Dundee Comics Prize 2019

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Art by Helen Robinson

The theme of the 2019 Dundee Comics Prize is ‘Water Worlds’. We encourage submissions that explore our relationship to the sea, rivers and waterways through the medium of comics. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to, climate change, pollution, underwater worlds, and our relationship to the aquatic environment more generally. Any genre or approach will be considered.

There will be a series of events in Dundee in November 2019 as part of the Being Human Festival, including talks, performances, and the launch of the comic. The theme of the Festival this year is Discoveries and Secrets.

Entries to the competition should take the form of 3 pages of completed comic art. The prize is £300, plus publication of the story. Runners-up may also be published if suitable.

The deadline for submissions is 15th November 2019.

The announcement will be made at the launch of the comic on Thursday 21st November 2019 in Dundee Comics Creative Space at 6pm.

The comic will be published by UniVerse. The aim of the competition is to nurture comics talent. Anyone can enter and the submission can be in any style, in black and white or colour, but the work must be finished to a high standard (lettered, inked, etc), and must be a complete story, suitable for publication at A4 size. The work must be original, and it must not have been already published already elsewhere. High resolution quality electronic files are requested (do not send us original artwork). The prize is awarded to the creator or team who produce the work. If the comic is collaborative the members of the team 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 that can be used on a website or in the publication. The decision of the judging panel is final.

All queries and submissions should be sent to Professor Christopher Murray at: c.murray@dundee.ac.uk

Please send large files via wetransfer.

Information about Being Human is available here.

Art by Helen Robinson.

Events in DCCS this week

As you may know, Comics Club is on holiday this week. However, there are several exciting public events taking place in DCCS this week!

Wednesday 16th October 1.15-2.45pm
DUNDEE REMIX COMIC WORKSHOP
– a Festival of the Future event
Age 8+ years [under 14 years to be accompanied by and adult]

Art by Norrie Millar

What does a future Dundee look like to you?
How different will the city and people look in 2050?
What would you like to see?
This workshop will give you a chance to create your future Dundee vision in comic strip form using simple techniques including drawing and collage. Learn about the magic of creating comics while imagining Dundee years from now.

No experience necessary and materials will be provided.
For information and booking click here.

 

Art by Millie Strachan

Thursday 17th October 5-6pm
IDENTITY IN COMICS PANEL
– a Festival of the Future event
Age 14+ years recommended
This event is FREE but must be booked in advance.

Rebecca Horner, comics artist and colourist and lead workshop facilitator at Dundee Comics Creative Space will be joined by special guest Katie Whittle from Comics Youth for this discussion. Comics Youth is a Liverpool-based organisation that supports marginalised and disadvantaged children and young people across Merseyside through comics-focused workshops – themes very close to the heart of DCCS. Other special guest are Dundee based comics creator and researcher Olivia Hicks and up-and-coming comics maker Millie Strachan.

For information and booking click here.

 

Thursday 17th October 7-8.30pm
Speech Bubble – SPOOKY COMICS!
Speech Bubble is a Comics Book Club for 18 years and over held at the Dundee Comics Creative Space on Thursdays (fortnightly) from 7-8.30pm. All are welcome.

It’s time for a spook-athon! Spooky, spoopy, or just plain scary – we want some comics that deliver chills and spills. So settle in for an evening of seasonal, haunted, ghostly and ghastly comics… but don’t settle in too close to the chairs….

More info on the Speech Bubble FB page.

 

Friday 18th October 3-5pm
HOW TO GET INTO THE VISUAL EFFECTS INDUSTRY
Age: 10 years+

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) VFX and animation studio staff Amy Backwell and Bimpe Alliu will talk about how to break into the VFX industry and showcase the work of ILM in blockbuster films and TV shows.

The talk will be followed by a concept design workshop where you can create your own characters and designs.

Free, booking essential. For information and booking click here.

 

Friday 18th October 6-9pm
Laydeez Do Comics Dundee
Laydeez Do ZINES Dundee

The leaves may fall and nights become colder as autumn comes, but LDC Dundee is still here to brighten your nights!
Our 18th October meeting is all about ZINES! Join us for:
* A talk about this most DIY of mediums by Dr. Damon Herd
* A zine-making workshop led by Olivia Hicks, comic creator, doctoral student at the University of Dundee, and experienced zine-maker/zine-instructor/zine-queen.

