Comics Club Spotlight

We are delighted to be this month’s featured comics club on new website comicsclub.blog

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comicsclub.blog is a site very much after our own hearts here at DCCS:

It is “dedicated to providing ideas and resources to comics clubs around the country, and to anyone who wants to join in with our ongoing project of Helping Awesome Kids Make Awesome Comics.

On this site we’ll be posting regular monthly Comics Challenges – activities and worksheets that can be used by anyone as a spur to getting kids writing, drawing, reading and making.

comicsclub.blog is a project by Neill Cameron and Hannah Sackett, with technical assistance from Sam Hardacre.”

Click on the links for more details!

Back to Comics Club

Start of a new school term means that it is also the start of COMICS CLUB!

Workshops start up again this week:
Tuesday 10th January 4.30-6.30pm for 10-13 year olds
Wednesday 11th January 4.30-6.30pm for 14-17 year olds

All welcome, no experience necessary, all materials provided.
Free of charge, just turn up!

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The Haunted Cat House by Alexander Christie

 

 

Merry Christmas from DCCS!

Season’s greetings from everyone here at DCCS!

Over the last couple of weeks we asked our Comics Clubbers to come up with their own Christmas comics. As usual we were completely bowled over by the imagination and creativity in their comics. We thought this strip by Callum Bradley aged 10 was too good not to share! Although it is titled Best Christmas Ever! it might not be what you expect.
Beware Bad Santa!

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Digital Comics Clubbers

Our older Comics Clubbers have been learning some digital image making skills over the last couple of weeks. They have been finding out how to separate line art in Photoshop and add colour and shading, with some great results! Clockwise from top left, the art is by Jenni Michie, Eilidh Dolan, Islay Barrie, and Emily Irvine.

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Oor Elvis

Elvis has left the building – we’ve sent our finished mini Oor Wullie sculpture out into the world as part of the Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail. He will be appearing in Central Library but might be going on tour as well. We held a competition with our younger group of Comics Clubbers (aged 10-13), and then they voted for the one they liked the best. The winner was Cole Lawson with his Elvis Presley design. Well done Cole! Oor Elvis looks just braw!

Next Comics Club is Tuesday 7th June

We are on a short break here at DCCS and will be back on Tuesday 7th June at 4.30pm for the first of our regular 2-hour Comics Clubs for 10-13 year olds. Wednesday 8th at 4.30pm will be for 14-17 year olds, and Thursday 9th at 4.30pm for 10-17 year olds.

During the break we will hosting a workshop at Dundee Design Festival on Saturday 28th May at 10 am, click the link for details.

We are currently putting together a digital comic of the strips created in the last sessions but in the meantime here is a ‘comics mash-up’ taster from all the comics.

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After-school Comics Clubs launching Tuesday 1st March

Are you an aspiring artist or writer who dreams of creating the next Desperate Dan, Ms Marvel, or Jake and Finn from Adventure Time? Then come along to Dundee Comics Creative Space next week for the launch of our after-school Comic Clubs!

The first Comic Club will take place at the DCCS workshop studio in the Vision Building, Greenmarket, from 4.30-6.30pm on Tuesday, 1st March. The Club will take place each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The workshops are free and open to all, whether you are an artist, writer or simply interested in learning about comics, and regardless of previous experience. All materials will be provided. Tuesday’s club is aimed at 10-13-year-olds, and Wednesday’s is for 14-17-year-olds, while each Thursday will be a book club night where all participants are invited to bring along comics to discuss.

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Comics Club participants can work on projects with the in-house comics experts or on their own creations with help from the team. The first 10-week block of workshops will see the youngsters work towards a publication and exhibition of the comics created in the space.

DCCS Coordinator Damon Herd said, “Comics can be about anything – space battles, superheroes, fantasy, even journalism and true life stories. We welcome all styles of comics here at DCCS.”

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Watchmen co-creator, and DCCS patron, Dave Gibbons said at a preview event “From the time I was seven years old I just wanted to do comics. If I’d had access to people who knew how to do comics, and were happy to share the knowledge with me, I think I would have got into the business a lot quicker!” That’s what we are trying to create at DCCS – somewhere that young people can be inspired and helped to follow their passion and realise their talent.

Art Director Phillip Vaughan added, “We have a really exciting team of facilitators working in the space and they are keen to start working with young comics creators in the community, and to welcome anyone with an interest in comics.”

Contact Damon Herd at d.herd@dundee.ac.uk for more information.