building, follow the link for details.

In addition to the regular clubs we have teamed up with The Circle in Staffa Place to run a 10 week programme of workshops beginning THURSDAY September 6th from 4.30pm. The Circle is a hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups and socially aware businesses in Dundee, and working with them helps make our workshops accessible for more people across Dundee. See the flyer below for more details, places can be booked here.

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Flyer art by Rebecca Horner

Comics Club Anthology Volume 3 launch

Check it out – fresh from the printers, Comics Club Volume 3: Guardians of the Comics with a cover by Comics Clubber Darcey Maltman. The comic will be launched this Friday (July 13th) between 1-2.30pm at The McManus Galleries. Come along to the learning centre on the first floor to pick up a copy and take part in a drop-in comics session!

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Summer programme

There are blue skies and it is super hot outside – it must be the summer holidays in sunny Dundee! Last week was the last week of school and also the last week of Comics Club until after the summer holidays – Comics Club returns on Tuesday 14th August.

But fear not comics fans! DCCS will be on tour, bringing comics to you! First up, from 9th to 19th July on Monday to Thursday 10am-1pm, we will be running the Department of Arty Capers as part of the McManus, sorry, The McMenace Summer S’kool! If you would like to come along contact the McManus on 01382 307200.

Then on Friday July 13th we will be launching Volume 3 of our Comics Club anthology called Guardians of the Comics. Come along to the McManus from 1-2.30pm to pick up a copy!

Later, in August we will be doing workshops in libraries and community centres across Dundee, Fife, and Perth. See the flyer below for details and contact the venues if you would like to come along!

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Comic Swap reviews!

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We were super excited to receive a parcel from Comic Swap this week. A few weeks ago we sent off some copies of Da Awesome Comic and in return we were sent 5 comics from other comics clubs around the country. The five amazing comics were:

Hadrian’s Cavalry Comic
Intergalactic Comic-ness
Widcombe Comic Club Volume 2
Eddy Tiles and the West End Loan Shark
Sprays That Do Exciting Things & Other Comics 2018

We decided that it would be really great for our Comics Clubbers to read the comics and then draw some short strips as reviews. See the wonderful results below!

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Sprays That Do Exciting Things review by Conor
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The Adventure of Marshmallow & Sun (from Intergalactic Comic-ness) review by Diana
review lana
Amelia’s Comic (from Widcombe Comic Club) review by Lana
review shannon
Sprays That Do Exciting Things review by Shannon
review darcey
Sprays That Do Exciting Things review by Darcey
review emily
Hadrian’s Cavalry Comic review by Emily
review elena
Amelia’s Comic (from Widcombe Comic Club) review by Elena
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Sprays That Do Exciting Things review by Sen
review sadie
Sprays That Do Exciting Things review by Sadie
review mia
Sprays That Do Exciting Things review by Mia
review sarah
Amelia’s Comic (from Widcombe Comic Club) review by Sarah
review harry
Hadrian’s Cavalry Comic review by Harry
review alex
Eddy Tiles and the West End Loan Shark review by Alex
A review by Drew
A review by Drew
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Sprays That Do Exciting Things review by Millie