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!

Next Comics Club is Tuesday 7th June

We are on a short break here at DCCS and will be back on Tuesday 7th June at 4.30pm for the first of our regular 2-hour Comics Clubs for 10-13 year olds. Wednesday 8th at 4.30pm will be for 14-17 year olds, and Thursday 9th at 4.30pm for 10-17 year olds.

During the break we will hosting a workshop at Dundee Design Festival on Saturday 28th May at 10 am, click the link for details.

We are currently putting together a digital comic of the strips created in the last sessions but in the meantime here is a ‘comics mash-up’ taster from all the comics.

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After-school Comics Clubs launching Tuesday 1st March

Are you an aspiring artist or writer who dreams of creating the next Desperate Dan, Ms Marvel, or Jake and Finn from Adventure Time? Then come along to Dundee Comics Creative Space next week for the launch of our after-school Comic Clubs!

The first Comic Club will take place at the DCCS workshop studio in the Vision Building, Greenmarket, from 4.30-6.30pm on Tuesday, 1st March. The Club will take place each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The workshops are free and open to all, whether you are an artist, writer or simply interested in learning about comics, and regardless of previous experience. All materials will be provided. Tuesday’s club is aimed at 10-13-year-olds, and Wednesday’s is for 14-17-year-olds, while each Thursday will be a book club night where all participants are invited to bring along comics to discuss.

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Comics Club participants can work on projects with the in-house comics experts or on their own creations with help from the team. The first 10-week block of workshops will see the youngsters work towards a publication and exhibition of the comics created in the space.

DCCS Coordinator Damon Herd said, “Comics can be about anything – space battles, superheroes, fantasy, even journalism and true life stories. We welcome all styles of comics here at DCCS.”

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Watchmen co-creator, and DCCS patron, Dave Gibbons said at a preview event “From the time I was seven years old I just wanted to do comics. If I’d had access to people who knew how to do comics, and were happy to share the knowledge with me, I think I would have got into the business a lot quicker!” That’s what we are trying to create at DCCS – somewhere that young people can be inspired and helped to follow their passion and realise their talent.

Art Director Phillip Vaughan added, “We have a really exciting team of facilitators working in the space and they are keen to start working with young comics creators in the community, and to welcome anyone with an interest in comics.”

Contact Damon Herd at d.herd@dundee.ac.uk for more information.

 

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.