Everyone over the age of 18 is welcome!
Light drinks and refreshments shall be served! Any questions/comments/concerns, message us! 🙂

More info on the LDCD FB page.

So come on down to DCCS this week and enjoy some great events!

 

IDENTITY IN COMICS PANEL

Art by Millie Strachan

A FESTIVAL OF THE FUTURE comics panel.

Rebecca Horner, comics artist and colourist and lead workshop facilitator at Dundee Comics Creative Space, will be joined by a special guest from Comics Youth for this discussion.

Comics Youth is a Liverpool- based organisation that supports marginalised and disadvantaged children and young people across Merseyside through comics-focused workshops – themes very close to the heart of DCCS.

There will also be some local comic creators as special guests!

Age: 14 years+

FREE but places can be booked at the eventbrite page.

Comicsopolis – Launching Dundee’s new comics – Thursday 18th October

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Chronicle cover – art by Letty Wilson

Dundee is the city of comics – The Comicsopolis!

Join Professor Christopher Murray and his colleagues on Thursday 18th October 2018 5-7pm at DCCS to discuss the surprising history of comics in Dundee, and learn about the future of comics in Dundee, with a look at the new comics being produced by the University.

These include Chronicle, a comic conceived and edited by PhD student Hailey Austin in conjunction with the University of Dundee’s Archive and Museum Services which explores the University’s collection of comics related archival holdings and original artwork.

Chris Murray will be launching Superhuman Futures, a science fiction superhero comic that examines the superhuman as a metaphor for scientific advancement. Created for the Humanities module Human Futures, it demonstrates the innovative link between research, creative work and teaching that is being developed at the University of Dundee. Hailey and Chris will each give a brief presentation on the fascinating process of creating their comics.

Join us in the Dundee Creative Comics Space in the Vision Building, where we will have free comics, an exhibition, and a wine reception!

Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult.
This event is free but must be booked in advance. More details here.

Summer programme update

We have updated the timings of the Fife Libraries workshops next week, see the poster below for the new information. Remaining workshops this summer are:

3rd August Central Library Dundee 2-4pm
6th August Kirkcaldy Galleries 10-11am
6th August Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries  12.30-1.30pm
6th August Dalgety Bay Library 3-4pm
7th August Rothes Hall Library 10-11am
7th August Cupar Library 12.30-1.30pm
7th August St Andrews Library 3-4pm
8th August AK Bell Library Perth 2-4pm
9th August Ardler Complex Dundee 1.30-3.30pm

Our weekly Comics Clubs start again on Tuesday 14th August 4.30pm at DCCS

DCCS summer programme v2

Dundee Comics Prize 2018

2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. She lived in Dundee as a teenager, which partly inspired her in writing the novel. This was recounted in 2015’s Frankenstein Begins comic. The sequel, to be published in October 2018, is entitled Frankenstein Returns. University of Dundee’s Comics Creative Space and the Being Human Festival will team-up to celebrate Shelley’s novel, and its afterlife and legacy. There will be a series of events in Dundee, including talks, workshops, an exhibition, the publication of a Dundee edition of the book, and the launch of the new comic. Contributions to the comic, on the theme of “Frankenstein Returns” are now invited.

Entries to the Frankenstein Returns/Dundee Comics Prize competition should be in the form of at least 5 pages of completed comic art. The prize is £300, plus publication of the story. Runners-up may also be published. The deadline for submissions is 1st October 2018.

For more details please see the flyer below. All queries and submissions should be sent to Professor Christopher Murray at: c.murray@dundee.ac.uk

DUNDEE COMICS PRIZE 2018

Happy New Year from DCCS!

All the best for 2017 from everyone at DCCS!

Comics Clubs start up again on Tuesday 10th January at 4.30pm for 10-13 year olds, and Wednesday 11th January 4.30pm for 14-17 year olds. Hope to see you there!

To ease you in to the New Year, here is a great seasonal comic from 1969, see loads more British comics at Lew Stringer’s excellent blog – Blimey! The blog of British comics from the past, present, and future!

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