Comics Club at The Circle – anthology launch 25th November

Art by Katie Fotheringham

Each Thursday for the last three months we have been running one of our popular after school Comics Clubs at The Circle in Staffa Place. The Circle is a hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups and socially aware businesses in Dundee. They provide affordable offices, co-working and community space. By bringing organisations together, they are promoting collaboration and fostering innovation that does social good in the city.

It has been a pleasure working with The Circle to help make our Comics Clubs accessible to more young people across Dundee. We are proud to be able to launch a new Comics Club Anthology at The Circle featuring comics by the young people who attended the workshops there.

On Sunday November 25th The Circle is partnering with their tenants to host a Yuletide Fair. It will be an afternoon of festive fun, including food and drinks, local business stalls, Santa’s grotto and much more! And DCCS will be there! Come along between 12-4pm to pick up a copy of the comic and see what else The Circle has to offer.

‘Frankenstein Returns’ comic launch – Dundee Comics Prize 2018

Frankenstein Returns cover detail – Art by Dan McDaid, colour and lettering Phillip Vaughan.

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, who lived in Dundee briefly as a teenager, partly inspiring her in writing her best known Gothic novel. On Thursday November 22nd at DCCS we are hosting the launch of Frankenstein Returns – the comic produced during the Being Human Festival celebrating the legacy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The comic features stories by Professor Chris Murray with artwork by Norrie Millar, Elliot Balson, and Ashling Larkin as well as a comic by David Robertson, and illustrations by Cam Kennedy and Dan McDaid. The comic also contains the winning entries from the Dundee Comics Prize 2018 and stories by young artists from DCCS’s weekly Comics Clubs. Chris Murray will open the event with an illustrated talk on a history of Frankenstein comics.

Part of the University of Dundee’s Being Human 2018 series “Frankenstein Returns“.

Suitable for all ages. The event runs from 6-8pm.

Close to the Heart Comic Launch

Inspired by the memory of her beloved father, University of Dundee PhD student Megan Sinclair has created a new comic that explores bereavement while raising both awareness of heart disease and funds for vital medical research.

Close to the Heart will be launched at a symposium at Dundee Comics Creative Space on Wednesday 21st November. The publication centres on the sudden death of Megan’s father, George, who suffered a fatal heart attack in his sleep at the age of 53 in April 2014. She says the event turned her family and life upside down but her determination to do her father proud helped drive Megan towards First Class Honours and a Masters degree with distinction before embarking on her PhD in Comics and Education.

Despite its origins in tragedy, Megan says the overall message of Close to the Heart, which explores the importance of communication in helping people cope with grief, is one of hope.

Wednesday’s symposium focuses on public information comics produced by the Comics Studies team at the University in collaboration with academic and non-academic partners and aims to explore the impact of comics as a mode of public engagement as well as a research methodology.

The event begins at 10am with guest speaker Nicola Streeten, an illustrator, graphic novelist and author of Billy, Me and You, discussing her own experience of comics and grief. Other talks centred on graphic health will follow, along with a workshop, and roundtable discussion.

Close to the Heart will be officially launched at 7pm that evening and members of the public are welcome to attend both the symposium and the launch event. The comic is free but donations, which will be given to the British Heart Foundation, are welcome.

People can register for the symposium here and to attend the launch of Close to the Heart here.

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.

Comics Club Anthology Volume 3 launch

Check it out – fresh from the printers, Comics Club Volume 3: Guardians of the Comics with a cover by Comics Clubber Darcey Maltman. The comic will be launched this Friday (July 13th) between 1-2.30pm at The McManus Galleries. Come along to the learning centre on the first floor to pick up a copy and take part in a drop-in comics session!

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Summer programme

There are blue skies and it is super hot outside – it must be the summer holidays in sunny Dundee! Last week was the last week of school and also the last week of Comics Club until after the summer holidays – Comics Club returns on Tuesday 14th August.

But fear not comics fans! DCCS will be on tour, bringing comics to you! First up, from 9th to 19th July on Monday to Thursday 10am-1pm, we will be running the Department of Arty Capers as part of the McManus, sorry, The McMenace Summer S’kool! If you would like to come along contact the McManus on 01382 307200.

Then on Friday July 13th we will be launching Volume 3 of our Comics Club anthology called Guardians of the Comics. Come along to the McManus from 1-2.30pm to pick up a copy!

Later, in August we will be doing workshops in libraries and community centres across Dundee, Fife, and Perth. See the flyer below for details and contact the venues if you would like to come along!

DCCS summer programme

Inkthology Comic Launch

Inkthology Launch

This Friday come join us at DCCS for the launch of the very first Ink Pot comics anthology – the wonderfully titled INKTHOLOGY.

INKTHOLOGY is themed around the magical properties of ink and each artist and writer has contributed an original stand alone story. The collection features Ink Pot artists alongside guest spots from other artists closely associated with Ink Pot and DCCS.

