On Monday May 29th we are hosting a drop-in workshop at West Ward Works as part of Dundee Design Festival. Come along between 11am-1pm to meet our expert crew who will be on hand to help budding comics creators bring their imagination to the page. More details here.
There was a great profile in The Courier yesterday of our very own Operations Director Professor Chris Murray, highlighting the fact that he is now the World’s first Professor of Comics! For more details see the article on The Courier website here.
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!
Over the last few months our Comics Clubbers and artists have been collaborating with local charity Advocating Together to produce a comic looking at disability hate crime. This 12-page comic highlights particular examples of hate crime, and gives information on what to do if you experience these crimes. This includes using Keep Safe cards, which give information and emergency contact details of the holder.
We are very pleased to be hosting the launch of the Tackling Disability Hate Crime comic at DCCS HQ today. If you would like to pick up a copy, please contact Advocating Together.
“I am reading The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes. This has been a brilliant discovery as I am new to the comic genius of Bill Watterson and his much loved creations. Calvin is a hyper-active six year old and Hobbes is a soft toy tiger who lives in Calvin’s imagination as a best friend. The stories are poignant, philosophical and often very funny. Bill Watterson displays a mastery of comic book storytelling. I particularly liked the visual storytelling where the pictures said it all and words were not required.”
Today DCCS artist Norrie Millar tells us his pick for Book Week Scotland.
“With the Luc Besson Valerian film coming to theaters soon, I thought it was a perfect time to catch up with the Valerian & Laureline series of comics by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres. Starting with The City of Shifting Water, the series tells the adventures of Valerian and Laureline, two futuristic adventurers who try to keep the peace across the vastness of time and space. The books mix beautiful art and intelligent concepts which were hugely influential on later films The Fifth Element, and Star Wars. Timeless stuff!”
Next up in our reading picks for Book Week Scotland is DCCS artist Catriona Laird.
“I’m always reading webcomic avasdemon.com when it updates. I discovered it a few years ago and backed the first kickstarter to make physical copies of volume 1. It deals with the concept of inner demons in a futuristic setting where a large part of the galaxy is ruled by a domineering godlike figure called Titan. Ava is plagued by a demon, Wrathia, who opposed Titan in the past but was ultimately defeated by him and bonded herself to Ava in order to continue living and seek revenge. The comic is enhanced by superb animations at key moments in the story with some amazing music to accompany it.”
In our second Book Week Scotland post, DCCS artist Elliot Balson tells us what he has been reading lately.
“My pick is Head Lopper by Andrew MacLean. It’s a Mignola-esque fantasy set in the Highlands, featuring a stoic warrior called Norgal, or Headlopper, and his companion – the decapitated head of a witch. It’s a fun tale, with gorgeous visuals, with equal touches of Hellboy, Adventure Time, and The Witcher.”