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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GULLIVER’S WORLDS at Dundee Science Centre

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Gulliver’s Travels © 1956 by Dell Comics / Western Publishing

Gulliver’s Worlds
4th November 10am-5pm
Dundee Science Centre

DCCS will be at Dundee Science Centre tomorrow running comics workshops during the Gulliver’s Worlds day of events (part of the Dundee Science Festival and the Being Human festival). There is a full day of events from 10am-5pm. Our artist/facilitators will be there between 10am-noon and 2-4pm. Come along and invent some wonderful creatures and make some comics!

Join Gulliver on his journeys through different worlds!
Follow the story of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ as written by Jonathan Swift and take a fresh look at our Environment from different perspectives.

What does it feel like from the perspective of a giant, do we realise how small we actually are and what might life look like if it were to exist somewhere else in the universe?

Find out all about these different ‘points-of-view’ – both in this world and out!

The Dundee Comics Prize 2017

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Jonathan Swift, the world’s greatest satirist and author of Gulliver’s Travels, A Tale of a Tub, and A Modest Proposal, turns 350 in November 2017. The University of Dundee’s Comics Creative Space and the Being Human Festival will team-up to celebrate Swift’s life and legacy. There will be a series of events in Dundee, including talks, workshops, a pantomime, and the launch of a new comic.

You are invited to contribute a story to the comic based on or inspired by Swift’s satire. This follows on the success of previous Dundee Comics Prize publications, Frankenstein Begins: Mary Shelley’s Dundee (2015) and Time and Space (2016), a graphic anthology of comics inspired by the works of H.G. Wells.

Entries to the Swift comic competition should come in the form of 4 – 6 pages of completed comic art. The story may be an adaptation of a story by Swift, or a satire that is inspired by his work. The prize is £300, plus publication of the story. Runners-up may also be published. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 19th November 2017.

The work will be judged by a panel consisting of comic creators and scholars, with the announcement being made at the launch of the comic on Saturday 25th November 2017 in Dundee Comics Creative Space at 6pm. The comic will be produced by Ink Pot Studios. The aim of the Dundee Comics Prize is to nurture talent in comics and to help new creators gain recognition. Anyone can enter the competition, 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 it must be a complete story. The work must be original, and it must not have been published already or be currently offered for publication elsewhere.

When submitting final copy good quality electronic copies are requested in the first instance. The prize is awarded to the creator or team who produce the work. If the comic is collaborative the members of the team will 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. These will be used on the DCCS website. 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: www.dundeecomicscreativespace.com/
and here: http://beinghumanfestival.org/

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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)

The Dundee Comics Prize 2016

The Dundee Comics Prize
War of the Worlds art by Norrie Millar

HG Wells Comic Competition

H.G. Wells is one of the most influential science fiction writers of all time. Among his many works are The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, and The Invisible Man, which brought new ideas to life and showed us glimpses of the future.

In November 2016 the University of Dundee’s Dundee Comics Creative Space and the Being Human Festival will team up to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of H.G. Wells. There will be a series of events in Dundee, including talks and workshops, and the launch of a new comic. You are invited to contribute a story based on or inspired by the science fiction stories of H.G. Wells!

There are two categories:

Category One: 4-6 pages of completed comic art. The prize is £250, plus publication of the story in the HG Wells comic. Entrants should be over 16 years old. Runners-up may be published.

Category Two: 2-3 pages of completed comic art. The prize is £150, plus publication of the story in the HG Wells comic. Entrants must be 15 years old, or younger. Runners-up may be published.

The deadline for completed submissions is Sunday 13th November 2016.
The work will be judged by a panel consisting of comic creators and scholars, with the announcement being made at the launch of the comic on November 25th 2016.

There will be a public lecture by Dr Chris Murray on comics inspired by Wells, accompanied by a workshop at the McManus Galleries, Dundee, on 1st November 2016, 6.00 – 7.30pm.

The aim of the Dundee Comics Prize is to nurture talent in comics and to help new creators gain recognition. Anyone can enter the competition, and the submission can be in any style, in black or white or colour, but the work must be finished to a high standard (lettered, inked, etc), and it must be a complete story. The work must be original, and it must not have been published already or be currently offered for publication elsewhere. When submitting work good quality electronic copies are requested in the first instance. The prize is awarded to the creator or team who produce the work. If the work is collaborative the members of the team will 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. These will be used on the DCCS website. The decision of the judging panel is final.

All queries and submissions should be sent to dundeecomicsprize@gmail.com