‘Patience Goes Uphill’ launch

Patience Goes Uphill is an illustrated children’s book commissioned by The Uphill Trust from Ink Pot artist Catriona Laird. The book launch is on Thursday April 20th 6.30pm at DCCS and the event will include a talk by the author/artist and you will be able to find out about the work of The Uphill Trust who are supporting Uphill Junior School in western Uganda. There will also be a mini market run by PopDundee selling jewellery and comics, with proceeds going to help Uphill Junior School. For more details see the FB event page.

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H. G. Wells: A Graphic Anthology

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Art by Norrie Millar

Come and join us for an H.G. Wells themed comics workshop, and whet your appetite for all things alien before the Martian Autopsy event at the University of Dundee. Drop by to hear a talk on the history of science-fiction comics! See comics works-in-process by creators Norrie Millar and Rebecca Horner from the forthcoming H.G. Wells graphic anthology! Then design your Martian and make your own comic, perhaps showing the destruction they would wreak on Dundee!

Saturday 19th November 2:00-4:30pm
Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Free admission | No booking required

This event is part of University of Dundee’s series H. G. Wells at 150: Hope and Fear

Comics masterclass with Ian Kennedy – today at 2pm

Today at DCCS as part of Dundee Literary Festival – a live drawing demonstration by comics legend Ian Kennedy.

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Dan Dare art by Ian Kennedy

Watch Ian Kennedy create comics illustrations in his signature pen, ink and acrylics technique, honed over his 50 year career.

Educated in Dundee, Ian started work as a trainee illustrator in the D. C. Thomson & Co Art Department in 1949 – he recalls that his first published work was inking the black squares in the weekly Sunday Post crossword!

Over his career he has worked on a host of characters and publications, from 1950’s war comics such as Thriller Picture Library and Air Ace to IPC’s 2000AD and Starlord. Ian is highly regarded in comics circles, by fellow professionals and fans alike, and we’re delighted he’ll be sharing his expertise as part of the festival.

(There will be another opportunity to attend this masterclass with Ian on Saturday 22nd, 5pm)

Tickets available from Dundee Literary Festival’s eventbrite page.

 

Dundee – One City, Many, Many Comics!

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Art by Claire Roe

To whet your appetite for Ink & Pixels, our exhibition opening next week looking at contemporary comics creation in Dundee, our Operations Director Dr Chris Murray is giving a talk tomorrow which examines the extraordinary history of comics in Dundee.

Dundee – One City, Many, Many Comics! is part of the 2016 Armitstead Lectures series, and takes place at 7.30pm on Friday 14th October at the University of Dundee and costs £2 on the door.

“Dundee has been at the heart of Scottish, and British, comics publishing since the 1930s. This lecture will briefly discuss how the medium of comics works, then will examine the extraordinary history of comics in Dundee, from DC Thomson and Valentines to the wealth of comics currently being produced in the city.”

Venue: Dalhousie Building, Lecture Theatre 2, University of Dundee, Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EN. Click here for a map.

Ink & Pixels exhibition

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Next week come along to Ink & Pixels our new exhibition at Dundee Comics Creative Space – discover or re-discover Dundee’s comic scene! From The Beano to Treehouse, and all points in between. Humorous comics, serious comics, big and small, drawn with ink and pixels… This exhibition highlights contemporary graphic creation in Dundee.

This free exhibition is open Saturdays 12 to 6pm from the 19th of October until the 26th of November in DCCS HQ at Unit 7, The Vision Building, 20 Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB. Other times by appointment, contact d.herd@dundee.ac.uk

You are warmly invited to the opening event at 6pm on the 17th of October, including a comic market organised by PopDundee, numerous artists will be present and refreshments available!

EDIT: opening times updated

Ex Libris Book Fair at Dundee Literary Festival

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As part of the Dundee Literary Festival in October our Comics Clubbers will be selling their comics at the Ex Libris Book Fair! Young artists from our Tuesday and Wednesday workshops have been working to produce a comic book each, full of their own work, and they will have the chance to display and sell this at the fair! Wildly creative and incredibly talented, we are very proud of our Comics Clubbers and the work they have produced. This is a great chance for you to see the magic which happens at DCCS! Feel free to swing by our stall to check out (and buy) the comics!

This event will be running from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 23rd October in Bonar Hall, and is a free drop-in event. The Ex Libris Fair is run by Ess Publications and this is the third time it has been featured in Dundee Literary Festival! Celebrating talented artists working in book formats, the fair will feature small presses, indie comics creators, artist book makers and – of course – the Comics Clubbers’ books! See you there!

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Comics at the Dundee Literary Festival!

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DCCS is very proud to be part of this year’s Dundee Literary Festival. The festival is an annual event run by Literary Dundee, a University of Dundee-led cultural organisation which celebrates readers and writers, and brings the best writers in the world to the City of Discovery. This year the Festival will be running from the 19th to the 23rd of October, with additional events taking place on Saturday 24th September and Friday 25th November. There are many comics events scheduled, from masterclass workshops with renowned artists to discussions with up and coming graphic novelists. There is also a chance to add to our Giant Comics Jam which will be running throughout the festival. We are super excited about all these events. See you there!

Here is a schedule of the Comics events – more information and booking details can be found on the Literary Dundee website!

Thursday 20th October:

  • Comics Masterclass with Ian Kennedy (live drawing demonstration by comics legend Ian Kennedy)

Saturday 22nd October:

  • 50 Years of Comics: Morris Heggie (bringing The Broons, Dennis the Menace and Oor Wullie to life)
  • New Kids on the Block: Neil Slorance & Maria Stoian (the power of graphic storytelling)
  • Create a Comic Workshop with Jim Glen (especially for ages 6 to 10)
  • Big Braw Birthday Tea Dance: The Broons and Oor Wullie at 80 (Part of Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing festival)
  • Comics Masterclass with Ian Kennedy (live drawing demonstration by comics legend Ian Kennedy)
  • Launch: The Drouth – the Scottish Literary Journal are publishing a special comics edition guest edited by DCCS Coordinator Damon Herd

Sunday 23rd October:

  • Family Workshop: Tales O’ Our Town (in partnership with University of Dundee’s Museum services & Verdant Works)
  • Ex Libris Book Fair (featuring work by young DCCS Comics Clubbers!)

DCCS OPEN DAY

Friday 12th February
12-4pm

Are you aged between 10 and 17 years old?*

Then come down to Dundee Comics Creative Space this Friday (or ask a parent or guardian to bring you!) for a chance to find out what we are planning here at DCCS!

The first 10 young people through the door on Friday will receive a free copy of the first issue of How to Draw the Marvel Way.

*Our project is aimed at 10-17 year olds but everyone is welcome to attend the open day.

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Ahead of our launch in a couple of weeks this is a chance to visit Dundee Comics Creative Space and see what we are up to!

Drop in to see the space and meet the comics creators who are usually hard at work making comics in our studio.

You can also sign up for our three workshops. They are FREE but booking is required at the links below.

Create a Comics Character Workshop

Design a Comic Cover Workshop

Make a Mini-Comic Workshop

Please note that DCCS has no allocated parking at the Vision Building. There is public parking available on Greenmarket and Perth Road. The most convenient access point for DCCS is the entrance on Seabraes Lane off Perth Road.

Futureshock! The Story of 2000AD

On Saturday 16th January at 9.15pm Dundee Contemporary Arts are showing British comics documentary Futureshock! The Story of 2000AD. The film will be introduced by Dr Chris Murray, Operations Director of DCCS and head of Comics Studies at the University of Dundee. To mark this event DCA have posted a short interview with Chris celebrating comics and Dundee.