Dundee Comics Prize 2020

The theme of the 2020 Dundee Comics Prize is ‘New Worlds’. We encourage submissions that explore this theme through the medium of comics. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to, discovery, innovation, space exploration, and fantastic or imagined worlds. Any genre or approach will be considered. There will be a series of events in November 2020 as part of the Being Human Festival. The launch of the comic, New Worlds, will be on Friday 20th November 2020. We will also launch Pandemic Tales, a comic that showcases responses to the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown, reflecting on the ways we have all had to adjust to this strange new world over the last year. Under current restrictions we are sorry to say that we cannot host an event in Dundee Comics Creative Space as we have every year since 2015, so we are planning an online launch and a virtual meeting. Details of this will be posted on the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies website soon.

Entries to the competition should take the form of a minimum 5 pages of completed comic art. The prize is £500, plus publication of the story. Stories by runners-up may also be published if suitable. The deadline for submissions is Monday 9th November 2020. The announcement will be made on Friday 20th November 2020.

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.

More information is available here.

Information about Being Human is available here.

Comics Club autumn season

COMICS CLUB is now running until the end of the year – from Tuesday 22nd (4.30-6pm) and Wednesday 23rd October (5-6.30pm) until Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th December.

We will then take a month off over Christmas and start up again mid-January 2020.

We are currently running a waiting list for the Tuesday club. Contact DCCS Coordinator Damon Herd at d.herd@dundee.ac.uk for details.

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Art by Rebecca Horner. Autumn variation by Damon Herd.

DUNDEE REMIX COMICS WORKSHOP

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Art by Norrie Millar

A FESTIVAL OF THE FUTURE comics workshop

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.

Age: 8 years+ (under 14 years to be accompanied by an adult)

Tickets £3 

To book a place visit the eventbrite page

Great War Dundee – Comic Launch

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Art by Ian Kennedy

On Friday 20th September from 10am-4.30pm V&A Dundee are hosting a FREE all day event inspired by the First World War. This joint Scottish Centre for Comic Studies and Great War Dundee (GWD) event pulls together many of the threads of the GWD projects that have taken place since 2014, and commemorates the GWD project officially drawing to a close. The event will cover topics such as the presentation of the First World War in comics and games, and attendees will get an opportunity to develop their own comic strips.

The Great War Dundee comic will also be launched at the event. The comic contains a story written by legendary comics creator Pat Mills, who worked at DC Thomson before creating the hugely successful British science fiction comic 2000AD. In the 1970s Pat Mills started work on one of the most acclaimed war comics of all time, Charley’s War. The artist for the ‘Ragtime Soldier’ story is Gary Welsh, one of the University of Dundee’s recent graduates. The other strips included in the comic are ‘The Women’s Toon’, written by Erin Keepers and Hailey Austin, with art by 2000AD artist Anna Morozova, and ‘Casualties of War’, written by Calum Laird and drawn by Elliot Balson. All these creators are graduates of the comics programme in Dundee. Ian Kennedy provides the cover artwork.

For more information and to book tickets please see the Great War Dundee eventbrite page.

There will be a signing with Pat Mills from 6.30-8pm in Dundee Creative Comics Space. No tickets are required to come along to this.

Cryptography meets Comics

DCCS is very pleased to be hosting a Great War Dundee comics workshop this weekend as part of Cryptography meets Comics. See details below.

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Are you aged between 12 and 15 years old? Do you love cracking codes and puzzles, creating comics, or doing both?

Then come along to Great War Dundee’s unique event on Saturday 22nd June. The event will make you think differently about World War One, and how it relates to all of us today. Your ideas could even contribute to the development of a new comic about the Great War, which will be launched later this year.

The event will start outside The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum. Participants will then take a walk around different locations in Dundee city centre that link to Dundee’s war effort, locations they will identify by deciphering Caesar cipher clues released via Twitter. The walk will take around 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes, and participants will be accompanied by members of the Great War Dundee Partnership. Parents and carers are welcome to accompany the walk. After a short break for lunch you will then go to the Vision Building and work with a team from the Dundee Comics Creative Space to create your very own comic, with a Great War theme.

  • Date – Saturday 22nd June 2019
  • Time – 10am to 2.30pm
  • Location – Meet outside the main entrance to The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum. Event concludes in The Vision Building, Abertay University.
  • Cost – Free
  • Booking is required – Go to Eventbrite
  • Please bring snacks, lunch and drinks, as they will not be supplied as part of the event.
  • For further information contact Fiona Sinclair, Project Coordinator, at fiona@cfjassociates.com
  • For further information about the Great War Dundee Partnership, please go to www.greatwardundee.com or visit the Great War Dundee Facebook page.

The Great War Dundee Partnership secured money to deliver the Hidden Histories project from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project is engaging with groups and individuals from Dundee, to support them in learning how and why WW1 impacted both then and now on the city and its people.

Dundee Decides

Art by Norrie Millar, coloured by Rebecca Horner.

A few weeks ago Ink Pot were commissioned to produce a comic to help promote and explain Dundee City Council‘s new ‘Dundee Decides‘ initiative which launched on January 29th. This is a participatory budgeting exercise where the people of Dundee help decide which priorities are funded through an online voting process. For more details see the ‘Dundee Decides’ website, the comic can also be downloaded here.

Cover image by Catriona Laird