From 7pm come along and meet the artists and purchase your very own copy of INKTHOLOGY. Special events on the night include DeeCAP comics performances with live music and a special Speech Bubble comics panel. There will also be the chance to see an exhibition of art from the comic curated by Zu Dominiak.

Artists featured:

Kathryn Briggs
Zu Dominiak
Andy Herd
Rebecca Horner
Catriona Laird
Ashling Larkin
Seumidh MacDonald
Norrie Millar
Monty Nero
David Robertson
Helen Robinson
Andrew Strachan
Gary Welsh
Letty Wilson

*Please be aware that that DCCS currently has no available parking at the Vision Building*

Cam Kennedy Masterclass

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Rescheduled due to #SNOWMAGGEDON

Wednesday 11th April 7-8.30pm

JOIN US AT DCCS for a unique event & live drawing session with comics legend Cam Kennedy!

Cam will be going through his creative process LIVE at Dundee Comics Creative Space in the Vision Building and will give us unique insights into his career!

From his website bio:
“Following work in commercial art in his hometown of Glasgow, Kennedy went freelance and worked as an illustrator on D.C. Thomson’s Commando, a well-known British war comic, between 1967 and 1972, before leaving comics altogether to become a professional fine artist. Kennedy’s work has been described as gritty, energetic, chunky and raw.”

After returning to comics in 1978, he later worked on 2000AD, including stints on Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper, Star Wars comics, and the creator-owned Vietnam War-inspired science fiction fantasy The Light and Darkness War with Tom Veitch.

Free but ticketed:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cam-kennedy-masterclass-live-draw-11418-tickets-43125636941

Swift at 350 – comic launch!

Come along on Saturday to find out the winners of this year’s Dundee Comics Prize!

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We are delighted to invite you the launch of Swift at 350, a comic that responds to the work of the world’s greatest satirist. The event takes place this Saturday (25th November), and promises to be a lot of fun! Part of the Being Human Festival of the Arts 2017, the occasion is inspired by Jonathan Swift’s satirical novel, Gulliver’s Travels.

Saturday 25th November 2017
6.00 – 8.00pm
Dundee Comics Creative Space  

Professor Chris Murray will give a brief overview of some of the wonderful adaptations of Swift’s work in comics, and the winner of the Dundee Comics Prize will be announced. The creators of the stories that appear in Swift at 350 will discuss their contribution, and every attendee will be able to pick up a free copy of the comic. Come meet the creators and learn more about the process of bringing ideas to life in the comics form. There will also be a wine reception.

 Tickets are free, and can be booked through this link.

Follow the Dundee hub of the Being Human Festival on Twitter @HumanDundee and on Facebook for the latest updates. In addition to University and local news outlets, we recently featured on a special edition about Gulliver’s Travels for Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3.

Please share this event with anyone who may be interested, and bring along friends and family on the day.

 Look forward to seeing you there!

The Imaginarium – Being Human Festival

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Image by Adria Meserve

DCCS is running comics workshops as part of the Being Human Festival from 2-5pm on 22nd November in the Dalhousie Building room 2S14, University of Dundee. Details below. All Welcome!

What is the Google brain doing to our imagination? Are lie detectors always honest? What is bullet time? What is monster theory?

The Imaginarium, a showcase for the arts and sciences, comprises eight rooms in the Dalhousie Building at the University of Dundee stuffed with ongoing, drop-by activities (i.e. come by when you can). Ushers will be available to take you on a tour of the different rooms on the day itself.

(1) Telling Tall Tales (a creative writing workshop with Eddie Small) (2G14: 4-6pm)

(2) A Pop-Up Psychology Lab (1LG03: 2-5pm)

(3) The Mega-Knitting Room (2G13: 2-5pm)

(4) The VR Museum (2S17: 2-5pm)

(5) The Comics Studio (with pop-up book-making) (2S14: 2-5pm)

(6) A Gulliver’s Travels Art Installation (2S16: 2-5pm)

(7) The Green-Screen Film Studio (in the Drama Studio: 2-5pm) and

(8) The Imaginarium Lightning Lectures (Lecture Theatre 1: 2-5pm, details below).

Various rooms will also include looped film screenings, such as Dame Sue Black’s Martian Autopsy and various classic animations of Gulliver’s Travels.

The Imaginarium Lightning Lectures –
2pm to 2.45pm
Daniel Cook (English) – Introduction
Keith Williams (English) – A Quick History of Bullet Time
Nicholas Wade (Psychology) – The Science and Art of Vision

3pm to 4.45pm
Karen Petrie (Computing) – The Growth of Artificial Intelligence
Hope Roulstone (English) – On Monster Theory
Anna Robb (Education) – Why All Schools Should Be Art Schools

4pm to 4.45pm
Dominic Smith (Philosophy) – The Tay Bridge Disaster
Roger (Ruo-Qian) Wang (Civil Engineering) – Crowd-sourcing Data and Urban Flooding
Adam Cuthbert (English) – On Camera-Eye and the Stream of Consciousness

This event is part of the University of Dundee’s Being Human Festival of the Humanities series Jonathan Swift at 350: lost and found

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