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

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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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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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Tackling Disability Hate Crime

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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.

What we’re reading during Book Week Scotland – part 6

So, just what is DCCS artist Andy Strachan reading this week?

“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.”

– Andy Strachan

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Two classic Calvin and Hobbes strips © Bill Watterson