Dundee Design Festival

On Monday May 29th we are hosting a drop-in workshop at West Ward Works as part of Dundee Design Festival. Come along between 11am-1pm to meet our expert crew who will be on hand to help budding comics creators bring their imagination to the page. More details here.

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Back to Comics Club

Start of a new school term means that it is also the start of COMICS CLUB!

Workshops start up again this week:
Tuesday 10th January 4.30-6.30pm for 10-13 year olds
Wednesday 11th January 4.30-6.30pm for 14-17 year olds

All welcome, no experience necessary, all materials provided.
Free of charge, just turn up!

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The Haunted Cat House by Alexander Christie

 

 

Digital Comics Clubbers

Our older Comics Clubbers have been learning some digital image making skills over the last couple of weeks. They have been finding out how to separate line art in Photoshop and add colour and shading, with some great results! Clockwise from top left, the art is by Jenni Michie, Eilidh Dolan, Islay Barrie, and Emily Irvine.

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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

War of the Worlds at Comics Club

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Marvel Comics adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Written by Chris Claremont, art by Yong Montano.

Next week at Comics Club we will be running special War of the Worlds workshops to tie-in with the H.G. Wells celebrations as part of the Being Human festival. Professor of Comics Chris Murray from the University of Dundee (who is also the DCCS Operations Director) will be here to talk out about comics adaptations of Wells’ famous alien invasion story. You will then have the opportunity to create your own Martians and make comics -they might even invade Dundee!

Tuesday 8th November 4.30pm-6.30pm (10-13 year olds)
Wednesday 9th November 4.30pm-6.30pm (14-17 year olds)

Workshops with Dragon Matrix artist Hari Conner

Coming up next week we have an exciting new project; a two-week workshop masterclass with comics artist Hari Conner.

Our workshop with Hari will be for 14-17 year olds and will take the slot of our Wednesday Comics Club – 4.30 to 6.30pm here in DCCS – on the 14th and 21st of September. At these events, our Comics Clubbers (and any other interested young people) will be able to learn from Hari and work with her to create their own characters or comics inspired by Dragon Matrix – a new augmented reality theatre adventure taking place in Monikie Country Park next month. As normal, the workshops are completely free with all materials provided – just bring yourself, your friends and some creative ideas!

Hari has recently been working on an interactive companion comic that will go hand in hand with Dragon Matrix. From the 5th to the 31st of October, the forest will be home to a computer generated dream world, with talking, magical creatures that will help you on your quest to find six missing dragon stones. The adventure will be enhanced by the Dragon Matrix app, and promises to be a fantastical experience!

– Caitlin Mitchell

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The front cover of Hari’s comic for the Dragon Matrix event

 

Meet the Comics Clubbers Part 2!

The next Comics Clubbers to be interviewed about their time at DCCS and their love of comics were David and Mia from our Tuesday workshops!

Tell us a bit about yourselves!

D: I’m David, I’m 11 and I’m from Blairgowrie but I live in Dundee now.

M: I’m Mia, I’m 11 and I’m from Wormit.

How long have you been coming to Comics Club?

D: Since the beginning, in March! I saw about the DCCS on the news on TV. I came because I like reading comics so I wanted to have a chance to make my own.

M: I’ve been coming for a few months. My dad used to work in DC Thomson and I’m interested in comics so I came along! My dad heard about it and told me.

What are you working on at the moment?

M: Pugtato Time! It’s basically about a pug who is a potato, and her adventures. It’s for the fair at the Literary festival in October.

D: The fruit family – so far I’ve got Banana Steven, he’s the first in the family.

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A sample from the first chapter of Mia’s Pugtato Time

What are your favourite comics?

M: I like The Beano because it’s funny.

D: Deadpool because I watched the movie and liked it.

What’s the best thing about coming to the DCCS?

D: Drawing lots of fun comics! And getting to make your own.

M: I just like comics!

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An excerpt from Tim’s Great Adventures by David

What else do you like doing apart from Comics Club? 

D: I go to Scouts, there’s not a comics badge in Scouts yet but there should be!

M: I do Scouts and swimming.

What would you say about Comics Club to people who might want to come?

M: You can express your feelings by drawing them!

D: It’s really good! Damon and the artists help with your ideas and also Damon’s funny.

Finally, what’s your favourite joke?

D: What’s a cat’s favourite colour? Purrrple!

M: What did the doughnut say to the person? Doughnut eat me! I made that one up.

Thanks guys!