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.

Comics Club is back!

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Still from Futurama © Fox and Matt Groening

Good news everyone! A new term means a new season of our regular after school Comics Clubs! This year we are keeping the venue, days and times the same:

TUESDAYS 4.30-6.30pm for 10-13 year olds
WEDNESDAYS 4.30-6.30pm for 14-17 year olds 

The workshops take place at DCCS HQ in The Vision Building, follow the link for details.

In addition to the regular clubs we have teamed up with The Circle in Staffa Place to run a 10 week programme of workshops beginning THURSDAY September 6th from 4.30pm. The Circle is a hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups and socially aware businesses in Dundee, and working with them helps make our workshops accessible for more people across Dundee. See the flyer below for more details, places can be booked here.

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Flyer art by Rebecca Horner

Summer programme update

We have updated the timings of the Fife Libraries workshops next week, see the poster below for the new information. Remaining workshops this summer are:

3rd August Central Library Dundee 2-4pm
6th August Kirkcaldy Galleries 10-11am
6th August Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries  12.30-1.30pm
6th August Dalgety Bay Library 3-4pm
7th August Rothes Hall Library 10-11am
7th August Cupar Library 12.30-1.30pm
7th August St Andrews Library 3-4pm
8th August AK Bell Library Perth 2-4pm
9th August Ardler Complex Dundee 1.30-3.30pm

Our weekly Comics Clubs start again on Tuesday 14th August 4.30pm at DCCS

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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

Comic Swap reviews!

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We were super excited to receive a parcel from Comic Swap this week. A few weeks ago we sent off some copies of Da Awesome Comic and in return we were sent 5 comics from other comics clubs around the country. The five amazing comics were:

Hadrian’s Cavalry Comic
Intergalactic Comic-ness
Widcombe Comic Club Volume 2
Eddy Tiles and the West End Loan Shark
Sprays That Do Exciting Things & Other Comics 2018

We decided that it would be really great for our Comics Clubbers to read the comics and then draw some short strips as reviews. See the wonderful results below!

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Sprays That Do Exciting Things review by Conor
review diana
The Adventure of Marshmallow & Sun (from Intergalactic Comic-ness) review by Diana
review lana
Amelia’s Comic (from Widcombe Comic Club) review by Lana
review shannon
Sprays That Do Exciting Things review by Shannon
review darcey
Sprays That Do Exciting Things review by Darcey
review emily
Hadrian’s Cavalry Comic review by Emily
review elena
Amelia’s Comic (from Widcombe Comic Club) review by Elena
review sen
Sprays That Do Exciting Things review by Sen
review sadie
Sprays That Do Exciting Things review by Sadie
review mia
Sprays That Do Exciting Things review by Mia
review sarah
Amelia’s Comic (from Widcombe Comic Club) review by Sarah
review harry
Hadrian’s Cavalry Comic review by Harry
review alex
Eddy Tiles and the West End Loan Shark review by Alex
A review by Drew
A review by Drew
review millie
Sprays That Do Exciting Things review by Millie

Comics Club Blog – November Comics Challenge

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Our pals at Comics Club Blog asked us to do their Comics Challenge for November. We thought it was a great chance to share the workshop that we have been doing for the Being Human Festival and inspired by Gulliver’s Travels. Click on the links to try it out for yourself, and while you’re there check out all the cool stuff they have been up to!