Comics Club Spotlight

We are delighted to be this month’s featured comics club on new website comicsclub.blog

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comicsclub.blog is a site very much after our own hearts here at DCCS:

It is “dedicated to providing ideas and resources to comics clubs around the country, and to anyone who wants to join in with our ongoing project of Helping Awesome Kids Make Awesome Comics.

On this site we’ll be posting regular monthly Comics Challenges – activities and worksheets that can be used by anyone as a spur to getting kids writing, drawing, reading and making.

comicsclub.blog is a project by Neill Cameron and Hannah Sackett, with technical assistance from Sam Hardacre.”

Click on the links for more details!

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

 

 

‘Tackling Disability Hate Crime’ comic launched

The Tackling Disability Hate Crime comic was launched with an event at DCCS on December 21st. Representatives from DCCS, Advocating Together, The Rank Foundation, Police Scotland, and invited guests were in attendance to help cut the cake marking the culmination of months of work producing the comic.

The comic was created by artists and Comics Clubbers at DCCS in collaboration with a group from Advocating Together Dundee and the Dundee Safe Place initiative. It demonstrates examples of disability hate crime, and then gives advice on what to do if it is experienced. This includes reporting to the Police and using Keep Safe places.

You can download a digital copy of the comic at the Advocating Together website.

The local press were also in attendance and there was a great feature in the Evening Telegraph just after Christmas.

Happy New Year from DCCS!

All the best for 2017 from everyone at DCCS!

Comics Clubs start up again on Tuesday 10th January at 4.30pm for 10-13 year olds, and Wednesday 11th January 4.30pm for 14-17 year olds. Hope to see you there!

To ease you in to the New Year, here is a great seasonal comic from 1969, see loads more British comics at Lew Stringer’s excellent blog – Blimey! The blog of British comics from the past, present, and future!

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Merry Christmas from DCCS!

Season’s greetings from everyone here at DCCS!

Over the last couple of weeks we asked our Comics Clubbers to come up with their own Christmas comics. As usual we were completely bowled over by the imagination and creativity in their comics. We thought this strip by Callum Bradley aged 10 was too good not to share! Although it is titled Best Christmas Ever! it might not be what you expect.
Beware Bad Santa!

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Ink & Pixels exhibition ends Saturday 26th November

Ink & Pixels ends this coming Saturday (26th November). The exhibition was curated by Louise Quirion and has been a great success – it was billed as the number one thing to see in Dundee this month!

This free exhibition is an opportunity to discover (or re-discover) Dundee’s comic scene! From The Beano to Treehouse, and all points in between. Humorous comics, serious comics, big and small, drawn with ink and pixels… This exhibition highlights contemporary graphic creation in Dundee. It also offers the chance to see comics by the next up-and-coming generation of comics makers – the DCCS Comics Clubbers!

Curator Louise Quirion will be on hand on Saturday to talk about the exhibition and provide information about the comics and artists. Open 12 to 6pm in DCCS HQ at Unit 7, The Vision Building, 20 Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB.

Look out for details of our next exhibition coming soon!

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poster by Elliot Balson

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